Prevelle, and Prevelle Silk are facial dermal fillers, used to treat moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles, and nasolabial folds. Prevelle is manufactured by Mentor and Genzyme Corporations, then bought by Johnson and Johnson. Prevelle was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008, and has been used around the world.
What Is Prevelle and Prevelle Silk
Prevelle and Prevelle Silk are non-animal hyaluronic acid facial dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a chief component of connective tissue in the body, and injections of Prevelle’s soft, colorless gel, can add volume and fullness to the face, and hydrate the skin as well. Prevelle Silk contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, making injections less painful.
Prevelle is used for finer lines and wrinkles, on more delicate areas of skin, and is injected into the upper or middle dermal layer of skin. Prevelle Silk is used for deeper lines, and injected deeper into the dermis. Prevelle products are a good entry-level filler for those patients who are trying a dermal filler for the first time. Restylane and Juvederm products are similar, but have a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, therefore lasting longer, and working better on deeper wrinkles, lines, and folds in the facial area.
There is not an allergy pre-test required for Prevelle products because they are non-animal hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers, however you should not receive Prevelle injections if you:
- Have a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergies)
- Are allergic to gram positive bacterial proteins
- Are allergic to lidocaine
- Have skin lesions or open facial wounds or current acne pimples
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are taking prescribed blood-thinning medication, or over the counter medications which thin the blood
The Prevelle Silk Procedure, Cost, And Side-Effects
The procedure begins with choosing an experienced doctor to perform injections. Your medical history should be discussed, and desired results reviewed. The injection sites will be marked on the face, and after cleansing, injections will be administered. Prevelle Silk contains lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic, so it does not hurt as much as other dermal filler injections.
The procedure takes up to 30 minutes, and the results are immediate. Some side effects experienced may be injection-site pain, tenderness, redness, lumps, bumps, and swelling. These side effects usually only last seven days at the most, and may not be experienced at all. The extent of bruising, lumps, and swelling, are directly related to the expertise of the injection administrator, so it is important that your doctor has had previous experience with these products.
The injection costs vary, depending on how many injections are necessary, but on average, treatments cost approximately $400. The results are immediate, and there is no downtime. The results will last from 3 to 6 months, and follow-up injections will be necessary to maintain the desired results.
Prevelle Silk Reviews
A unique quality to Prevelle is that it creates very little swelling, compared to other more concentrated, or thicker dermal facial fillers. The reviewers seemed to like Prevelle for lip enhancement, because it was more natural looking than other injections. The complaints seemed to be that Prevelle Silk did not last long enough, or did not meet their desired expectations.
Prevelle Silk is a good product to try for finer wrinkles, or if you do not want a dramatic difference. If your expectations are too high, Prevelle Silk may not be the product for you. It does have in its favor that it requires no allergy test, results are immediate, and with very little pain because it contains lidocaine, and results in little swelling. It may not last quite as long, but the longevity really depends on where it is injected, how your body absorbs it, and if the injections were administered properly.