Since the Swiss innovation in 2008 of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to treat burns, the advanced treatment has evolved into a new filler for the face. Use of the patient’s own blood to create the PRP has given the procedure the humorous name of “Vampire Facelift” in the US. But, things have changed. Scientific advances have allowed us now to use PRP as a filler for lines and for lips. We add special proteins to the filler derived from the patient’s own blood to thicken it and the gel-like substance is injected into targeted areas like nasolabial folds and hollow cheeks to rejuvenate the look of the patient and to enhance a patient’s natural beauty. The procedure is safe and simple for the patient as well as being cost effective by comparison with the traditional hyaluronic based fillers produced in laboratories.
Since the Swiss innovation in 2008 of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to treat burns, the advanced treatment has evolved into a new filler for the face. Use of the patient’s own blood to create the PRP has given the procedure the humorous name of “Vampire Facelift” in the US. But, things have changed. Scientific advances have
We are in the age of the cosmetic fillers. It seems every month a new filler is available and designed to do something very unique. When we started it seemed there was only a couple injectable to choose from but now we have a variety. Many people ask what is the difference? Well, there are two major areas that separate these fillers from one another and that is their density (viscosity) as well as the amount of water they attracted (hydrophilic capabilities).
When it comes to lip injections we have noticed a great improvement in this area with some of the new fillers. When we inject the lips we want to use a filler that is soft and will mimic the tissue of the lips. Now we are in an era when we can choose that perfect filler that will do so. However, we also don’t want a filler that is too soft and will not allow us to augment the lips in the perfect way.
Clearly, choosing the right filler for the lips is an art. This is why it is important to only get injections with an expert injector who knows these differences between the different products. When you go in to get your injections make sure to ask lots of questions and also why the injector chose that specific product for the area being treated.
We are in the age of the cosmetic fillers. It seems every month a new filler is available and designed to do something very unique. When we started it seemed there was only a couple injectable to choose from but now we have a variety. Many people ask what is the difference? Well, there are
MetroMD has been a premier Botox provider in Los Angeles for almost a decade. Many of our patients come to us looking for ways to diminish fine lines and that is done with Botox Injections. Botox is a simple and quick solution for eliminating these pesky fine lines.
Botox is a type of botulin toxin that paralyzes muscles. When this is injected into areas where fine lines occur the muscle softens and the lines disappear. However, you need to make sure you get this done by an expert injector with years of experience like those at MetroMD.
This treatment only takes 15-30 minutes to complete. Results are typically fully seen in 7-10 days and last up to six months. This is a treatment plan that takes maintenance and requires you to revisit your injector a couple times a year.
So, if you are looking for Botox for fine lines in Los Angeles, make sure you visit MetroMD. We have three expert injectors who can help you achieve your goals. Don’t forget to check our reviews before coming so you will be comfortable you are in good hands.
MetroMD has been a premier Botox provider in Los Angeles for almost a decade. Many of our patients come to us looking for ways to diminish fine lines and that is done with Botox Injections. Botox is a simple and quick solution for eliminating these pesky fine lines. Botox is a type of botulin toxin
What is Revanesse Versa?
Revanesse Versa is hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found within the body. It may be produced by bacteria and puri ed for use as injectable soft tissue filler in order to correct the appearance of facial wrinkles and creases, (nasolabial folds). The product is approved for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration for the cosmetic treatment of facial wrinkles and creases.
How does Revanesse Versa work?
Revanesse Versa is an injection into the facial tissue to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and creases, such as nasolabial folds. The injection results in a smoothing e etc. The product is intended for individuals 22 years of age or more seeking correction of their facial wrinkles and creases.
Are there any warnings I should be aware of?
If you have an adverse in ammatory reaction, such as redness, pain, and swelling that persist for one week or more after treatment with Revanesse Versa, you should report this immediately to your doctor. If you are under the age of 22 you should not be treated with Revanesse Versa.
Warning: One of the risks of using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin. If you have changes in your vision, signs of a stroke (including sudden di culty speaking, numbness or weakness in your face, arms, or legs, di culty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion), white appearance of the skin, or unusual pain during or shortly after treatment, you should notify your healthcare practitioner immediately.
Are there any reasons why I should not (contraindications) receive the Revanesse Versa injection?
You should not be treated with Revanesse Versa if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the safety of these products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied
- have a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation
- have evidence of scars at the intended treatment sites
- have acne and/or other in ammatory diseases of the skin, such as rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis,
- have allergic history including;
- – severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis),
- – heightened immune responses to common allergens especially inhaled allergens and food allergens (atopy),
- – allergy to natural rubber latex,
- – allergy to hyaluronic acid products,
of allergens (desensitization therapy) during treatment with Revanesse Versa.
• have an acute or chronic skin disease, such as seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea, in or near the injection sites, or any infection or unhealed wound of the face
• are under concomitant anticoagulant therapy, antiplatelet therapy, or have a history of bleeding disorders, clotting disorders such as hemophilia or connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus
You should never use Revanesse Versa in conjunction with a laser, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling or dermabrasion treatments, or with Over-the-counter (OTC) wrinkle products or prescription wrinkle treatments within 4 weeks (28 days) prior to treatment, as there is a possible risk of infection at the treatment site if these procedures are performed before treatment.
Is there anything else I can do to improve the appearance of my facial wrinkles and creases?
Your doctor will talk to you about other options, including the important risks and benefits. In addition, you may discuss your options with your regular health care provider if you have questions. Some other products that can be used to correct your facial wrinkles and creases are:
• Topical products such as retinoids, peptides, and silicones • Other dermal llers such as Restylane® or Juvederm®
• Semi-permanent fillers such as Radiesse® and Sculptra® • Botox®
• Dermabrasion or laser abrasion
• Surgical correction
All devices and procedures involve a certain amount of risk. You should be aware of the expected and normal occurrences following tissue filler injections, as well as the possible complications.
What are the risks?
• Bleeding and Bruising: Bleeding is usually minimal and resolves within a few minutes. It is possible to have a bleeding episode from the injection of the local anesthesia or ller that requires treatment, but it is unusual. Bruising in the area is also an expected reaction and can take up to a week to resolve.
• Swelling: Swelling is also expected and may take several days to a week to resolve. It is unusual but medical treatment may be necessary if swelling is slow to resolve.
• Pain: Some discomfort is expected with injections but usually lasts less than a day. Other risks that are less likely, but may occur, include the following:
• Acne-like skin eruptions
• Skin sensitivity (rash, itching, tenderness) • Skin infection
• Damage to nerves or blood vessels
• Skin lumpiness
• Skin necrosis (death of the skin)
• Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
• Reactivation of herpes infection (blisters or skin sores)
As with using any dermal ller, there is a risk of allergic reaction. If you have a very serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) you may require emergency medical help and be at risk of death. Some symptoms of allergic reactions are:
• a rash
• having a hard time breathing
• wheezing when you breathe
• sudden drop in blood pressure
• swelling of the face
• fast pulse
• dizziness or fainting
• inability to breathe without assistance o a feeling of dread
One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities or blindness.
Ask your doctor if you have questions about any of the side effects, and please tell your doctor or your doctor’s sta right away if you have any side effects. Please tell them if you have any other problems with your health or the way you feel, whether or not you think these problems are related to the products.
How long does Revanesse Versa last?
The length of time for wrinkle correction varies. Many people maintain correction at six months, and /or continued to be happy with the level of correction at six months or more. Revanesse Versa is absorbed by the body over time.
What happens before the procedure?
Your doctor will examine you, and will explain the procedure and the potential risks. You will be asked about your health, your medical history, and the medications you take and have recently taken. You should advise your doctor of any of your concerns before the procedure, and discuss any questions related to the procedure.
What happens during the procedure?
The doctor will prepare the area to be treated. There is some pain associated with the injection of the product. You should discuss your concerns about injection-related pain with your doctor. The doctor will inject the ller, during which you may experience tenderness or a stinging sensation in the area of the injection. The procedure does not take long, often 15 to 30 minutes.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Following treatment, a cold compress or ice may be applied for any bruising or swelling at the injection site. You may also gently massage the area with constant pressure for several minutes. The most common side effects include: bruising, redness, swelling, pain, and itching.
You should contact your doctor if you experience redness, itching or pain at the injection site for recommendations for over-the-counter treatment (such as Tylenol, Motrin or Benadryl). Most side e ects occur shortly after injection and go away within two weeks. If you experience a reaction that lasts longer than two weeks, or what you think may be a delayed reaction to the product, contact your doctor.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms such as unusual pain, vision changes, a white appearance of skin near the injection site (blanching) or any other unexpected symptoms. While rare, unexpected symptoms include unusual pain, vision changes, or any signs of a stroke (including sudden di culty speaking, numbness or weakness in your face, arms, or legs, di culty walking, visual changes, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion) during or shortly after the procedure.
Additional side e ects of dermal llers less commonly reported include infections, lumps, and bumps, discoloration or change in pigmentation. It is rare for patients to have a delayed onset reaction or an infection such as cold sores (herpetic sores).
Rare, but serious risks, of dermal fillers include: scarring, blurred vision, partial vision loss, and blindness if the dermal ller is inadvertently injected into a blood vessel. In occasionally rare cases, there have been reports of unintentional injection of the product into a blood vessel with dermal ller products. It is recommended that doctors take care to avoid injection into blood vessels (especially around the forehead, nose and eye area) for these reasons, allergic reaction that may lead to a severe reaction (anaphylactic shock) that requires emergency medical help.
What did the clinical study show?
The clinical study demonstrated that Revanesse Versa is safe and approximately the same performance as an FDA approved dermal ller (non-inferior to comparator) in patients undergoing correction of facial wrinkles and creases (nasolabial folds). The patients in the main study were o ered retreatment with Revanesse Versa if they had returned to their previous wrinkle severity or needed optimal correction at six months post treatment. Of the 163 patients in the study:
• 4 patients discontinued the study early • 88 did not continue to retreatment
– 36 maintained optimal correction at 6 months o 32 were satis ed with the results at 6 months o 7 did not continue for personal reasons
– 8 were not satis ed with the results
– 4 did not continue because they experienced an adverse event – 1 was not eligible for retreatment
• 71 patients were retreated
The 71 patients that were retreated showed improvement in the Wrinkle Severity Rating Score (WSRS), a patient evaluation (Patient Global Aesthetic Improvement or pGAI), and an evaluation by the doctor (Investigator Global Aesthetic Improvement or iGAI) at the end of the retreatment study (52 weeks). The study did not demonstrate any safety concerns with retreatment of Revanesse Versa for men or women at least 22 years of age with nasolabial folds (NFLs) with a moderate or severe Wrinkle Severity Rating Score (WSRS) score at baseline who had previously received 1 or 2 treatments with Revanesse Versa or an FDA approved marketed dermal ller.
In the clinical study the most commonly observed side e ects were swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, and itching at the injection site.
These are typically mild in severity and typically resolved in less than 7 days. These side e ects are expected with most dermal ller products.
The company completed three US clinical studies to evaluate Revanesse Versa in
the correction of nasolabial folds. In the main study (SYM2014-02 Main Study) 163 patients were followed for 24 weeks after injection with Revanesse Versa injectable
gel in one nasolabial fold (NLF) and a Comparator in the other NLF. In the retreatment study (SYM2014-02 Retreatment), 71 patients from the main study were retreated with Revanesse Versa and followed for a total of 52 weeks. In the third study (SYM2016-02), 100 patients were treated with Revanesse Versa in one NLF, and the product containing lidocaine in the other NLF and were followed for 24 weeks. The data from these studies was combined to evaluate the impact of Revanesse Versa injections on di erent subgroups based on race and ethnicity. The adverse event incidence was evaluated by race and Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST) (which range from Type I very pale to Type VI very dark).
The combined studies had no incidences of darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), or formation of excessive scarring (keloids) and/or thick scarring (hypertrophic scars).
There were 97 injections of Revanesse Versa in the Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV-VI category, with 308 injections in the I-III category. The percentage of incidences of each type of adverse event was greater for the I-III FST (pale to cream white or yellowish) than for the IV-VI FST (olive or light brown skin to very dark brown).
I. 66.67% (There were 3 injections in FST I skin type of which 2 had swelling)
II. 50% (There were 50 injections in FST II skin type of which 25 had swelling)
III. 45.78% (There were 83 injections in FST III skin type of which 38 had swelling) IV. 43.75% (There were 16 injections in FST IV skin type of which 7 had swelling) V. 75% (There were 4 injections in FST V skin type of which 3 had swelling)
VI. 28.57% (There were 7 injections in FST VI skin type of which 2 had swelling)
In the Retreatment Study (SYM 2014-02 Retreatment) the most injection site swelling was observed in the FST IV with 4 incidences out of 12 injections:
I. 0% (There were 0 injections in FST I skin type of which 0 had swelling)
II. 31.48% (There were 54 injections in FST II skin type of which 17 had swelling) III. 30% (There were 60 injections in FST III skin type of which 18 had swelling) IV. 33.33% (There were 12 injections in FST IV skin type of which 4 had swelling) V. 16.67% (There were 6 injections in FST V skin type of which 1 had swelling) VI. 20% (There were 10 injections in FST VI skin type of which 2 had swelling)
In all three studies there were no incidences of darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation),
What is Revanesse Versa? Revanesse Versa is hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found within the body. It may be produced by bacteria and puri ed for use as injectable soft tissue filler in order to correct the appearance of facial wrinkles and creases, (nasolabial folds). The product