Anika Therapeutics, well known for its research in hyaluronic acid products, has created a dermal filler, Hydrelle as its latest entry to the market. This filler is a hyaluronic acid; it can be used to fill in facial wrinkles. In particular, Hydrelle works best on nasolabial folds, or laugh lines. According to the company, a Hydrelle injection is roughly half the size of a normal filler injection.
Side effects are still the same—swelling, redness, tenderness and bruising. However, this is the first dermal filler that contains lidocaine, an anesthetic. As a result, a patient who chooses Hydrelle will have fewer injections and less pain during the process. This will allow the process itself to be completed sooner, and the patient’s recovery time will be improved. Physicians will also enjoy the benefit of having a painkiller automatically included in the medication, which saves them the step of having to numb the patient first. Patients interested in this treatment should make an appointment to talk to their doctors as soon as possible.