Aquamid is a unique soft-volume filler with immediate results and, unlike temporary fillers; these results will last up to 5-15 years.
It is bio-compatible, non-allergenic and its high water content makes the treated area look and feel soft and natural, helping to contour the face naturally but in a way that lasts and it is designed to smooth out and soften deep lines and wrinkles, restore facial volume, crate higher cheekbones and treat facial scars.
Aquamid is a soft volume filler which integrates naturally with the body’s own tissue. It is a bio-compatible, non-allergenic and non-absorbable hydro-gel consisting of 97.5% water and 2.5% cross-linked polyacrylamide.
It is suitable for both woman and men. It can help with deep folds around the mouth and nose, sunken cheeks, facial scars, chin augmentation and deep wrinkles and it is ideal for long lasting line and wrinkle correction. It is also ideal to enhance cheek volume, restore facial contour and volume and correct facial laxity and improve the jaw line and other areas.
Some patients could achieve a face lifting effect without the need of aggressive surgery, with the results lasting up to 5-10 years.
Polyacrylamide is a name for a large group of substances having the same basic synthesis materials but being different in characteristics. Polyacrylamide can vary substantially in their properties and hence, are not identical.
A large percentage of this dermal filler is water and the body will accept the gel, as it will only form a thin membrane around the implant which forms to keep it in place. Once injected in the tissue, it continuously exchanges water between the hydro-gel and the surrounding tissue. With time the gel becomes vascularised enabling access to the immune system.
The hydro-gel is homogeneous and does not contain micro-particles. Therefore, it does not cause tissue hardening or granulomas.
Aquamid Clinical Use
Aquamid allows the exchange of fluids with surrounding cells resembling normal tissue behavior. It maintains its shape and does not migrate from the injection site. The hydro-gel becomes totally integrated with the tissue. It follows the movements of the tissue, and hence, cannot be distinguished from tissue by touch and feel.
It can help with deep folds around the mouth and nose, sunken cheeks, facial scars and chin enhancement and augmentation of the nasal bridge.
In the 30s and 40s: Aquamid is ideal for enhancing cheek volume.
In the 50s and onward; Aquamid is ideal to restore facial contours and volume and correct facial laxity and improve the jaw line and other areas.
The volume injected is equivalent to the final results and enables to correct with precision, as the gel is very elastic, it moves with all facial expressions.
The effect of the injection is nearly permanent. As the initial swelling subsides there will be some loss of volume, for this reason in some cases 2-3 treatments may be necessary to obtain an optimum result. The hydro-gel cannot be removed completely by any of the procedures, however, the aesthetic experience can be altered if desired.
Aquamid is officially approved by MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA for restoration and correction of the signs of facial fat loss and is used for treating facial lines and wrinkles.
It is a bio-compatible permanent dermal filler which is challenging to be removed once it becomes integrated within the tissue, however, initially the gel can be removed easily by aspiration through a minute puncture or incision, but over time it becomes integrated within the tissue and hence, requires a surgical procedure or fracturing flowed by a suction.
Aquamid has a proven track record for safety and lasting satisfaction, based on ten years of experience and more than 600,000 treatments administered. It is considered a very safe treatment and there is no chance at all that patients will be allergic to it, as it contains no proteins.
As with all filler injections, there is a small risk of mild irritation, redness, tenderness or transient swelling at the injection site. Typically, such reactions resolve within a couple of days.
In rare cases an infection can occur. The symptoms could be a tingling sensation in the treated area. If an infection is suspected, the injecting doctor should be contacted. The recommended treatment is with broad-spectra antibiotics
Patients should note that they should avoid laser, peeling, skin resurfacing, pigmentation or aesthetic treatments in the area injected for at least six months before and after Aquamid injections.
During a long-term clinical trial, Doctors judged the aesthetic results at one, two, four and five years after, as very good or good in more than 90% of the patients. Furthermore, more than 90% of the patients were either very satisfied or satisfied at the one, two, four and five year follow-up.
Aquamid Vs Other Dermal Fillers
Unlike other fillers, the full effect of the filler is obtained immediately. Results are predictable and natural looking. The volume obtained with the AQ product range is equal to the amount injected and the results last for up to three to five years after the first treatment session.
With hyaluronic acid and collagen fillers, wrinkle correction usually lasts for three up to twelve months. Since AQ does not get absorbed in the body, the results last for many years, without need for re-treatments, however, each patient is different. It may be necessary for touch-up treatments, to reach the desired effect.
Only fully trained and qualified Facial plastic surgeon should perform Aquamid procedure. It is very important for the surgeon to have a good understanding of the surgical anatomy of the face in order to know where to inject carefully Aquamid.