Aquamid is a non-absorbable injectable filler for aesthetic and reconstructive purposes. It consists of 97.5% water and 2.5% polyacrylamide so it becomes completely integrated with the body's own tissue. The treatment area is numbed with local anesthesia after which the needle is inserted at a 30° angle on the border of the vermilion until reaching the subcutaneous level where the Aquamid is implanted. Gentle pressure is applied while slowly withdrawing the needle without penetrating the muscular level. The filler is used to add volume as well as lessen wrinkles and folds.

Ideal candidates are individuals who want to correct wrinkles, folds, replenish facial fullness or add volume. Patients with a history of extreme allergies, autoimmune disorders, infections or medical condition in, or near, the injection site are not good candidates. Patients that are pregnant or nursing are also not good candidates. There is no gender restriction for this procedure.

The cost of Aquamid depends on a variety of factors including fees charged by the hospital or surgical facilities, any necessary medical tests, the surgeon's level of expertise, the geographic location of the procedure and if other procedures are performed at the same time. In general, the cost is $1000-$2000 per treatment.

The procedure corrects wrinkles and folds and adds volume to rejuvenate the face and give a youthful look. There is little downtime needed after the procedure but there could be minor pain, redness, tenderness and swelling near the injection site for a few days after the procedure. The full results are seen immediately and last for a period of 5-10 years.



submitted on   Thu Jul, 09, 2015 by Alexander Ovchinsky, MD     
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