There’s Something New on the Dermal Filler Horizon
For the past several years, we’ve made great use of the hyaluronic acid that the human body naturally produces. Injectable soft tissue fillers containing synthetic hyaluronic acid continue to impress us with their ability to smooth lines and wrinkles and recontour the face and hands. Now, as innovation would have it, we may have something new to look forward to, a biodegradable, biocompatible filler made of silk.
Developed by a subsidiary of Silk, Inc. the new filler currently under development is expected to undergo stringent clinical trials beginning this year. If all goes as expected by the developer, we may very well have a new filler sometime in 2022. This product is being made as an alternative to the hyaluronic acid fillers we have come to rely on in recent years. Instead of tiny molecules of a sugar acid, the silk filler is a literal suspension of Activated Silk, pure silk protein (yes, the kind that is made by silkworms).
Why Do We Need Something New?
With the proven success of existing dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid products Restylane and Juvéderm, calcium hydroxylapatite-based Radiesse, and Sculptra, with its collagen-stimulating poly-L-lactic acid, why look to something entirely different? The makers of this proposed filler see their product as having specific advantages.
According to the co-founder of the company developing the new silk filler, this product is made to integrate into the skin’s natural collagen network while retaining properties that allow doctors to reverse treatment if so desired. The manufacturers intent is to bring a product to the market that achieves natural-looking results with less swelling and general inflammation than other dermal fillers (which is already quite low). Finally, it is said that the silk biomaterial used in the new filler can be tailored for longevity ranging from 3 months to 2 years.
Overall, we tend to perceive more choices as “better.” However, diligent testing is needed to evaluate how a silk dermal filler will hold up compared to the qualified options currently available. On our part, we’ll be keeping a close eye on clinical trials to observe the value a new filler might bring to our patients.
Have you been considering how dermal fillers may rejuvenate your appearance? Let’s talk. Call 206-859-5777 to schedule a visit at our Seattle or Renton office.