As we age the skin naturally loses volume and elasticity, leading to the formation of folds and sagging. Commonly these will be in the most expressive parts of your face; on the mid and lower face and around the mouth. This loss of volume is due to diminishing Hyaluronic acid and collagen.
The HArmonyCa treatment combines two active ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) in one injection to support the lower face area. This dual-effect hybrid injectable provides an immediate lift from Hyaluronic Acid, a natural substance found within us which causes us to look plump and youthful when we are young. The Calcium Hydroxyapatite provides a sustained lifting effect from the gradual collagen stimulation and therefore has longer-lasting results.
HArmonyCa is used to treat the mid and lower face. Product is placed in the cheek, midface and jaw areas.
As with any aesthetic procedure, it is absolutely essential that a full and comprehensive consultation is performed prior to any treatment. The consultation will always include your past medical and surgical history, lifestyle, allergies and medications. Pregnancy and breast feeding is an absolute contraindication to dermal fillers.
HArmonyCa is an injectable but discomfort is minimal, there is very little ‘down-time’ and you can return to your day immediately after your appointment.
HArmonyCa is a hybrid filler, which means that it has two beneficial components. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) spheres. HA: an immediate lifting effect with the longevity of over a year. CaHA: gradually appearing, long-lasting collagen synthesis triggered by the CaHA spheres, which improves the structure and fullness of the skin beyond the longevity of the HA component. The result is smoother skin with fewer wrinkles or dynamic lines at the sides of the face. The new collagen fibres may be present as early as one week following treatment. Results can last up to 2 years.
HArmonyCa is administered into the skin superficially. So, it is safe and comes with minimal discomfort. Injection site bruising is highly unlikely, but it can happen. Commonly occurring minimal side effects (redness, swelling, pain, tenderness and itching) are manageable and self-limiting. The product also contains Lidocaine which makes the procedure more comfortable for the patient by immediately numbing the treatment area.
Unlike Botox, HArmoniCa, as with dermal fillers does not require a prescription. This means that the Industry is essentially unregulated.
While all cosmetic procedures carry some element of risk, calls for increased regulation when it comes to dermal fillers have been gaining increased momentum. The JCCP recently launched a national petition to ‘Make Dermal Fillers prescription only and relevant insurance mandatory’. The petition notes, “Reviews of patient attitudes have exposed a gap between levels of legislation and protection expected by patients and the reality. Classification of fillers as a prescription only device would close this gap”.
Commenting on the petition, Professor David Sines, chair of the JCCP said, “By restricting fillers to be prescription devices only you would provide professional oversight for non-prescriber practitioners who can access them. As would making the insurance required mandatory in accordance with prescription riser requirements. I would encourage all practitioners in the specialty to sign the petition and advise their patients to as well.”
An experienced injector and prescriber will always ensure that a thorough consultation is performed and should be happy to answer any questions you may have. Consider asking the following;
- What is your level of experience and qualifications?
- What is the name or brand of product you are using?
- Are there any risks or side effects I could experience?
- What will happen if anything goes wrong?
- What insurance cover do you have for HArmonyCa treatments?
The treatment consists of the administration of 2 syringes of HArmonyCa (1 syringe of 1.25ml each side).
£795 per treatment.