Dermal fillers and biotoxins have become extremely popular in recent years as they provide desirable aesthetic improvements with little to no downtime. What once required expensive and invasive surgery can now be done during an average lunch hour.
Typical dermal filling/biotoxin procedures involve injections under the skin, which plump out the targeted grooves or wrinkles or paralyzes the muscles to prevent the wrinkle from forming. Administration of these fillers requires a clinician to have expert familiarity with facial anatomy, vascularization, and neurology, but as with all implant fillers, biodegradable or non-biodegradable, and biotoxins, complications may ensue from their intrinsic nature and challenges in placement. For example, Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by experienced plastic surgeons, but botulinum toxins still can occasionally migrate to other parts of the body, causing serious side effects such as systemic muscle weakness, vision problems, and speech impairment. Dermal filler procedures gone awry can also lead to unwanted cosmetic results, such as clumping (bumps caused by too much filler at a given point), dehiscence (bursting of skin) or migration to an undesirable location. Simply put, even in the best hands, dermal fillers and toxins, which are delivered in a liquid state, do not always go where intended.
Responding to these challenges, TauTona developed Aline Aesthetics Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Thread Technology – an entirely new platform of soft tissue modifiers using an entirely different form of a common dermal filler – a lyophilized one (fundamentally “freeze dried”, like camping food and coffee.) Hyaluronic acid (HA) is already the injectable filler of choice since it is naturally occurring in the body with no neurological side effects, but the groundbreaking Thread Technology also minimizes other risks.
The patented HA formulation converts liquid HA to a solid-state, resorbable thread – resembling a fishing line. When attached to a needle, the clinician can accurately place the thread beneath a wrinkle, from one end to the other, where it will stay, rehydrate, and smooth the wrinkle from the inside.
The Aline Aesthetic platform is revolutionary, and can be used in a myriad of other plastic surgery procedures including meshes, stents and wound care dressings.
Allergan (www.allergan.com), creators of Botox, acquired Aline Aesthetics with plans to integrate the threads technology in their aesthetic product portfolio.