Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by cells in the human body and in most other living organisms. Hyaluronic acid’s role includes facilitating the cell division process, making the skin elastic and lubricating the joints. Hyaluronic acid can bind large amounts of water and this is an important property that underlies the NASHA™ gels’ unique characteristics. Hyaluronic acid is normally metabolized quickly in the body’s tissues but Q-Med’s unique stabilization process gives the hyaluronic acid in the NASHA™ gels an extended residence time in the body.
When NASHA™ gels are manufactured, the hyaluronic acid is modified minimally and in such a way that it preserves the natural structure of the hyaluronic acid. The NASHA gels are therefore experienced as hyaluronic acid by the body, which gives them excellent biocompatibility properties. The structure also gives them a unique ability to retain volume for a long period of time. The NASHA process is flexible and this makes it possible to manufacture gels that are adapted to different areas of use. Using the same basic technology, products can thus be produced that are adapted to different parts of the body, depending on what is desired and needed.
None of Q-Med’s competitors have managed to manufacture hyaluronic acid gels that have the same unique properties as the NASHA™ gels. Many competing products are not as viscous as Q-Med’s NASHA gels, which means that they cannot build and retain volume in the same way. Taken as a whole, all competing products, even those that are the least modified, are considerably more chemically changed than the NASHA gels. A great deal of chemical modification means that the material differs more from natural hyaluronic acid. This may mean that these gels can be experienced as substances that are foreign to the body, which results in worse biocompatibility. After more than ten years on the market, no competitor has yet managed to copy or surpass the NASHA gels’ unique properties: a unique, safe and versatile gel.
Advantages of the NASHA™ technology
| Low risk |
The NASHA™ gel is non-animal. Unlike animal hyaluronic acid, there is no risk of transmission of infectious substances.
| Long effect |
The NASHA™ gel is stabilized in a two-step process. This allows the effect of the implants to remain in place between six months and up to a couple of years, depending on what is desired and which product is injected.
NaturalThe NASHA™ gel is biologically degradable and is integrated into the tissue to allow free paasage of nutrients.
VersatileThe NASHA™ gel can be used for many different applications as it can be modified to achieve particular properties in different end products.