Here’s the scoop on Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic Acid (aka HA) products have popped up in beauty aisles everywhere. This much hyped ingredient has gained superstar status because of it’s many beauty benefits. HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body that works as a magnet for moisture vital to our skin’s health. HA helps your cells retain and regulate moisture levels (holding up to 1000x it’s weight in water) leaving your skin feeling and looking plump, healthy and hydrated. Bonus: Smooth, plump skin helps lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Best of all, it works for everyone, no matter the skin type. Topical HA products are great for hydrating and mildly plump the skin however these creams and serums can’t penetrate beneath the skin and restore lost volume in the way injectable Hyaluronic Acid fillers do.
The first HA dermal filler was developed back in 1989 and we’ve come a long way since! HA fillers have become an increasingly popular tool in correcting loss of volume, a hallmark sign of aging. Over time we natural produce less collagen, and our skin thins. Our cells produce less hyaluronic acid, skin moisture can drop, and our cell turnover slows down – this is when lines, wrinkles and texture issues start appearing. Key benefits include their longevity (lasting between 6 months to 24 months). According to recent studies, HA injections may also stimulate collagen production, leading to healthier looking skin the in long run
Common uses include:
• Acne scars
• Cheek volume
• Nasolabial folds (those deep smile lines that run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth)
• Marionette lines (at the corners of the mouth)
• Lip plumping / thinning lips
• Smoker’s lines (vertical lines of the mouth)
• Facial scars
• Minor nose augmentation (non-surgical nose job)
Fillers smooth out the skin by ‘fill’ing in and plumping depressions. The most common fillers used to be Collagen based, but these days most fillers use HA. Why the switch? HA fillers are soft and moldable which allows for minor adjustments and sculpting immediately after the injection. They are also a great option because they’re reversible. If you don’t love your results it’s often possible to make corrections (keep in mind, the best approach depends on the area, nature and severity of the problem). HA fillers can be partially or completely removed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. While not suitable in all cases, under the right circumstances hyaluronidase can be injected into the treated area to dissolve the HA and help lessen the results of a poorly performed injection.
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