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Hyaluronic Acid and Dermal Fillers

If you’re here poking around Dr. Malamet’s blog and website, you’ve probably already heard of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the basis of “naturally derived” dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane that Dr. Malamet uses with his patients. These fillers get that designation because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body. In fact, it occurs in just about every living thing. In humans, it acts as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to the skin cells. Hyaluronic acid keeps the skin younger looking.

Hyaluronic acid 101

Hyaluronic acid can be found throughout the human body. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It’s also in cartilage and joint fluids. Outside the world of aesthetics, you may have heard of hyaluronic acid being used as an injection for people with arthritis to ease the pain in their joints and to provide extra cushioning.

When hyaluronic acid gel is injected for aesthetic reasons, it acts like an inflated cushion supporting facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. For the skin, hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules to plump and hydrate the skin.

Where does Dr. Malamet use fillers?

Dr. Malamet uses Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane for different areas of the face to reduce wrinkles and areas such as the cheeks where volume has decreased. These are some specific issues he addresses with these fillers:

After your session

Most of our dermal filler sessions take 30 minutes or less. After your session, it’s important to not touch or push on the injection areas for 24 hours or so. This can cause the filler to migrate to an area where you don’t want it. Because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, allergic reactions are very rare. Otherwise, the injection sites may become slightly red, swollen, and have some very minor bruising.

Put hyaluronic acid to work for you. Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 to schedule an appointment.