The term hyaluronic acid is not new in the facial rejuvenation scene but the fillers that utilize it have steadily risen up the ranks of popularity. In its 2014 statistics, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported there were nearly 1.6 million hyaluronic acid filler injections performed last year in the U.S. Hyaluronic acid filler injections are now the second most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure.
Hyaluronic acid dissected
First off, hyaluronic acid is not an acid per se. If you want to get down to science, hyaluronic acid is considered a naturally occurring substance (a polysaccharide to be specific) found in the human body. It serves multiple functions but one of its crucial roles is cushioning and lubricating the eyes, hair, skin, nerves, and joints.
In the skin, hyaluronic acid’s role is to attract and retain moisture, which makes your skin soft, plump, and youthful! Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid levels dwindle with age.
How hyaluronic acid fillers work
When hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the target area, the hyaluronic acid works like a sponge. It binds with water molecules and swells, creating a plump, youthful look. There is also evidence that hyaluronic acid injections stimulate the production of collagen, another naturally occurring substance that helps keep the skin supple and plump by supporting its underlying structure.
When to choose hyaluronic acid fillers
Popular brands of hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and Prevelle work well in addressing the following issues:
- Frown lines
- Tear trough deformities
- Nasolabial folds (the lines that the run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth)
- Cheek depressions
- Thinning lips
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