Unless you have been living off-grid for the last few years, you probably have heard of facial fillers. With a quick facial filler treatment, lips can look fuller, wrinkles and lines can be erased and the face can appear more youthful. The most popular agent used in facial fillers is hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring substance in the skin. Here is how hyaluronic acid works and why it is such a popular cosmetic treatment.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Your skin cells all need moisture. Hyaluronic acid is produced by the cells to collect and retain water like super-absorbent sponges; a gram of hyaluronic acid can hold six liters of water. Sun exposure and aging deplete hyaluronic acid in the skin. This reduces the soft, supple texture and appearance. Lines, wrinkles and sagging can occur, increased by loss of collagen and other skin structural elements.
What Happens When Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are Injected?
Popular hyaluronic acid facial fillers like Juvederm or Restylane are used to plump the skin. Injecting a tiny amount of hyaluronic acid suspended in a gel attracts and holds moisture in the skin. Almost immediately the area under the skin is thickened. This can fill out thin lips or smooth away lines and wrinkles.
Facial fillers are designed in a variety of formulas to be used for different cosmetic purposes. Smaller particles are used for delicate skin in the lips or around the eyes; larger particles with firmer results can be used for facial contouring or to fill deep smile lines. The results diminish as the hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body – this can be anywhere from six months to up to two years, depending on the formula.
If you are interested in learning more about hyaluronic acid fillers, visit an experienced dermatologist that offers cosmetic injection treatments.
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Olansky Dermatology Associates
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