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What is hyaluronic acid? 

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a transparent, jelly substance that is naturally produced by our bodies. On a molecular level it is made of complex sugars called glycosaminoglycans. It possesses wound-healing attributes and the ability to retain moisture in our skin by binding water molecules. With the aging process, our innate levels of HA decline, contributing to the onset of aging signs and dry skin. However, there are various methods available to supplement HA levels. 

 

Hyaluronic acid in skin care products and food:  

Hyaluronic acid is widely recognized as a key ingredient in skincare products, valued for its ability to restore lost moisture and promote skin hydration. Acting as a humectant, it attracts water molecules to the skin, resulting in a healthier complexion. Unfortunately, it only does so on the surface and as such, must be reapplied daily. The hydration effect improves plumpness and elasticity, which may result in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines over time.  

 

Additionally, hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in certain foods, such as fish, and poultry, as well as in bone broth. Incorporating these foods into your diet can support the body's production of hyaluronic acid, contributing to overall skin health and vitality. 

 

Hyaluronic acid in aesthetic medicine:  

In non-surgical aesthetic procedures, hyaluronic acid is commonly utilized as a dermal filler to hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles, or to add volume and structure to specific facial areas. The cross-linking of these HA filler molecules varies, affecting aspects like hydration and lifting effect, elasticity, tissue integration, and duration. Choosing an experienced injector with profound knowledge of anatomy and dedicated specialist training is essential for optimal results and safety.  

 

In our practice we only use premium brands such as Juvéderm, Restylane and PROFHILO, because of their superior characteristics.  

 

 In what areas can hyaluronic acid be used?  

 HA fillers can be used for: 

  • Skin hydration and structure 

  • Wrinkles 

  • Nasolabial folds 

  • Marionette lines 

  • Pre-jowl sulcus 

  • Lips 

  • Fine lines around the mouth 

  • Under the eyes 

  • Cheek augmentation 

  • Earlobes 

  • Jawlines 

  • Chin 

  • Temples 

  • Back of the hands 

  • And more 

 

It is essential to place the right product, in the right amount, in the right place, to avoid complications and overfilled and distorted looks. It is a myth that HA fillers resolve completely on their own. They gradually break down to some extent, but they can migrate, especially when not placed in the proper tissue plane. Fortunately, in most cases it is possible to reverse HA fillers using an enzyme called hyaluronidase, offering a significant safety benefit. 

 

Is injecting hyaluronic acid painful? 

Discomfort during injection depends on the injection technique and the location. To enhance patient comfort during the procedure, topical numbing agents or nerve blocks can be used. Additionally, HA fillers we use are mixed with a numbing solution called lidocaine to reduce pain. To further increase comfort, our patients have the option of Entonox® (laughing gas) during the treatment. Cold packs may be applied after the treatment to reduce swelling and bruising. 

 

Trust in years of experience with premier injectables. Book your next HA treatment at Redeker Aesthetics! 

 

 

 

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