What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Posted November 6th, 2019 by Social Media and filed in Uncategorized

Hyaluronic Acid is a clear, gel-like substance that is naturally produced in our bodies.   It acts like a sponge holding 1000 times its weight in water. Large amounts are found in our skin, connective tissue (joints) and eyes.  Its main function is to bind water and keep our tissues well hydrated, lubricated and moist. As we age, our bodies produce less HA. So along with the natural aging process and exposure to the elements such as UV rays, smoke and pollution, we have less and less HA in our bodies as we get older.  Less HA in our skin means less moisture and more lines, creases and wrinkles.  

Fortunately, we have access to many over the counter products that contain HA.  We can apply the serums and lotions topically to retain moisture in our skin. It is recommended that we use products that contain at least 1% HA in serums or lotions.  HA is also available to take orally, 100-200mg per day is the recommended dose.  

Here at the office, I have the ability to offer my patients Hyaluronic Acid injected into the dermis of the skin to smooth wrinkles, fill creases, and add overall volume to the face in the areas that we lose volume with age.  Juvederm® and Restylane® are the products that we use most frequently for this. They each have a full line of fillers that are developed for various areas of the face and can last anywhere between 9 months and 2 years. They are very effective in replacing the HA that we have lost with age.  We can use them to fill increases that have become deeper with time or we can use them to create volume in areas that we would like enhanced such as the lips, cheek bones or jawline.  

The great news is that these products are extremely safe as we already produce this molecule in our body.  Allergic reactions are extremely rare. We also have an enzyme that is safely injected to dissolve the HA filler if we do not like the result or have an adverse event.  HA fillers are eventually absorbed safely by the body which is why they only last for a certain amount of time.  

We offer complimentary consultation on all our Aesthetic fillers.  Call today to see if Hyaluronic Acid fillers are the right product you! 248-524-0620

Kristen Lotz, PA-C

Aesthetic Injector

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