In this blog from Youthology, we explain everything you’ve ever wondered about hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic Acid: An Important, Naturally-Occuring Substance
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that is naturally found in the human body. It is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a type of carbohydrate molecule that is widely distributed in connective tissues, neural tissues, and other areas of the body. HA plays a crucial role in various biological processes and is particularly abundant in the skin, joints, and eyes.
The structure of hyaluronic acid consists of repeating units of a disaccharide composed of glucuronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine. This unique structure allows HA to have exceptional water-binding and lubricating properties. It can bind and retain large amounts of water molecules, contributing to the hydration, lubrication, and elasticity of tissues.
In the skin, hyaluronic acid is primarily found in the extracellular matrix, which is a network of molecules that provides structural support to the skin cells. HA helps to maintain moisture balance, improve skin elasticity, and promote a smooth and supple appearance. It also assists in wound healing by providing a scaffold for cell migration and tissue repair.
In the joints, hyaluronic acid acts as a shock absorber and lubricant, allowing smooth movement between bones and reducing friction. It helps to maintain the integrity of cartilage and promotes joint health and flexibility.
As we age, the natural production of hyaluronic acid in the body tends to decrease, leading to a gradual loss of moisture and elasticity in the skin, as well as potential joint discomfort. This has led to the use of hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in skincare products and medical treatments, such as dermal fillers and viscosupplementation for joint pain, to replenish and restore HA levels.
How Is Hyaluronic Acid Used As A Cosmetic Injectable?
Hyaluronic acid is commonly used in cosmetic injectables, such as dermal fillers, for its ability to improve the appearance of the skin and restore volume to specific areas of the face. Here are some key uses and benefits of hyaluronic acid in cosmetic injectables:
1. Wrinkle reduction: As we age, the skin gradually loses hyaluronic acid, resulting in a loss of moisture, elasticity, and volume. Cosmetic injectables containing hyaluronic acid can be used to fill in wrinkles, fine lines, and deep folds, smoothing out the skin and creating a more youthful appearance.
2. Volume restoration: Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to restore lost volume in areas like the cheeks, lips, and under-eye hollows. By injecting hyaluronic acid into these areas, the filler adds volume and plumps up the skin, resulting in a fuller, more youthful appearance.
3. Lip augmentation: Hyaluronic acid fillers are commonly used for lip augmentation and enhancement. They can add volume, definition, and symmetry to the lips, helping to achieve a desired shape and fullness.
4. Facial contouring: Hyaluronic acid fillers can be strategically injected to contour and shape the face. For example, they can be used to define the jawline, enhance cheekbones, or improve the overall facial symmetry.
What Should I Know Before Getting Hyaluronic Acid Cosmetic Injectables?
Quick results with minimal downtime: One of the advantages of hyaluronic acid injectables is that the results are typically immediate. The procedure is minimally invasive, and most people can resume their daily activities shortly after treatment.
Temporary effects: Hyaluronic acid fillers are not permanent, which can be seen as both an advantage and a disadvantage. The effects typically last several months to a year, depending on the specific product used and individual factors. This allows for adjustments and flexibility in achieving desired outcomes.
Safety profile: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body, which makes it generally well-tolerated and safe. Adverse reactions are rare, and in case of any issues, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with the help of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
It’s important to note that cosmetic injectables should only be administered by qualified professionals who have received appropriate training and have a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. They can assess individual needs, discuss potential risks, and determine the most suitable treatment plan for optimal results.
Juvederm And Restylane At Youthology
Youthology is proud to offer Juvederm and Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers. Juvederm is best used to:
- Remove wrinkle lines
- Add volume to lips
- Create balance in asymmetrical lips
- Reduce vertical lines on lips (from years of smoking)
- Treat deep marionette lines or nasolabial folds
- Increase plumpness or liftedness of cheeks
- Fill in hollowed-out temples
- Address deep cystic acne scarring
Restylane is best used for:
- Reducing wrinkles throughout the face
- Lip enhancement
- Adding volume to cheeks
- Minimizing dark circles under the eyes
Choose Youthology For Prevention, Restoration, And Refinement
At Youthology Medical, we strive to provide minimally invasive treatments to our clients that meet our clients’ needs and their desired results. Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Grobman and our team will create the right treatment plan for your needs. If you are interested in rejuvenating your appearance and are near Melville and surrounding communities in New York, call 516-817-6423 to book an appointment.