Due to ageing, hereditary factors and photodamage, the fibroblasts- the collagen production cells- degenerate and decrease in number and so does the natural hyaluronic acid production. Since Hyaluronic Acid is an important structural element and a highly hydrophilic substance (it attracts water up to 1000 its weight), its degeneration results in the skin looking very thin, fragile, and sallow with apparent loss of elasticity and volume, causing wrinkles and making expression lines deeper.
Medical Aesthetics can now intervene in this natural degeneration process with the use of injectable hyaluronic acid to restore or enhance the volume and contours of the face and neck, fill out deep wrinkles and replenish moisture of the skin, restoring the harmony of the facial features.
The Hyaluronic acid acts by retaining water molecules under the skin tissue and by providing a better connection between the collagen and the elastin fibers. Injectable hyaluronic acid is naturally absorbed, and leading brands have a very low risk of adverse reactions.
What is a Hyaluronic Acid filler?
Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a natural structural component found in every living tissue in the human body, present in high concentrations in soft connective tissue and in the fluid surrounding the eyes, cartilage, joints as well a skin tissue.
What are some of the benefits of the hyaluronic acid filler treatment?
- Restoration of skin laxity
- Restoration of facial volume and contour
- Deep scars become less visible
- Correction/restoration of lip volume
- Moisturization/firmness of the skin
How is the hyaluronic filler applied?
An anesthetic cream is applied locally on the areas that will be treated. Also, new-age fillers usually include lidocaine, a numbing substance- which helps with any discomfort associated with the procedure. Then, the hyaluronic acid is injected with a very thin, flexible needle to the specific areas.
The hyaluronic acid solution is used to fill out wrinkles such as the nasolabial or perioral wrinkles (around the mouth), or to improve marionette lines (the lines formed on the edges of the mouth). It is also used to restore or enhance the volume of the lips. Furthermore, using a different technique, it can be applied as a contour volumizer to restore lost volume on the face for example at the zygomatic area and under the eyes or to enhance/correct the jaw and jawline contours.
Indications for a Hyaluronic Acid Filler:
- Smoothing out the nasolabial lines (lines running from the edge of the nose to the edge of the mouth)
- Smoothing out the perioral horizontal lines (smoker’s lines)
- Marionette lines (expression lines forming on the edges of the mouth and giving the face a sad expression)
- Lip volume restoration / enhancement
- Facial contour restoration / enhancement (zygomatic area, jawline)
- Hallow or puffy eyes
- Improvement of deep scars
- Enhancement of chin
- Lifting effect
When are the results visible and how long is the recovery time?
After the treatment a mild erythema and swelling might occur which subsides within a few hours. In some cases, mild bruising might also occur which subsides within a few days and can be covered with makeup. This minimally invasive procedure is not time consuming –it usually takes about 30 minutes and thus often called a lunch-break therapy- with little to none downtime.
The results are immediate and last from 8 to 18 months, differing from person to person and depending on the area treated and the solution that is used.
Are there any contraindications?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are best to be avoided during pregnancy or lactation period, in cases of anticoagulant medication, aspirin, NSAID’s, and in case of local inflammation or herpes.
For your own safety always have an experienced, specialized physician perform the Hyaluronic acid filler and contouring procedure, using only high-quality solutions.