What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid, also referred to as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is a carbohydrate, more specifically a mucopolysaccharide, occurring naturally throughout the human body. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally produced by the organism, the substance that fills up the skin.
When it is infused in wrinkled skin, it adds volume that was lost and reduces wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid also attracts and binds water, helping maintain fullness in the areas of injection.
Being one of the most hydrophilic molecules in nature with numerous benefits for the human body, it can be described as the “nature’s moisturiser”. The benefit of hyaluronic acid can last for six to twelve months. The duration depends on both the correct infusion technique and the good quality of the material.
How does Hyaluronic Acid work?
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance normally made by the body that gives skin its volume and fullness. Hyaluronic acid injections fill the space between collagen and elastin fibres within the skin, which replenishes the natural volume lost with aging.
There is no risk of infection, when sterility rules are followed, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the result. Hyaluronic acid also attracts and binds the infused water, which helps maintain freshness.
At what age should Hyaluronic acid treatment be initiated?
Hyaluronic acid injections can be initiated at any age when this is required. Even candidates at the age of 18 can use hyaluronic injections to increase the volume of their lips or for the non-surgical improvement of their nose or chin.
Most patients are 30-65 years old and want to reverse the signs of ageing. Many patients select Hyaluronicas an alternative to other injectable materials, such as collagen, because there is no risk of allergic reaction.
Where is it used?
Hyaluronicis infused to correct the contour, fill up sagging skin and facial wrinkle smoothing. Hyaluronicis indicated for the treatment of medium to deeper facial wrinkles, including nasolabial folds that extend from the nose to the sides of the mouth. Other uses include the superficial filling of the lips, smoothing forehead wrinkles, as well as restoring the chin’s outline. In more detail, hyaluronic acidcan be used for:
- Deep nasolabial folds that appear next to the outer part of the nose and lips, known as laugh or smile lines
- Wrinkles on the corners of the lips
- Extended cavities appearing with ageing, when the cheek separates from the lower eyelid (where concealer is applied)
- Lines around the mouth, usually because of ageing or weigh loss
- Cheeks volume loss
- Empty space at the bottom of the cheek that appears on both sides of the lips
- Chin outline and facial outline
- Lip filling
- Eye, forehead and glabella wrinkles together with ΒΟΤΟΧ, for forehead wrinkles
Is the result immediate?
The result of hyaluronic acid injections is evident immediately after the infusion.
How long do the results last?
Typically, the results last for 12 months sometimes a second infusion is required after six months, because the material may setback, but usually half the amount of the material is used as compared to the initial infusion.
Is hyaluronic acid treatment safe?
Given its structural similarity to human hyaluronic, very few people develop allergic or other immunological reactions. No allergic reaction test is required before treatment. This is one advantage in comparison with bovine collagen, which has a high rate of reactions and an allergic reaction test is required.
As a natural polymer, hyaluronic can be broken down by a natural enzyme called hyaluronidase. If a patient develops any post-injection irregularities, they can be quickly corrected by simply injecting hyaluronidase in the same area, which causes the filler to degrade quickly. The sustainability of the medicine has been tested and confirmed by several studies.
How long does the procedure last?
The duration of Injectable hyaluronic acid treatment is 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas that are treated.
When should hyaluronic acid treatment be repeated?
The results last from six to twelve months, sometimes more or less depending on the area or areas treated and how soon the material is metabolised by the patient’s organism. Therefore, the frequency of repeat treatment sessions depends on the response of each organism.
What are the side effects?
Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects and usually last less than a week. Uneven or superficial infusion of the material may cause skin bumps, while excess infusion may cause oedematous appearance. It is therefore of utmost importance to select the right doctor for this procedure so as to ensure proper application and avoid infections.
Cost of Hyaluronic Acid treatment
Hyaluronic Acid treatment is a much more inexpensive in comparison with surgical procedures to erase the signs of ageing, like lifting. The exact cost of a Hyaluronic treatment depends on the material used, the quantity of the material, as well as the experience and qualifications of the doctor who performs the therapeutic procedure.