The famed ingredient hyaluronic acid is found in dermal fillers of all kinds. This little chemical addition packs a big punch when it comes to anti-aging efforts. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid’s function? Let’s review why this chemical is your new best friend.
Fine lines and wrinkles, thinning lips, and sagging cheekbones are natural byproducts of the aging process. As our bodies get older, skin begins to lose some of its natural function, producing less collagen, which keeps skin supple and firm.
Another common cause of these aging skin concerns is a decrease in the production of hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is naturally produced in our bodies, primarily in our skin. The natural substance binds to water in order to keep an optimal level of hydration. In addition to the natural process of aging, exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning booths, pollution and free radicals in the air, and tobacco smoke can drastically decrease hyaluronic acid in the body.
The hyaluronic acid polymer helps keep body tissue moist and lubricated, which helps the skin appear more supple and, therefore, more youthful. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is why it’s often the active ingredient in dermal fillers like the Juvederm dermal filler, the Restylane lip filler, or the Perlane filler.
Dermal fillers are compounds that are injected directly into the dermis to restore its volume. They can be injected into lips or cheeks in order to plump them. They can be used around the forehead, nose, or mouth in order to reduce the appearance of deep lines or tiny wrinkles.
With just one treatment, these common issues are drastically improved. As soon as dermal fillers are injected, improvement is immediately noticeable in smooth, natural results. Each dermal filler treatment can last from six months up to a year and requires minimal to no downtime, though some light bruising might occur depending on the injection site.
According to research cited by Healthline, this power-packed ingredient can help your body in a myriad of other ways. It can treat inflammation and heal wounds, even reducing the risk of wound infection. It relieves joint pain and even soothes acid reflux. Research has also shown that it supports bone density and decreases bone tissue weakness and loss with age.
The bottom line is that you’re born with hyaluronic acid for a reason, and by promoting its continued production in your body while you age, you’re truly giving yourself the gift of time. Hydration in the connective tissues, joints, eyes, and skin will go a long way in keeping you looking and feeling young.
Vanguard Dermatology offers dermal filler injections administered in-office by board-certified specialists. If you’re interested in learning more about how hyaluronic acid can help you look years younger, contact us today for an appointment, and we can assess your individual needs and provide expert recommendations.