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HYALURONIC ACID IMPLANTS
Hyaluronic acid therapy is becoming a popular choice as a temporary filler for facial augmentation. It is a safe, non-surgical procedure that conveniently softens facial lines and furrows. It also has the added benefit of not requiring skin testing before use.
Tiny quantities of hyaluronic acid are injected through very fine needles, boosting the skin’s own hyaluronic acid. Depending how many lines are treated, the treatment takes 20 minutes to an hour, with minimal discomfort (especially with products that contain local anaesthetic agents).
The effects can be maintained by small ‘top-up’ treatments as required, generally about twice a year.
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What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found in all living organisms. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissue and in the fluid surrounding the eye. It is also present in some cartilage and joint fluids, and in skin tissue.
In skin tissue, hyaluronic acid is a jelly-like substance that fills the space between collagen and elastin fibres. The role of hyaluronic acid in skin is to:
- provide a mechanism of transport of essential nutrients from the bloodstream to living skin cells
- hydrate the skin by holding in water
- act as a cushioning and lubricating agent against mechanical and chemical damage.
Over time, either through the natural process of aging or through exposure to environmental factors such as pollutants and sunlight, the body’s natural store of hyaluronic acid is degraded and destroyed.
In the last 30 years synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid have been developed and used to correct disorders in the fields of rheumatology, ophthalmology, and wound repair. More recently, synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid are being manufactured for use in facial augmentation.
Where can hyaluronic acid injections be used?
Hyaluronic acid injections can be used as a dermal filler to improve the skin’s contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injury or lines.
Facial lines and features that can be corrected using hyaluronic acid implantation include:
- Frown lines that run between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
- Smoker’s lines which are vertical lines on the mouth (perioral lines)
- Marionette lines at the corner of the mouth (oral commissures)
- Worry lines that run across the forehead (forehead lines)
- Crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes (periorbital lines)
- Deep smile lines that run from side of the nose to corners of the mouth (nasolabial furrows)
- Cheek depressions
- Redefining lip border
- Acne scars
- Some facial scars
Am I suitable for hyaluronic acid therapy?
Treatments are carried out at a medical center by a trained doctor or supervised nurse.
Procedure for hyaluronic acid treatments:
- Wash your face thoroughly.
- The treatment area is wiped with an antiseptic.
- Local anaesthetic may be used to numb the treatment area.
- Injection method used depends on the doctor but will be either the serial intradermal puncture technique (series of small injections with a very fine needle) or tunnel or threading technique (needle is withdrawn as the hyaluronic acid is injected).
- Depending on the area treated, the skin may be lightly massaged.
- Immediately or within a few hours after injection the site may be red and swollen. This usually disappears within a week.
- Another one or two treatments (at least a week apart) may be necessary to achieve the desired correction.
Are there any side effects from hyaluronic acid therapy?
Hyaluronic acid therapy is generally very well tolerated. At the time of treatments most patients report minor discomfort. This is minimized by the use of a local anaesthetic. Immediately after treatment the area may be red, swollen and tender, this usually improves within a few days. Rarely, allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid have been reported. These are generally red and/or thickened nodules arising in the injected sites and may persist for several weeks or months.