The Versatility of Hyaluronic Acid
When it comes to cosmetic treatments, there is something for everyone these days. There is a constant influx of specialized products and treatments that are optimized for specific purposes, and there are also the classic treatments that are sometimes quite versatile. Hyaluronic acid is a unique substance that can work for general treatments, but can also work for specific purposes, depending on the context. Hyaluronic acid is used in the manufacture of facial fillers, but the applications for these powerful products are quite broad. So what is hyaluronic acid, and what uses does it have?
The Basics of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a type of “sugar” that occurs naturally in the body, with the highest concentrations of the acid found in the eyes and joints. Its most amazing property is its ability to retain large amounts of water, which is very helpful in keeping the skin hydrated and rejuvenating the skin overall. Because of this, introducing additional hyaluronic acid to the skin can temporarily boost hydration, smoothness, and volume, making it the perfect substance for use in skin creams and facial fillers.
Uses for Hyaluronic Acid
The most common use for hyaluronic acid in aesthetic medicine is in injectable facial fillers. Facial fillers are an extremely popular non-invasive procedure these days, and many of these soft tissue fillers are made from a hyaluronic acid base. Hyaluronic acid particles are suspended in a gel that is injected into the face for a few reasons, which can include:
- Filling in wrinkles
- Replacing lost volume
- Contouring facial features
- Augmenting facial features, especially the lips
Hyaluronic acid fillers have been around for quite a while, but have really picked up in popularity over the last few years. The classic hyaluronic acid fillers are treatments such as Juvederm and Restylane. These are dependable products that can be used for a number of different purposes, but do not have the specificity of some newer products. Results from classic fillers typically last about 6 months to 1 year.
Newer formulas such as Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Silk are specifically designed for a single purpose, but are still made using a hyaluronic acid base. Voluma, for example, is used to add fullness to the cheek area, compensating for volume loss and sagging skin. Silk is made with lip enhancement in mind. The major differences in these types of products are their specific uses and longevity—depending on the product, results can last anywhere from about 6 months to 2 years.
Benefits of Treatment
It’s no surprise that hyaluronic acid treatments are extremely popular in the United States. There are many benefits to the use of these products, including:
- Non-invasive procedure
- No downtime or recovery
- Relatively inexpensive
- Extremely effective
For many people, hyaluronic acid fillers are a great way to look younger without investing the time and money into a surgical procedure.
Are Hyaluronic Acid Products Right for You?
While hyaluronic acid fillers are safe, effective, minimally-invasive, accessible, and low risk, they are not the right option for everyone. The best way to choose the procedure that is right for you is to meet with a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has the skill and knowledge to help you meet your goals. Whether you’re looking for anti-aging or facial contouring, there are many treatment options to suit nearly every need.
Dr. Rami K. Batniji is a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, focusing solely on facial surgery and treatments. Dr. Batniji is adept with many types of facial fillers, and is standing by to help you plan your procedures. For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Batniji at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach (949-650-8882) or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), CA, call today.