Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Anti-Aging

hyaluronic acid injections

Hyaluronic acid is the naturally occurring substance in all living things that transfers nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells. The highest concentration of hyaluronic acid in the human body can be found in the fluids around the eyes and joints.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Over Other Injectibles

The hyaluronic acid injection procedure has several advantages over conventional silicone and Botox injections often used in anti-aging procedures. Hyaluronic acid, because it is naturally occurring in the human body, is very well tolerated by cosmetic surgery patients and does not produce potentially harmful side effects such as muscle paralysis.

This is beneficial because you don’t have to wait up to eight weeks for the results of an allergy test in order to receive the anti-aging treatment. Additionally, it is the recommended procedure for those cosmetic surgery patients who come back with a positive allergy test for bovine collagen, which is what Botox and other botulinum-based treatments are derived from. Another benefit to this particular type of injection is the hydration it provides to the skin, giving the face a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

How’s It Work?

Hyaluronic acid injections are known more commonly by plastic surgeons as dermal fillers. This is due to the effect of the injectable gel on the target area. The hyaluronic acid is injected into areas of skin that have lost their elasticity or firmness due to aging. The injection adds volume because it is a gel that fills in the skin under the facial structures and tissues, providing support that is naturally occurring in younger adults.

The procedure itself is fairly quick and painless with most visits lasting between fifteen minutes and an hour. The cosmetic surgeon uses a topical anesthetic to alleviate any pain which may be caused by the insertion of the fine needles used for the procedure. Side effects are generally mild and may include nausea or headache that dissipates shortly after the procedure.

Longevity and Effectiveness of Hyaluronic Acid

The effects of hyaluronic acid injections usually last between three and six months and is normally repeated two to three times per year. One disadvantage to the procedure is that it may require more than one initial procedure to achieve the results the patient is seeking, but that’s pretty common with botulinum injections, too.

The costs of the procedure are comparable to other injectable dermal filler procedures and have been shown to have little to no risk to the patient. The overwhelming majority of patients prefer the hyaluronic acid injection treatment to other injectable treatments, such as Botox, due to the relatively low risk of allergic reaction.

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