Treat Wrinkles with Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, has been used as an injectable filler for many years. It is a natural substance found in the body and is distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. Before cosmetic surgeons discovered the benefits of using hyaluronic acid as a filler, it was originally approved for use in eye surgery. It is also widely used in orthopedics to lubricate arthritic joints.

Hyaluronic acid is commonly used to plump up thin lips and fill facial creases such as nasolabial folds and the folds from the corners of the mouth to the chin that are sometimes called marionette lines. It may also be used for filling some surface wrinkles and indented scars.

This type of filler is absorbed by the body eventually, but lasts longer than collagen injections. The results of injections of hyaluronic acid can last 6 months or longer. The manufacturers of some products say they last up to a year. This puts these products into the category of temporary fillers. The upside to this is that you can see if you like the results, and if you dont, you are not stuck with them. The downside is that if you do like the results, you have to be retreated on a regular basis to maintain them.

Discuss your goals for how you want to look with your physician. An allergy test is usually not required with any hyaluronic acid products. Before the treatment, your physician will mark your face to help with the placement of the injections. He or she will them apply a local anesthetic and, once you are numbed, administer the injections. The whole treatment takes about a half hour, depending on how large an area is being treated.

Brands of hyaluronic acid for cosmetic use include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Hylaform.

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