Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin.
A generous amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin provides hydration, elasticity and fullness to the skin. This explains why hyaluronic acid is so often present in cosmetics and why it is also used in anti-aging and aesthetic medicine. Hyaluronic acid can be used in different forms : the natural form or a modified form.
Injections of natural hyaluronic acid belong to mesotherapy, also called “skin boosters”, and focus on deep hydration of the skin thanks to the hydrating properties of natural hyaluronic acid.
Injections of modified or “cross-linked” hyaluronic acid are used to fill folds or restore volume in the face and are also called “fillers”. The term “cross-linked” refers to the production method of “fillers” which is based on the linking or aggregation of several molecules of hyaluronic acid into a compact, but malleable network that is durable, but also biodegradable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hyaluronic acid and anti-aging ?
Over time, typical changes occur in the face : some folds and hollows appear and cause a tired or sunken look. Determining the cause of these changes is important to establish an appropriate treatment. Generally, sagging and loss of fat in the face are responsible for the unaesthetic changes. Injections of hyaluronic acid can restore lost volume in the face (cheeks or temples), can fill and soften folds (nasolabial folds or marionette lines) and can lift certain facial parts (cheekbones or jowls). In addition, a global approach to manage sagging skin is usually recommended for a better and long-lasting result.
Hyaluronic acid and aesthetic medicine ?
The art of aesthetic medicine is to beautify a face with a subtle and invisible touch. To achieve this, hyaluronic acid must be used wisely. Fillers can be used to correct hollow undereye bags or drooping eyebrows for example. Also, they can be used to increase the attractiveness of a face by adding a little volume in the lips or at the cheekbones or by giving the jawline more structure.
Is it dangerous?
Hyaluronic acid is not dangerous to health, but unwanted effects or complications related to injections of hyaluronic acid are possible. The risks or possible complications are : an allergic reaction, an inflammatory reaction, a nodule formation, an infection, a compression or occlusion of a blood vessel that can cause irreversible damage such as necrosis or blindness. Although complications are rare, the risk is not zero. The treatment is performed by a doctor who will ensure that all necessary precautions are observed to minimize the risk of complications.
Is the result natural?
Injections of hyaluronic acid or fillers provide a completely natural result with the condition that the right dose is used in the right place. In general, the use of hyaluronic acid is limited by the cost of fillers and the fear of looking artificial.
How long does the result last ?
The result of the treatment is immediately visible. During the first month, the hyaluronic acid will fully integrate into the skin, this is the period in which possible irregularities will disappear. The hyaluronic acid then settles for a period of 12 to 18 months, after which it is gradually broken down by the body and disappears.
Is there an obligation to repeat the treatment ?
Not at all. If the treatment is not repeated, there is a return to the initial situation from the moment the hyaluronic acid has completely disappeared and the aging process resumes. A common fear is that the situation after the end of a treatment could be worse than before, but this is not the case.
During the treatment ?
The treatment consists of injecting the correct dose of hyaluronic acid in the right place. The injections are made using a fine needle or a cannula. The treatment is slightly painful, but does not last long and is completely tolerable. For sensitive areas, such as the lips, a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic injection is provided.
After the treatment ?
After a treatment, the treated area is slightly red or swollen and some irregularities can be present for several hours or days. If a bruise occurs, this mark can remain visible for several days or weeks. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment, but makeup is not recommended in the treated area the day of treatment. Sports and heat should be avoided for 1 week while facial treatments, dental treatments and vaccinations should be postponed for 2 weeks.
What is the cost of treatment?
The price is determined per quantity of hyaluronic acid and includes the treatment by a doctor, the necessary hyaluronic acid and the follow-up.
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