What is hyaluronic acid and how does it work?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of long-chain molecule composed of repeating units of sugars and amino acids. This is a natural molecule that plays a role in maintaining skin health and moisture. It is found in high concentration in the skin, in synovial fluid (the lubricating fluid in the joints), and in other connective tissues.
It’s mode of action is by binding water molecules, which makes it an effective moisturizing lotion. Hyaluronic acid helps maintaining the skin's moisture balance, improves skin texture, reduces wrinkles and fine lines appearance, and promotes a younger appearance. Today, facial hyaluronic acid injection is used in aesthetic medicine, as well as in other medical treatments such as joint injections for osteoarthritis. In these treatments hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the joint, where it acts as a lubricant and shock absorbent, and reduces pain and inflammation.
Advantages of hyaluronic acid injections
- With hyaluronic acid your face may be sculpted and shapes. You jaw line and cheek bones may be emphasized, and your chin and nose may be sculpted.
- Hyaluronic acid also adds moisture to your facial skin, which can help the texture and the skin’s general visibility. Hyaluronic acid injection blurs your facial fine line and wrinkles and makes the skin appear younger and fresher.
- Hyaluronic acid injection may help improve skin elasticity and make it look smoother and more elastic.
- Hyaluronic acid can be used as a face filler, treat tired looking hollows under the eyes, so after the injection the hollows are filled, and the eyes look calmer and refreshed.
- Compared to surgical face lift, hyaluronic acid injections are non-surgical and do not require rest time, and there are no side effects.
It is important to note that the results of hyaluronic acid facial injections are temporary, and the effects may usually last up to 18 months. However, the injections may be repeated with no apparent problems. It is important that the injections will be done by a professional, certified, and experienced clinic so as to ensure the best possible results and risk of complications is minimized.
In what situations is it recommended to inject Hyaluronic acid to the face
Hyaluronic acid injections are commonly used in aesthetic treatments to add volume, smooth wrinkles and improve facial features.
- In a face where skin has lost its elasticity and vitality, which causes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the hyaluronic acid simulates a natural production process in the body, by absorbing water, filling the wrinkles, adding volume, and providing a taut and fresh appearance.
- As the skin ages it loses volume and seems shrunk and old due to loss of subcutaneous fat. When hyaluronic acid is injected to the face, the injection area is filled and this gives a full and vital look.
- Injection of hyaluronic acid to the lips adds volume in the lips, giving it a fleshy and shaped appearance.
- When signs of fatigue and wrinkles appear around the eyes, because over the years the natural fat around the eyes is absorbed, hyaluronic acid can be injected. The injection adds volume and brings new vitality to the eyes.
- There is almost no facial area that cannot be treated and sculpture: Forehead, temples, eyebrows, cheeks, nose and chin. Facial sculpting with hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular means of changing, sculpting and face reshaping without undergoing surgery.
In the video clip Dr. Jonathan Wagman is interviewing on Menachem Horowitz’
Hisachon program, about hyaluronic acid and aesthetic treatments:
Advantages of combining Sculptra with hyaluronic acid
Sculptra is a bio-simulator, activating collagen fibers, and improving skin's texture. The process is long-lasting and remains for 3-4 years, while hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that adds volume and fills wrinkles and lines and remains for up to 18 months.
The sculptra and hyaluronic acid combination is usually used to improve the appearance of the cheeks, jawline and temples, with the acid allowing added volume to the lips. The specific combination and dosage of these fillers depends on the client's goals, the specialist's diagnosis and assessment of the skin and facial structure. It is important to note that the combination of sculptra and hyaluronic acid injections to the face may include several treatments and at times a longer recovery time.
Sculptra reactivates the body's ability to produce natural collagen, gradually restores the quality and firmness of the skin, corrects volumes, renews the skin and smooths
The revolution in face treatments in recent years
Several more face treatment have developed in recent years:
- Botox: Botulinum toxin injection which temporarily relaxes the skin muscles responsible for wrinkles and fine lines in the face, these include frown lines and crow's feet, this injection gives the face a fresh look.
- Chemical peeling: A treatment where a chemical solution is applied to the facial skin which causes the outer layer to peel, resulting in a smoother, lighter skin, with improvement in the fine lines.
- Facial skin renewal using a laser treatment: A non-invasive procedure that uses laser beams to remove the outer layers of the skin, promote collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
- Treatment with platelets rich plasma (PRP): This procedure includes drawing a small amount of blood from the patient, extraction of platelets rich plasma, and injection back to the face so as to promote collagen production and improvement of skin texture.
Facial injections treatment, before and after
Are there any side effects following facial injection of hyaluronic acid.
Yes, at times there could be side effects following facial injection of hyaluronic acid:
- Mild swelling at the injection site.
- Bleeding at the injection site.
- Mild redness at the injection site, which passes quickly.
- Pain or discomfort – any person, according to their personal sensation of pain might feel slight pain and discomfort at the injection site.
- Allergic reactions – some people may develop allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid (if sourced from an animal source), though this is rare. If it is synthetic, it usually does not cause allergic reactions.
- Infection – as with any injection, there is a small risk of infection at the injection site.