Understanding Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Aging has various impacts on the body, though most noticeable signs appear on the face. As you get over the age of 40, there’s an ever-increasing chance of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases on your face. Because the gene that keeps your skin looking flawless no matter your age is so lucrative, most people invest in topical products to treat the common signs of facial aging.
However, if you’re looking for a more effective, long-term option for restoring youthfulness back to your face, hyaluronic acid dermal filler could be the best option. This filler treatment deeply hydrates the skin. In turn, it creates firmness, plumpness, and volume, which decreases as we get older.
The best part? The results are instant! Whether you want to add volume to your cheeks, lips, or the sunken area under your eye, injectable HA fillers can help you look and feel younger.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are dermal fillers that are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This type of filler can erase common signs of aging, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and even a loss of volume in the cheek area.
Unlike other types of injections, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring compound in the skin. It’s the key component that enables the skin to retain water. When the skin is hydrated, it’s plumper, which creates a naturally younger look.
When HA fillers are injected into the skin, the compound attracts more water, so the area stays voluminous. These fillers can be injected into various areas of the face, including:
- Smile lines
These injections can also be used for preventative purposes. If you want to combat fine lines and volume loss before they happen, consider having hyaluronic acid injections earlier in the aging process.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
There are endless benefits of using HA injectable fillers. Not only do they work to increase volume and hydration, but the compound also stimulates collagen production, which is the building block of skin. As we age, collagen production decreases. Low collagen production increases the risk of wrinkles, fine lines, and other imperfections.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers also create a fuller, smoother texture. In turn, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is greatly decreased. A single injection can take years off of your face!
HA injectables are not permanent, but results typically last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. So while routine injections are needed to maintain your fresh appearance, they aren’t as frequent as other anti-aging injectables.
Most Common Types of Hyaluronic Acid Injections
There are several FDA-approved hyaluronic acid injections that can be used to improve the appearance of the face, hands, and other areas of the body. Dr. John Williams offers several HA injections, including Juvederm and Restylane. Both of these injections are effective in reducing the appearance of:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Fine lines
- Volume loss
It’s important to note that outcomes and longevity vary. These factors are greatly influenced by where the injection was placed, the patient’s age, the underlying condition of the patient’s skin, and the properties of the HA filler. For instance, hyaluronic acid injected into the lips may last just six months, while injections in the cheek or nasolabial fold area can last for 12 months or longer!
To determine which filler is best for you, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
HA Fillers vs. Botox
When people think of dermal fillers, most think of Botox. However, Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers are very different. While both work to create a more youthful look, it’s important to understand the difference between them.
Hyaluronic acid is a compound that naturally exists in the body. Botox is a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
These two types of injectables also work in very different ways. Botox works to reduce the signs of aging by freezing the muscles that cause wrinkles and static lines to appear. On the other hand, hyaluronic acid fillers work by filling the wrinkles, which increases volume and facial fullness.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Getting older is a part of life, but who says that you shouldn’t look and feel your best? Whether you’re 45 or 75, everyone wants to look in the mirror and love the person that’s looking back at them. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a quick, non-invasive way to bring youth back to your face.
To learn more about HA injectables, and to see if this is the right procedure for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Williams. He will discuss your goals and vision while also analyzing your skin to figure out the best path forward.
Call John Williams Plastic Surgery today at (813) 386-3370 and get started on your journey to feeling young and confident again!