About Hyaluronic Acid Treatments (Liquid Facelift)

When you look in the mirror do you wonder when all of those wrinkles, facial lines, under-eye bags, dark circles and rings appeared? They are the unfortunate yet natural result of aging. 

Fortunately, noninvasive treatments including hyaluronic acid are available to banish them from sight.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Do not let the name scare you. Hyaluronic acid or HA is a naturally occurring substance in your body. HA lubricates joints like knees and hips and gives your eyeballs their shape. 

HA’s most important characteristic is its ability to carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The HA your body produces helps to keep your skin moist, – at least until you start aging. The signs of aging like dry skin and wrinkles are due, in part, to the loss of HA in your skin especially your face and the areas around your eyes.

Want to reverse the aging trend? HA may be a great option for you.

About Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, the “Liquid Facelift”

HA anti-aging treatments are offered either as dermal (skin) fillers or as topical treatments like creams and serums.  

HA fillers fight the loss of volume or elasticity that is caused by normal aging by plumping up the areas of your skin that are dehydrated, wrinkled and sagging.  While HA occurs naturally, various forms of synthetic hyaluronic fillers have been manufactured to use in and around the face.  

Depending on the results you want to achieve, your dermatologist or doctor can recommend the product or products that will work best for you. Some of the brand names of HA fillers that may be familiar to you include: 

  • Belotero Balance
  • Captique
  • Esthelis
  • Elevess
  • Hylaform
  • Juvederm
  • Perlane
  • Prevell
  • Puragen
  • Restylane

Hyaluronic acid fillers may be a good alternative for people who want a non-surgical option to a facelift or as a way to “preview” a facelift without going through the expense and recovery time following surgery.  For this reason, the treatment has earned the nickname of Liquid Facelift.

Several benefits of HA treatments include:

    • Works on moderate to severe wrinkles and lines
    • Noninvasive so it does not involve surgery, needles, or anesthesia
    • Quick and short recovery time
  • Effects last six to nine months on average
  • Less expensive and less invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery

To maintain your improved appearance, you will need one or two treatments annually as recommended by your doctor.  If you only have one treatment, your face will return to its pre-treatment condition. Your doctor will explain to you how long your specific treatments should last and when you should schedule another treatment to maintain the benefits of HA.

Good candidates for HA fillers

Good candidates for hyaluronic acid fillers are people with:

  • Acne and some facial scars
  • Crow’s feet – those lines around your eyes
  • Frown lines and worry line on your forehead
  • Deep creases that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth
  • Other facial lines and creases
  • Under eye-bags, dark circles or rings

If you are allergic to many things or are sensitive to skin products, discuss these issues with the doctor before receiving any treatment because HA fillers are made from synthetic products. Your doctor can discuss alternatives with you such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections that are an all-natural allergy free treatment. 

Whether you meet the doctor in person or send photos to be evaluated, the physician will create a treatment program just for you.

Ready to banish the wrinkles, lines, under-eye bags, and dark circles? Time to schedule an appointment!

Want more information? Read additional information about HA treatments. Or contact us with questions.

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