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Hyaluronic Acid FAQ
When we talk about dermal fillers or moisturizing, you’ll hear our aesthetic injectors and aestheticians refer to an ingredient called “Hyaluronic Acid.” While it may sound like a new type of chemical peel, hyaluronic acid is actually very gentle and a necessary part of any anti-aging regimen. But what is hyaluronic acid, how does it work, and is it safe? In this article, we tackled your frequently asked questions about hyaluronic acid to help you understand its benefits and why you should include it in your facial rejuvenation program.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
You might have seen it as an ingredient in your favorite moisturizer, but you may not have known exactly what it does. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found everywhere in our bodies. It acts as a "skin cushion," and it gives skin a plump, supple look. For a great example of skin brimming with hyaluronic acid, just admire the plump, youthful softness of an infant.
Unfortunately, our bodies stop producing as much hyaluronic acid as we get older, which means we start to lose that youthful, full appearance. So scientists got to work on ways that we could replenish hyaluronic acid to restore that youthful volume and created hyaluronic acid fillers and topical hyaluronic acid serums. Each works differently to restore youthful plumpness in the skin, but both provide wonderful results for patients who wish to look younger.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
In its injected form, hyaluronic acid first delivers an extra dose of cushion and lift to your skin. This plumps up the tissues that may have started sagging a bit. The real magic of hyaluronic acid, however, is its humectant properties. Humectants constantly draw moisture to themselves, and hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient at retaining this youthful moisture. This means that once the hyaluronic acid is injected, it keeps your skin extra plump because it's able to hold onto all the moisture it attracts.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?
Hyaluronic acid is safe, natural and FDA approved. Your own body has produced its own hyaluronic acid since birth. It plumps up your tissues, helps keep your skin hydrated and acts as a shock absorber for all the joints in your body. The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is exactly like the hyaluronic acid already present in your body, except it was created in a sterile lab.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Natural?
Yes, the hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is completely natural. It can be confusing to be told that something is natural even though it's created in a lab, but that's the case. Usually, it is produced in a lab by a modified type of bacteria that already exists naturally in the human body.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe for Pregnancy?
Dermal fillers have not been tested in pregnant women, and therefore there isn’t enough definitive data to determine whether or not hyaluronic acid fillers are safe during pregnancy. Topical hyaluronic acid, however, is considered safe. As always, however, speak with your OBGYN before undergoing any cosmetic treatment and speak with our aesthetic injection specialists for more information.
Which Fillers Contain Hyaluronic Acid?
There are many options for fillers that contain hyaluronic acid. Your options in our Beverly Hills medical spa include:
- Belotero Balance, an HA filler that is suitable for deep wrinkles and folds;
- Juvederm, for facial wrinkles, folds and lip enhancement;
- Juvederm Voluma, for long-lasting cheek augmentation;
- Restylane, which is similar to Juvederm, but is also often used for non-surgical eye rejuvenation;
- Restylane Lyft, another popular cheek enhancement filler; and
- Restylane Silk, a specially formulated hyaluronic acid filler used exclusively for lip enhancement.
Have Questions? Ready to Get Started?
If you have a question that our hyaluronic acid FAQ hasn't covered, feel free to contact us at Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic injection specialists who can guide you on which fillers are best to help you achieve the youthful look you’re after.