HA Injections: Does Hyaluronic Acid Add Enough Volume To Make You Look Younger?

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HA Injections: Does Hyaluronic Acid Add Enough Volume To Make You Look Younger?

Are HA Injections The Fountain of Youth?

Who does not want plump, fresh, wrinkle-free skin? With age comes less elasticity, volume, and hydration. Cosmetic specialists have long depended on injectable dermal fillers to reverse these signs of aging. These unique compounds temporarily restore volume, reduce wrinkles, and even change the signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections are a popular filler that has been used for years. A common question amongst patients is whether HA injections can give a younger look.

What are hyaluronic acid fillers?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the skin and joints. The goal of HA is to lubricate and moisturize the skin by drawing moisture from the environment. HA can hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture, but the levels can decrease over time. This drop contributes to wrinkles, less volume, plumpness, and elasticity. A dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon injects HA in strategic areas of the face. These areas include the temples, under-eyes, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips. Fine lines clear up, and volume is added, reversing the appearance of aging.

Pros and cons of HA injections

Patients and doctors alike love hyaluronic acid for the ability to smooth skin texture while adding volume. HA is also naturally occurring in the body, making the injections safe. This fact is vital for patients wanting to avoid facelift surgery or other unnatural fillers. Hyaluronic acid also encourages more moisture and collagen production, providing added benefits after use. At the same time, HA injections are not permanent, lasting up to 12 months. Patients should also not expect the dramatic results of facelifts or Botox injections. HA injections are more effective for younger patients looking for subtle changes.

How effective are HA injections?

One benefit of HA injections is the added volume that makes a face appear fresher and younger. Hyaluronic acid comes in large or small particle sizes. The parts of the face with larger surface areas benefit from larger particles and vice versa. Patients using HA injections should see volume changes in as little as 2-4 weeks. Some studies show that fillers can take several years off perceived age, with more dramatic results in younger patients.

Is it time to try hyaluronic acid?

HA injections are an effective, non-surgical method to reduce the signs of aging and restore volume. With the right amount of filler in the right areas, patients experience a liquid facelift lasting 12 months. Most patients see improvements in volume in just a few weeks. However, fillers are not for everyone, and everyone should discuss potential risks with their doctor. Patients who are pregnant, have infections, blood clots, or treating a skin condition should not try HA fillers. Nevertheless, this simple, natural compound contains many age-reversing qualities.

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