What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body and has significant benefits but, unfortunately, its production decreases overtime. It is a humectant capable of retaining as much as 1000 times its weight in water in order to restore skin’s volume. Hyaluronic acid is produced by skin’s fibroblasts, however as its production decreases and its quantity is reduced, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear on the skin. Over the last years therapies with injectable hyaluronic acid have become extremely popular over the last years. They are very safe and their goal is to restore the loss of hyaluronic acid in the skin in order to diminish wrinkles and fine lines and make it look fresh, elastic and bright again.

Who’s a good candidate?

Hyaluronic acid treatment is a safe and painless procedure concerning all healthy, adult patients who wish to correct ageing signs and immediately have a younger looking, naturally glowing face. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that gets gradually absorbed by our body the results of the treatment are not permanent. The ideal candidate should know that this technique ensures him a natural, temporary result, not a permanent change. Lastly, hyaluronic acid injections can be combined with other antiageing therapies like botolunic toxin injections or mesotherapy.

Facts I need to know

Hyaluronic acid treatment is performed at the doctor’s office with local anesthetic cream that limits the pain from the needles. Each session doesn’t take more than 30′ and is usually enough to achieve optimal result. The doctor uses very thin needles to inject the substance in the areas targeted. Hyaluronic acid can be used on the lines around the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds), on the cheeks to add volume, on the thin lines around the lips or on the lips themselves to add volume and correct their shape, on the chin and on the vertical wrinkles formed on the neckline and the chest. There is also the advanced non surgical rhinoplasty that uses hyaluronic acid to correct the nose’s shape easily and without the use of a scalpel.

Recovery Time

After a therapy with hyaluronic acid patients can immediately return to their work and every day routine. At first they may notice mild swelling and light bruising, symptoms that fade in the next few days and are easily covered with makeup. Depending on the areas treated the doctor may instruct patients to avoid strenous physical exercise for a few days. Results are immediately visible, their duration depends on each patient and it can expand from 12 to 18 months.

Doctor’s Remarks

Hyaluronic acid is a substance commonly known for its impressive benefits against ageing signs. It is crucial that the therapy is performed by an experienced doctor, with surgery and anatomy knowlledge, trained at the use of injectable HA and a sense of aesthetics and symmetry. Just like a doctor is not the right person to give you a body massage a masseur is not the right person to perform injectable treatments on your face, he is just not trained nor certified for this procedure.
Hyaluronic acid treatment is an antiageing medical therapy and its results depend on several factors
Anatomy knowledge in order to inject the substance correctly into the skin.
Aesthetics and sense of natural beauty of the female or the male face.
Use with moderation in order to have a refreshed and rejuvenated face, not a fake or swollen face.
Unfortunately nowadays its use is so widespread that we see many cases of failed application by non experts or by experts that do not care for a natural result.
In my office I try to comply with the patients wishes, always based on my sense and perception of aesthetics in order to have the best result and I have often been forced to prevent patients from going through with cosmetic interventions that lead to a face, ugly result.
My experience and training as a plastic surgeon allow me to avoid complications and in many cases, correct failed results by others misuse of the treatment.