Hyaluronic acid – its role in aesthetic medicine treatments

Hyaluronic acid - its role in aesthetic medicine treatments
6 May 2021 0 Comments

Aesthetic medicine offers an extremely wide range of treatments aimed at rejuvenating the face, eliminating its imperfections, but also modeling the lips and even changing facial features. The substance most often used for this type of treatment is hyaluronic acid. What is this ingredient and what methods is it used for?

Hyaluronic acid 

This substance is widely used in aesthetic medicine and has excellent rejuvenating properties. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body in the form of sodium hyaluronate. It is present in the highest concentration in the vitreous body of the eye, synovial fluid and dermis.
Its main action, for which it is so appreciated, is the extraordinary ability to bind water in the dermis. It is an extremely powerful moisturizer. However, with age, its amount in the body drops drastically. It is also influenced by many other factors, such as excessive drinking of alcohol, smoking, and an unhealthy diet. This makes the skin more prone to wrinkles and sagging.

Lip augmentation 

Hyaluronic acid is used in aesthetic medicine for lip augmentation and modeling. This treatment is recommended for people who want to rejuvenate their lips, give them volume, moisturize and improve their shape and contour. It can be used by both women and men, regardless of age.  The indication for lip augmentation is definitely small, narrow lips. It is also recommended for people with disproportionate lips to correct them. It is also recommended to rejuvenate, revitalize and refresh lips.
The effects of the treatment are visible immediately and, depending on the amount of preparation used, as well as its type, they last from 6 to 12 months. Some are completely absorbed by the body after 24 months. Much also depends on the individual characteristics of each person.

Contraindications to the procedure:
  • hypersensitivity to the preparation component,
  • autoimmune diseases,
  • easy formation of keloids,
  • viral and bacterial infections of the treated area, e.g. active herpes,
  • pregnancy and lactation period.

Wrinkle filling

Hyaluronic acid - its role in aesthetic medicine treatmentsAesthetic medicine successfully uses hyaluronic acid also to eliminate furrows and wrinkles. This treatment involves injecting the preparation into the epidermis in the area that requires renewal and regeneration. Due to its consistency, hyaluronic acid has the ability to fill defects formed in the skin in the form of wrinkles or scars.
The effect of the treatment is not only the reduction of wrinkles, but also the overall improvement of the condition of the skin through its maximum hydration and firming. It is worth noting that such results are achieved by filling wrinkles with hyaluronic acid. In the case of non-cross-linked, the effect is only a visible improvement in skin hydration. The effects are visible immediately, but the final results can be seen about 2 weeks after the treatment.

Indications for the procedure:
  • forehead wrinkles,
  • Crow’s feet,
  • nasolabial furrows,
  • acne and postoperative scars,
  • other cavities in the skin.

Contraindications are similar to those in the case of lip augmentation with hyaluronic acid. The treatment is non-invasive and does not require any convalescence. In fact, the patient can immediately return to activity and duties.

Face modeling

This treatment is also called face volumetry. Its purpose is to give the face volume in certain areas that it has lost with age or due to its anatomical structure. Due to the disappearance of the subcutaneous tissue, as well as the loss of skin elasticity, unsightly defects are created, which can be eliminated with the help of hyaluronic acid.

The face volumetry treatment is not painful, but during its performance the patient may feel discomfort in the form of a feeling of crowding at the injection sites. People with a low pain threshold may use anesthesia. The injected preparation is in the form of an imperceptible implant. In order for it to spread properly, a gentle massage is also performed.  The effects of face volumetry are immediate and, depending on the preparation and other factors, last from 18 to 24 months. During the absorption of the administered hyaluronic acid, the surrounding tissues also benefit from it. It increases their hydration and ensures a healthy and relaxed skin.

After the treatment, some side effects may appear, such as delicate hematomas or bruises, which can be effectively hidden under makeup. Redness and swelling may also occur in the area subjected to the treatment, and in the case of very sensitive skin – temporary itching.

Aesthetic medicine allows not only to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin, but also to change its appearance, facial features and proportions. However, it is worth remembering that the excessive use of fillers can distort it and make it look not natural, but rather funny. Everything is for people, but it is worth using aesthetic medicine wisely.