Hyaluronic Acid treatments and fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body and works by acting as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. In addition, it can affect the way the body responds to injury. In the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where it helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility.

Drooping eyes or lips are commonly associated with aging skin, because as we get older, molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. Results from a 2014 clinical trial that appeared in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed that products containing hyaluronic acid effectively decreased the appearance of wrinkles and reduced skin sagging within 30 days of consistent use. Some study participants also reported experiencing fuller lips and increased cheek volume by the end of one month.

Most of the fillers that Dr. Green uses (such as Juvederm Voluma, Perlane or Restylane) are comprised of hyaluronic acid. Before you consider having hyaluronic acid treatment, be aware that you might not achieve the results you want with just one treatment. Over time, the Hyaluronic Acid will decrease the wrinkles, not only immediately, but in longer lasting ways. Depending on how your body reacts to the injections, you might need additional injections. Most people require just one or two visits to completely correct and fill the deep lines and wrinkles.

These cosmetic injections typically last between six and twelve months, depending on your lifestyle, body chemistry and the rate at which you are naturally aging. To maintain their youthful appearance, most people have new hyaluronic injections once or twice a year. If you decide not to re-treat your wrinkles, your skin will return to its original appearance. For example, plumped lips will lose volume.

Most people tolerate injectable hyaluronic acid without irritation or complications. Immediately after your treatment, the area may be red, swollen and bruised. These side effects should go away within a few days. Almost everyone is a good candidate for hyaluronic therapy, however all patients should discuss options with Dr. Green first. One of the key benefits of Hyaluronic acid fillers is that the results are totally reversible. Dr. Green is often consulted on cases where patients are unhappy with the placement or results of their hyaluronic acid fillers and Dr. Green dissolves them and begins anew with a new course of treatment with excellent cosmetic results.

Find out more about potential reversal of fillers with hyaluronidase such as via Vitrase.

Before & After Photo

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Before & After 1 syringe of Restylane in nasolabial folds and tear troughs (under eyes)

*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.

What can Hyaluronic Acid injections be used for?

Hyaluronic acid injections can be used to improve the skin’s contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injury or lines. You can see potentially dramatic improvements for:

• Acne scars
• Cheek depressions
• Crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes
• Deep smile lines that run from the side of the nose to corners of the mouth (also known as nasolabial furrows)
• Frown lines between the eyebrows
• Marionette lines at the corners of the mouth
• Redefining lip borders
• Scars including burns, acne and those caused by wounds
• Smoker’s lines; vertical lines on the mouth
• Some facial scars
• Worry lines that run across your forehead

The filler’s that contain hyaluronic acid include: Perlane, Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Juvederm Volbella.

Please contact the office at 212-535-3088 or contact us online, to schedule a consultation and determine which hyaluronic acid treatment would be right for you in making your skin naturally look fresh again.

Find out why Dr. Green says not all hyaluronic acid treatments are equal in a previous issue of Cosmetic Dermatology.