Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections are temporary dermal fillers that can be used in the treatment of a wide range of cosmetic issues from wrinkles on the face to loss of volume on the hands. Emphasis must be made that HA is naturally found in the body, particularly in the eyes, skin and joints where it has the highest concentration.
The hyaluronic acid injection cost depends on the type of filler used, the number of injections required to treat the area, and the expertise of the doctor administering it. No matter the cost, however, we strongly suggest getting HA injections from a reliable doctor, such as a trained dermatologist or aesthetic surgeon.
How Does It Work?
In the body, particularly the skin, HA attracts and retains water that allows the skin to maintain its hydration level and, thus, have a youthful appearance. But as we age, there’s a progressive thinning of the muscles, bone, and fat as well as the skin on our faces. Due to the thinning, there’s a loss of volume that can lead to either a sagging or sunken appearance of the face, as well as fine lines, wrinkles and folds, even of thinner lips.
This is where injectable HA comes in. It’s used in decreasing the appearance of fine lines, folds and wrinkles as well as in creating structure, volume and framework to the face and lips. Plus, its effects are seen immediately after the injection!
Injectable HA is also used under the eyes, for cheek augmentation, and on the earlobes, as well as for restoring volume on the back of the hands.
What Are Its Types?
There are several types of injectable HAs on the market with many of them actually being popular. Examples include Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus, Belotero Balance, and Restylane Silk and Lyft. Each of these fillers has a set of unique characteristics that influence their specific applications. These characteristics also determine what locations each one can be used on, where it can best be injected, and what depth it can be injected, among other decisions that a doctor must make.
Belotero, for example, is best used for the reduction of shallow, fine lines while Juverderm Ultra is commonly used for marionette lines and nasolabila folds.
The results and their longevity also vary widely depending on the patient’s age, skin and physical condition, as well as on the location of the injection, the number of injections, and the unique properties of the HA filler. For example, HA injections in the nasolabial folds can last for 9-12 months while those on the lips may only last for 6 months.
While HA injections are suitable for most men and women, these aren’t recommended for people who have infections in the treatment area, uncontrolled diabetes, or allergic reactions to Ha and its components, among others.