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What Is Hyaluronic Acid and How Does It Help Your Skin?

By January 4, 2018May 11th, 2023Hyaluronic Acid, Skin Care

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a lubricating substance produced by the human body. Its highest concentrations are found in the eyes and joints, and it helps retain moisture and collagen while increasing flexibility and elasticity. In addition to being used to treat cataracts and joint pain, it can be used to reduce the appearance of aging in the skin.

How Hyaluronic Acid Works

As the human body ages, the viscosity of joint fluids and the elasticity and volume of the skin decreases. HA binds with water to form a viscous gel that maintains joint cushioning and helps prevent wrinkles in the skin. Also, by enriching it with moisture, HA strengthens the outer skin with a protective barrier against the sun and other irritants.

Hyaluronic Acid Serums, Creams, and More

HA is found in many anti-aging products, including serums, creams, lotions, and supplements. Serums containing HA can help lighten bags under the eyes and plump up the texture of the skin. They also may help reduce the signs of aging skin by decreasing water loss from flaking, drying, and exposure to the sun.

The Impact of Hyaluronic Acid Injections

While HA serums add hydration and mild plumping to the skin, they do not penetrate the skin and add volume as dermal fillers can. HA injections help soften facial creases, fine lines, and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are precisely placed with a cannula or needle in an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure performed under local anesthesia. Often, any swelling, bruising, or discomfort from the procedure is mild and lasts no more than a week. Once any swelling disappears, a follow-up injection may be required to increase results.

In addition to treating volume loss, wrinkles, and other skin aging issues, The Dermatology Clinic also offers injectable cosmetic fillers, non-surgical lifting procedures, and other systems that may help improve your skin texture and appearance. Request an appointment with our team today to discuss if hyaluronic acid fillers are right for you.