Hyaluronic acid based fillers, the latest generation of non-permanent dermal fillers, are able to efficiently restore plumpness and support to your ageing skin.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance produced in the skin which helps maintain hydration, but its quantity and quality decrease with age. The HA introduced by the fillers is not permanent and will be broken down naturally in the skin, just like our own HA, but over a period of between six to nine months. HA based fillers come in as a viscous gel of varying thicknesses, depending on the area to be treated, and act a bit like a ‘scaffolding’ under the skin.
HA fillers have a dual action
1. Mechanical: restores volume and support to areas of the face that have lost fat, which has resulted in the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagginess – or in some cases just increases volume (lips)
2. Chemical: provides a deep hydration in the areas treated, adding further plumpness to the skin.
What are the benefits?
HA fillers can bring the following anti-ageing benefits to your skin:
– facial wrinkle reduction – in particular for nose to mouth lines, smoker’s lines, marionette lines etc.;
– cheek and chin augmentation;
– lip enhancement – to define contours, add volume to the body of the lips or lift the corners of the mouth which have turned downwards with age, giving a ‘sad’ look;
– skin rejuvenation – to improve the crepey texture in the face or decolletage area or the veiny aspect of your hands.
To improve comfort, the injections follow the application of an anaesthetic cream to the areas to be treated. Some HA fillers also include an anaesthetic inside the gel.
Compared to the previous generation of fillers (collagen fillers) HA fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane provide a longer lasting action and a higher safety profile. The price of the treatment depends on the thickness and quantity of the gel required, which can best be assessed following a consultation with the practitioner.