The Beauty Bit
Hyaluronic Acid is used mainly to improve volume under the skin, which can help to plump out wrinkles or hollows in the lower face caused by the ageing process or loss of facial fat. It is most commonly used to correct the nose to mouth furrows, to plump lips, and correct lines that bring the corners of the mouth down. It is administered by injections underneath the skin. It is rather more uncomfortable that Botulinum toxin and we usually suggest using local anaesthetic cream on the skin prior to injections.
The beneficial effects start to appear immediately but will slowly get better until around 10 days when you will see the full correction. The correction can remain from 6 months or longer, depending on product used, location of correction and individual.
We also provide treatment with filler to improve the general elasticity, hydration and appearance of skin in larger areas, such as cheeks, neck, décolletage and hands. This treatment is a two – three stage treatment using numerous fine injections of filler below the skin, both plumping out the skin and stimulating collagen production. This is called ‘vital’ treatment. Initial benefits can be seen after the course is finished but the total benefits of this treatment can take up to 6months to show, as collagen production is a slow steady process. The results last around a year, with some clients opting for an annual ‘top-up’.
The Science Bit
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring compound found in all of the tissues in the human body, over 50% of the total HA in the human body is found with our skin. It works by strongly attracting water to itself, meaning that it combines water molecules with itself safely filling space under the skin and hence plumping out dips and grooves. Over time it biodegrades completely.
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