As science progresses in its discoveries for how to reduce the impact of aging, there have been many organic as well synthesized chemicals that have been used for the purpose of helping to restore both the youthfulness and beauty of the skin for men and women alike. Saying this, hyaluronic acid injections have become increasingly popular in the anti-aging community. In this article we will define hyaluronic acid(HA) and go over popular treatments and how you can use these injections to restore your skin’s beauty and youthfulness.
The Road To Youth?
Hyaluronic acid is a complex carbohydrate which is present throughout the body in the connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid serves many purposes in the body such as helping the it to retain water as well as lubricating joints and muscles. Its impact on the health of joints is widely known and doctors regularly use HA to help patients with joint problems. This is also essential to bring elasticity to the skin and in helping it maintain elasticity, it makes the skin look younger, longer. As we age, the skin and other tissues becomes depleted of hyaluronic acid. When this happens, the skin will begin to lose volume and “puffiness” which can easily lead to an increased frequency of fine line and wrinkles. In fact, a deficiency in hyaluronic acid has been shown to be connected to premature aging.
Currently, there are two forms of hyaluronic acid, it can be taken orally or it can be injected. The molecular weight of this chemical is fairly large, which makes it difficult to absorb; however, recently, manufacturers have reduced its weight so the body can absorb it easier. Hyaluronic acid injections have become very popular for those who are interested in anti-aging products. A popular product is Restylane which is a facial injectable that utilizes “non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid” in order to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
HA injections are becoming increasingly popular due to their immediate results in reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face. In fact, the FDA has approved hyaluronic acid injections in the United States for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in the areas around the nose and mouth. Other injections such as Botox took the world by storm as it was and still is used to help correct inconsistencies in facial features but products like Restylane are beginning to become extremely popular due to their lessened side effects and near immediate results.
In fact, hyaluronic acid injections have been compared to Botox injections in many studies. In one particular study, over 130 patients received both a Restylane injection as well as Botox injection, both on either side of their face to test for side effects. At the end of the study, patient’s faces were examined for redness and researchers found that all responded better to hyaluronic acid injection in terms of visible redness.
Depending on the person, hyaluronic acid injections can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months or longer while those who use Botox can expect it to last for only 3 to 4 months. Since hyaluronic acid is metabolized by the body, those who have a regular workout routine will find that their injections will not last as long as those who are more sedentary. Hyaluronic acid is currently being used as lips fillers, a wrinkle remover and for other cosmetic purposes in the anti-aging community.
Aging is a part of life but our lifestyle, diet and other personal habits will determine how we age. Although hyaluronic acid is not primarily used to stimulate collagen production in the skin like lasers are, over time hyaluronic acid injections will help to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen in the areas that are injected. To date, products like Restylane have been used by 1000’s of women to help them attain their ideal lip. In fact, someone you know may have used hyaluronic acid. They will just look refreshed as well rested as their skin regains its youthful appearance due to this injection.
To date, there are no known serious side effects of either injecting or taking hyaluronic acid orally, the most common side effect is a small amount of burning that may be experienced by some who get the injection. However, this is rare and the pain is very brief. In some patients, some swelling may occur as well and again, this is very rare. Due to this, these injections should become increasingly popular in the coming years.