The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimated that more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on injectables in 2013, with Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers being the most popular. Botox has become a household name but many of our first-time visitors often ask us about hyaluronic acid fillers because they aren’t as well known. Here’s a quick guide!
Understanding how hyaluronic acid works
Hyaluronic acid is actually a polysaccharide (a type of carbohydrate) that is naturally produced in the body. It is naturally present in the spaces between skin tissues and is primarily responsible for the plumpness and suppleness of youthful-looking skin.
Have you ever noticed how a newborn’s skin seems to be dewy, plump, and extremely supple? This is because we are all born with an abundant supply of hyaluronic acid. As we age, the body’s supply of this naturally occurring substance dwindles, making your skin appear dull, dry, and wrinkled. It has been estimated that women over 50 have only half of the natural hyaluronic acid they had in their childhood.
Hyaluronic acid fillers
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid include Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. When these fillers are injected, they fill in facial tissues that have lost volume and improve the appearance of the skin. Since hyaluronic acid absorbs water, these injectables help the skin retain moisture and keep it looking supple.
Let us help you explore your hyaluronic acid filler options! Call 518.346.0002 to schedule an appointment with us today. Our offices are conveniently located in Latham and Guilderland. We look forward to your visit!