Hyaluronic acid injections, also called dermal fillers, face fillers or wrinkle fillers, are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments.
The hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. It corrects the signs of aging without going under the knife.
This natural treatment is applied to provide elasticity and improve the appearance of the skin. Also, it allows to add volume to specific areas of the face.
Usually, patients over 30 years old ask for cosmetic procedures based on hyaluronan injections. Although, it could be considered in younger patients.
The results are immediately visible. However, it is very important to go to a qualified professional and get treated in an accredited center. Beware of non-licensed medical providers who offer hyaluronic acid fillers!
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What Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections for?
At a purely cosmetic level, the use of hyaluronic acid fillers is for patients who want to:
- improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin
- reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- add volume to certain facial areas
From the ’30s on, the skin begins to show signs of aging. Dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles appear gradually. The most frequently treated areas are the lips and the contours of the eyes.
Through this procedure, the skin can recover its volume, looking supple and hydrated. The appearance of small wrinkles is softened too.
However, hyaluronic acid injections are not limited to the face. They go beyond fulfilling vanity! Orthopedic physicians can use hyaluronic acid infiltrations to reduce pain from injury or osteoarthritis (wear and tear of joints). After all, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in the fluid that helps lubricate your joints and keeps them working smoothly.
Indeed, this technique delivers hyaluronic acid right into the joint capsule and synovial fluid. Intra-articular hyaluronic acid can help decrease knee osteoarthritis symptoms and slow down joint degeneration. It can also increase joint mobility for six months approximately.
What are Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Used For?
How are face fillers injections performed?
Before the filler treatment, your doctor will evaluate your face to decide which points or areas need improvement. Depending on the number of areas, you will need more or less product.
You don’t need a great deal of preparation before the procedure. Although, a minimum 24-hour notice is preferable. Also, you should avoid taking alcohol, aspirin, or ibuprofen-like medications the day before to reduce bruising.
On the day of your treatment, the doctor will clean your skin and apply an anaesthetic cream to numb the area. Then, the hyaluronic acid filler is injected using a fine needle. You will barely feel the prick!
We also have fine and flexible cannulas for the injection of hyaluronic acid. Cannulas reduce the risk of injury and the appearance of bruises. Therefore, depending on the treatment, your doctor will use a needle, a cannula, or a combination of both.
Also, the depth of the injections will vary. The filler could be injected into the deepest layers of the skin or, more superficially.
This is a quick procedure. The session can last anything from 15 minutes to an hour if you need more detailed work.
After the treatment, you can continue with your normal life. No downtime is needed! Just avoid sun exposure during the first days, sauna, and pool activities. Also, you shouldn’t do heavy exercise that day.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID DERMAL FILLERS?
The results of face fillers are immediate. After a week or two, results become even better.
- Injections promote hydration and smoothness of the face.
- They make your skin look firm and toned.
- You will have a face free of wrinkles.
- They increase the production of collagen.
- They increase the elasticity and firmness of the skin.
WHAT IS THE 8 POINT HYALURONIC ACID FACELIFT?
The 8 Point Hyaluronic Acid Facelift is a facial hyaluronic acid application technique described by Mauricio Di Maio’s plastic surgeon.
The goal is to inject a small amount of hyaluronic acid at 8 key facial strategic points. This procedure improves the appearance of the face using less product.
You get an instant lift and a rejuvenated appearance. The results are both effective and natural.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYALURONIC ACID AND BOTOX?
Botox and hyaluronic acid offer similar rejuvenating effects, but there are some crucial differences between them.
First, Botox (botulinum toxin) paralyzes the muscles and prevents wrinkles produced by their movements. It acts as a muscle relaxant.
On the other hand, hyaluronic acid works by adding volume and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. It acts as a dermal filler. It does not affect muscle activity at all.
HOW LONG DO HYALURONIC ACID DERMAL FILLERS LASTS?
Depending on the hyaluronic acid brand chosen and the amount injected, the duration of its effects will vary between 6 and 18 months. Also, it depends on the patient’s metabolism.
Since hyaluronic acid is a resorbable material, you need regular touch-ups to maintain the results. These visits are part of the therapeutic protocol and usually require less product than the initial treatment.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF HYALURONIC ACID DERMAL FILLERS?
Injectable hyaluronic acid do not carry any risk as long as they are administered by a qualified professional. Being a natural substance, it is very safe and does not usually present side effects.
The percentage of people who have suffered from some allergy or reaction ranges from 3% to 5%. In case of any side effects, they usually disappear after a few days.
Some side effects are sensitivity, bruising, or lumps in the applied areas. Discomfort, irritation, hardness, and redness of the skin may present as well.
ADVANTAGES OF INJECTIONS OVER COSMETIC CREAMS.
Hyaluronic acid is considered a great skincare ingredient and a hydration powerhouse. Therefore, there are more and more cosmetic brands that include hyaluronic acid in their creams and serums.
Hyaluronic acid is an excellent moisturizer and humectant for the skin. Creams and serums based on hyaluronic acid manage to soften and rehydrate the epidermis. But if you are looking for a powerful filler effect, you have to choose injections.
The great advantage of injected hyaluronic acid is that it penetrates 100% into the deep dermis. In cream, its penetration depends on the thickness of the product and the skin’s absorption capacity.
When you get hyaluronic acid injections, the needle allows reaching the desired depth without limitations.
Since the product can penetrate better, its effects are more noticeable. Therefore, the ability to hydrate, fill, improve skin quality, and volumize certain areas is more effective.
Furthermore, when injecting hyaluronic acid, unlike cosmetic products, the results are seen immediately. And they can get better after a week or two.
HOW MUCH DO DERMAL FILLERS INJECTIONS COST?
The price of a hyaluronic acid treatment depends on the areas treated.
Facial wrinkles filling (1 bottle): 480 euros
Dark circles Filling (1 bottle): 480 euros
Complete facial rejuvenation: 1,550 euros
Lip augmentation (1 Juvederm bottle): 450 euros
Since we know that cost is important, we welcome you to visit our facilities for a free, no-obligation visit. You’ll have time to consult with the plastic surgeon, ask questions, and talk about any concerns.
We’ll identify the best solution and the best price for you.
With more than 20 years of experience, Antiaging Group Barcelona is a leading clinic in Spain in facial cosmetic treatments.
Doctor Jesús Benito is a recognised authority in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in Spain.
Doctor Laura Salvador
Specialist in face and body cosmetic medicine.
Cosmetic medicine with laser techniques (IPL, QSwitch…)
Bibliography & Publications:
- Rejuvenecimiento facial no quirúrgico. XIX Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética. Guayaquil, octubre 2016.
- Press Release: How does a man’s face age?
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