Facial Fillers; What Are They and What Can They Do?

There are things that happen to us as we age. On the surface, it may be easy to notice a few wrinkles and a slightly sagging neck, but underneath it, there are many more things happening. Most people have read about what collagen is and how it reduces along with the natural ageing process, but this is only one out of a wide range of biological chemicals that alter the makeup of someone’s tissues as they age.

One of the most common biological modules in our tissues is hyaluronic acid. It has long been labelled as a passive molecule and just another inert part of the matrix of proteins and compounds that make up the non-living component of facial tissue. It has a very high affinity with water, and when well-created in its natural state, it has a clear, glue-like consistency similar to translucent PVA. The quantity of hyaluronic acid in tissue reduces with age in almost all mammals and certainly in humans.

Because hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body, there is all the necessary machinery to break it down and recycle it. Any additional hyaluronic acid added by injection will eventually be broken down and reabsorbed. This gives any injectable cosmetic procedures with hyaluronic acid a life span of 6 to 12 months. Some patients consider this to be good, allowing them to try out a non-permanent and non-invasive cosmetic procedure while knowing that it will eventually fade; however, others find it tedious to consistently have a treatment repeated.

Is hyaluronic acid safe?

Hyaluronic acid itself is considered very safe. It is used extensively in shampoos, care products and moisturisers, but beyond this, the real question is ‘is it safe once injected into the body?’. As this acid occurs in most skin tissue, it is highly unlikely that it will induce any form of allergic reaction, being well-tolerated in almost all patients.

With any form of injection, there is a risk of inappropriate injections causing damage; however, this is really determined by the skill of the practitioner. Injecting hyaluronic acid directly into a blood vessel can be dangerous, as is introducing bacteria into tissue with unsanitary conditions, but these are easily mitigated by a competent professional. So, ensuring that you are being treated by somebody with medical experience is important, as most injectables are provided by medically trained personnel in either dental clinics or cosmetics salons. This is less of an issue, but injectables provided by friends or at downtown beauty salons should be treated with extreme caution.

Injectables, particularly dermal fillers Kent seem to derive their popularity from meeting a niche of those who wish to alter their appearance but not engage in invasive or permanent changes. Hyaluronic acid ticks all of the boxes capable of altering your appearance either in a non-invasive, natural and youthful way or in a glamorous, radical way if desired. Nevertheless, they are temporary, self-resolving and do not require surgery to perform or correct.

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