If you’ve dreamed of having the skin you had 10 years ago, but aren’t willing to go under the knife, there’s still hope. The hyaluronic acid filler is a wrinkle filler that does just the trick without a whole lot of recovery time, which, in today’s fast-paced world, is something we can all appreciate. So, what exactly is this wrinkle filler and how does it work against the signs of aging?
What Is the Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Filler?
If you have stubborn lines, minor or major, the hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler might be what you’re looking for. Or perhaps you want more fullness in your cheeks and lips? It can help you there too. This type of wrinkle filler is more commonly identified by its popular brand names, like Juvéderm or Restylane.
Hyaluronic acid is a jellylike fluid that is found naturally in our bodies—it’s known for its moisture retention and restoration of collagen and elasticity. More specifically, hyaluronic acid is found in our tissue, which is what helps to give our skin that firm, supple look. Hyaluronic acid can even be found in our joints, functioning as a lubricant. Over time, production of this substance slows down and our skin can begin to look aged and withered. The wrinkle filler restores the hyaluronic acid that has been lost.
The Wrinkle Filler Procedure
The wrinkle filler procedure itself is generally quite simple; however, it’s not completely painless. The hyaluronic acid filler is given via injection, so there is a bit of discomfort, especially if you don’t like needles. Luckily, most wrinkle filler procedures are completed relatively quickly, and the doctor may even apply a topical anesthetic or mix one into the syringe to numb the pain.
The hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler is not to be administered by anyone but a surgeon or board-certified dermatologist. The doctor will first clean the area, removing any makeup and/or dirt. The wrinkle filler is inserted into a syringe and then carefully injected into the desired location. The doctor may also use their hands to gently move and mold the hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler where they’d like it to sit. The injected hyaluronic acid works to support areas on your face that have lost volume or elasticity as a result of the aging process.
Slight bleeding and discomfort is brief, but normal. Results will be immediately visible, but full results won’t be noticed until the swelling goes down completely. The hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler treatment can take as little as 20 minutes, depending on who’s administering it.
Recovery and Risks of the Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Filler
After the wrinkle filler procedure, you will be encouraged to apply an ice pack to calm swelling and reduce pain. Recovery is typically three to seven days to see the full effects, but you are not physically limited to resume daily tasks.
Risks for this particular wrinkle filler can include an allergic reaction and the formation of tiny bumps under the skin, which, in some rare cases, can be permanent. This wrinkle filler generally has a good reputation of yielding long-lasting results—three to six months—but it also depends on which brand you go with.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to find a qualified doctor when getting a hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler treatment. It is always a good idea to shop around, but do not sacrifice quality and safety for a cheaper price. If it isn’t done properly, this type of wrinkle filler can have terrible side effects that are hard to correct, not to mention costly.
However, when it’s done right, the hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler is one way to ensure that when you look in the mirror, you see soft, supple, younger looking skin.
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