What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid helps reduce wrinkles and return fullness to the face. With time, the face loses subcutaneous fat meaning that the facial skin rests on the facial muscles resulting in the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a filler substance that is absorbed by the skin, producing temporary results. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that exists in our tissues naturally but disappears over time.
Hyaluronic Acid – Advantages
- Enhance thin lips.
- Fill areas that have become less plump like the cheeks, temples and lower eyelids.
- Fill wrinkles and improve appearance.
- Improve skin appearance.
Who is a good candidate for hyaluronic acid?
- Healthy individuals
- People with realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure.
- Those who feel that their face has become less plump or following dramatic changes in weight/following child bearing or if they appear tired.
Hyaluronic acid treatment consultation
During the consult we will get to know one another and we will discuss:
- The reasons you are interested in getting hyaluronic acid injections, what expectations you have, what results you are looking to achieve and what can be done realistically to improve the appearance of your face. (By coordinating expectations, we can increase your satisfaction and alleviate any worries you may have regarding the procedure.)
- Your health status and medical history, including any drug sensitivities you might have or what medication, if any, you take regularly.
- Whether you have a history of autoimmune diseases (diseases in which the immune system attacks your body’s own tissues).
- Any previous filler injections you have received.
- A full explanation of the procedure.
- The treatment is a non-surgical one performed during the consultation itself. It is natural to feel a bit nervous or excited prior to our visit. A thorough understanding of the procedure will help reduce anxiety. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have and discuss your feelings during the consultation.
How do I prepare for hyaluronic acid treatment?
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin during the week prior to the procedure.
- Make sure to let the physician know if you are unwell (e.g. if you have the flu)
The steps for treatment with hyaluronic acid:
Injection of filler substances may look like a simple procedure because it involves just a few injections in the clinic however the process requires an intimate knowledge of scientific medical information and an artistic approach that only physicians have the experience to implement.
It is crucial that the physician performing the procedure does so according to each patient’s specific anatomy and facial structure. In addition, the physician must be very familiar facial anatomy in order to reduce any risks associated with the procedure.
Anesthetic creams or local anesthesia can be administered prior to the procedure. In addition, cooling the area with ice can make the procedure more tolerable. The injections themselves can sting however for the most part, the pain is described as tolerable. A very thin needle is used for injecting hyaluronic acid. The treatment is performed in the clinic. The number of injections that will be performed is a function of the number of areas you wish to treat.
The results of the procedure are immediate however the final results will be visible only once any swelling from the procedure goes down, which can take as long as 2-3 weeks.
What should I expect from the recovery process following Botox?
- Recovery time varies between patients. You can resume your regular activities right after the procedure however we recommend that you avoid intense physical activity for the first day following the procedure in order to limit swelling.
- Following the treatment, you may experience some swelling, bruising or hard areas at the sites of injection. Most of it will disappear within a few hour’s to a few day’s time.