Hyaluronic acid fillers

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body. You can find concentrated amounts in your soft connective tissue, in the fluid around your eyes, in cartilage and joint fluid and skin tissue. It can be extracted and reformulated, and is now a popular injectable filler in the beauty world.

The properties of this acid reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that appear on your face as you age. For this reason, some fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. These fillers enhance your face’s plumpness by redeeming the volume and elasticity lost in the aging process. After a procedure, your skin will appear younger and rejuvenated.

Over the years, many brands have created different hyaluronic acid fillers for deep wrinkles and superficial fine lines. Some of the brand names include:

  • Juvederm family from Allergan: Juvederm Ultra, Voluma, Vollbellar.
  • Restylane family from Galderma: Resteline, Restylane lift, Restylsne Silk, Refine, Define.
  • Belatero from Merz.
Hyaluronic Acid Filler Treatment

The Filler Process

A typical filler session lasts for an hour at most. Once you walk into the office, you will be requested to take a seat, and the doctor will commence the procedure. Many people have their filler injected over lunch hour due to the short time the process takes, hence the phrase “lunchtime facelift”.

Some filler formulas contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic that makes the injections more comfortable. However, if the numbing agent is not present, the doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to help with the pain of the injections. The filler is injected into the target area using a thin needle. The amount of filler injected into your skin may depend on factors such as:

  • The depth of the wrinkle
  • The extent of the change you desire
  • Your skin type

After a filler injection, the doctor may also massage your skin to even out the spread of the filler and create a more natural result.