Why is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) So Important?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally-occurring substance in skin known for its incredible capacity to attract and hold onto over one thousand times its weight in moisture. It is a vital, naturally-occurring substance that’s part of the skin’s healthy matrix.

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Topical Products to Boost HA

When used in skin care products like creams and serums, hyaluronic acid brings moisture to the surface of your skin, making it highly hydrating. So in a topical product it will make the skin appear dewy and younger as well as help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by promoting skin elasticity. It also has a soothing effect on the skin and is generally well tolerated, making it suitable for all skin types.

We carry the following products which contain HA as one of the primary ingredients:
• Defenage 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream PRO EXCLUSIVE
• EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
• EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF
• EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
• SkinMedical HA⁵ Rejuvenating Hydrator
• SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
• SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
• SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel and Phyto Corrective Masque

What are HA Injectables?

HA injectables use a gel form of hyaluronic acid to add volume to the dermal layer of the skin. In these fillers, HA is bound in a carrier which holds it in place where it is injected. The HA in these gels creates volume because it draws in water to the area, creating a filling effect. These dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial folds, and to create structure, framework, and volume to the face and lips. The effects of injectable hyaluronic acid are seen immediately.

Because HA is naturally-occurring, is considered very safe as the main ingredient in these products. Since they are non-allergenic (no skin tests required), noncarcinogenic and nonteratogenic (meaning they stay in place once injected into the skin), HA injectables have helped revolutionize the skin filler market.

Juvederm Skinvive with HA Microdroplets

SkinVive is considered a breakthrough as an injectable moisturizer. Unlike dermal fillers, Skinvive is used to enhance the skin’s radiance without altering the natural contours of your face. It provides long-lasting hydration to the skin, leaving it moisturized and supple. The treatment is tailored to individual skin characteristics and goals. Results can be observed within one to two weeks and last for around six months.

Conventional HA Dermal Fillers

Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane are all typical HA fillers. Each of these injectables has unique characteristics, which influence what location(s) on the face they are best suited, how deep they should be injected in the skin, and their longevity after injection. Outcomes vary from patient to patient and depends on the individual properties of the dermal filler, the age of the patient, the individual characteristics of the patient’s skin, and where the gel is injected. For example, results in the lips may last six months, but those in the nasolabial folds may last nine to twelve months or longer. Juvederm Voluma can last up to 24 months when injected into the cheeks. As the filler is naturally absorbed, additional injections are required to maintain the desired effect.

We invite you to come in for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss which of our HA fillers, or combination of fillers, would be a good choice for your specific goals.

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