What is Hyaluronic Acid (H-A) and Collagen?
H-A is natural to our skin and it exists in higher concentration when we are younger. Level falls down as we get older and due to sun damage. It can be injected into the human skin to repair defects.
Collagen fibers can be derived from Bovine( cow) collagen. However Collagen Injection is loosing ground to H. A. since it not as lasting as long due to the advancement of H-A preparations.
How Long Does a H-A Treatment Last?
There are many forms of Hyaluronic Acids available to us nowadays under different brand names( Restylane, Perlane, Revanesse, Redexis, Revanesse Ultra, Redexis Ultra). They differ in how concentrated they are and how the molecules are crossed linked. These two variable seem to predetermine for the most part how long they last. The range falls between a few months and 18 months.
What Types Of Conditions Is H-A Best Used For? H-A can be used for treating facial contour defects. The most common treatments involve: naso-labial( sides of the nose), the vermilion ridge( above the lips), glabella( between the eyebrows), oral commissures( “smile Lines”) and depressed scars( e.g.,acne). Consult your physician to determine if you are a potential candidate for H/A treatment.
Is H-A Treatment A Replacement for Laser-Skin Resurfacing, Chemical Peel? No but it can be efficacious when used alone or in concert with these procedures for the treatment of facial contour defects.
How Many Treatments Are Required? Typically two to three treatments are required over a three-month period to correct most dermal depressions. Improvements H/A are progressive. After the first treatment you will see some change, but each additional treatment yields more improvements.
Are The Treatments Painful? Your doctor will inject H/A with fine gauge needle. Most patients have found these injections tolerable with the use of Xylocaine, used in dental procedure.
What Will I Look Like Right After Treatment? Most patients the improvement in appearance is immediate. Some patients find that their skin, at the injection sites, is red or blanched for hours after treatment. If you have a history of bruising, a bruise may result. Your physician will discuss other potential side effects with you during your consultation.