Hyaluronic Acid Injections: Benefits And Risks.
Hyaluronic acid, which is used in the composition of several anti-aging creams, is also used in injections to reduce wrinkles without resorting to surgery. Here is a presentation of this cosmetic surgery technique.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally present in our body, particularly in the epidermis. It is a hydrophilic substance that has the property of attracting water and thus contributing to the hydration of the skin. This active ingredient is therefore included in the composition of anti-aging treatments such as creams designed to smooth and firm the skin. It is also used in the field of cosmetic surgery for filling wrinkles.
What is the use of hyaluronic acid injections?
Fast and virtually painless, hyaluronic acid injections are a very popular anti-aging technique currently. These injections help to fill in wrinkles on the face and neck to give the skin a smooth and visibly younger appearance.
In practice, hyaluronic acid, which comes in the form of a transparent gel, is injected into the skin using a syringe with a very fine needle. The price of a session varies from €150 to €300 depending on the extent of the treatment.
What areas are treated?
Hyaluronic acid is used to fill fine and deep wrinkles such as:
• nasolabial folds (around the nose)
• marionette lines (on either side of the mouth)
• crow's feet
• Forehead wrinkles
For sensitive areas, local anesthesia can be performed.
What are the effects?
The effect of hyaluronic acid is immediately visible, but the optimal result is achieved 10 days after the intervention. It should be noted that the effects of the injection are temporary and last an average of 6 to 8 months, or up to 12 months in the best case scenario. The operation will need to be repeated for a lasting result. It is important to be aware that this is a temporary solution and not to become "addicted" to these injections.
Note: Hyaluronic acid is a resorbable molecule that naturally depletes in the body. If you are hesitant to proceed, know that this cosmetic surgery procedure is reversible and non-permanent.
What are the risks?
The risk of side effects is low. However, reactions at the injection site (redness, slight swelling, itching) are possible.
There is a very serious complication: skin necrosis if the product enters an artery and the mouth. That is why it is very important to consult a doctor for this type of injections.
Hyaluronic acid injections are not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding and in people with progressive allergic diseases.