Hyaluronic acid injections are among the most important demands of our patients. This filling product has the enormous advantage of being very versatile and of being used for various indications, with efficiency and safety.
Below is a list of all the possibilities offered by injections of hyaluronic acid in aesthetic medicine:
Fill Facial Wrinkles
As we age, the skin dehydrates, shrinks and wrinkles. It all begins in the thirties with the appearance of the expression lines that form when the face is in motion (e.g. the appearance of the nasolabial lines when smiling). Then, starting around 40, the wrinkles widen to remain apparent when the face is not moving.
Aging is due to the progressive decrease in collagen, elastic fibres and hyaluronic acid, which are essential elements for youthfulness and skin firmness.
There are now effective and safe ways to erase wrinkles: hyaluronic acid injections. By injecting this protein through a syringe or cannula, the wrinkle will be filled and the crack will disappear.
This product is already present in the body, it is perfectly tolerated by our body, and will allow to rejuvenate the face for almost a year. There are several types of hyaluronic acid which thickness varies, depending on the area to be treated and the wrinkle (light or hollow).
Hyaluronic acid helps to fill:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Lip lines, border & volume
- Hand wrinkles
The session lasts an average of 20 to 30 minutes depending on the number of injections to be given and the patient can resume his or her activities immediately after the session. The results are immediate. It is possible to leave with a slight oedema which will disappear a few days later. The doctor advises to take Arnica 2 days before the injections, and to massage the injected area in order to distribute the product well.
Restore face volumes
From the age of 50, the face begins to lose its fat and its muscles diminish and collapse: one notices a decrease and a displacement of the volumes. A young face makes one think of a triangle with the top down. As the face grows older, it grows tired and weakened. The cheekbones lose in volume, temples and cheeks widen.
Volumizing acid injections allow to:
- Give volume to the cheekbones
- Fill the temples dug
- Fill the cheeks hollowed out
Our clinic uses Voluma by Allergan, a rather thick hyaluronic acid that prevents the product to migrate elsewere in the tissues. The injections are performed using a micro cannula that penetrates the area up to the bone. The results are immediately visible and last up to 2 years.
Repulping the Lips
In addition to the reduction of the face volume, the volume of the lips decreases as they age: they become finer, dehydrated and wrinkled. The lips are less pulpy and sensual, and are often accompanied by fine lines that surround them, also called ‘smokers wrinkles’. Young lips are smooth and fleshy lips, which is why hyaluronic acid is the perfect product to plump this area.
Techniques that are possible:
Needle injections: the practionner will do several injections all around the lips. The results are natural but the technique is a bit uncomfortable. A well concentrated lidocaine anaesthetic cream will be applied throughout the mouth at least 30 minutes before the session.
Injections with a cannula: the doctor will make a micro hole on both sides of the lips with a needle, in order to insert the cannula that will run through the lip. This technique minimises oedema and haematoma.
There are no particular risks apart from the appearance of a slight oedema which will disappear as the days pass. It is therefore advisable to take Arnica a few days before the injection. The session lasts about 15 minutes and the effects last about 1 year.
Rehydrate and lighten the Complexion:
Over time, pollution and stress, some people see their complexion tarnish. Their face is tired, dull and gray. Thanks to small injections of hyaluronic acid on the surface of the skin all over the face, the patient will find a pink complexion and that exudes freshness! For this type of treatment, short and fine needles are used. This technique is called ‘mesotherapy’.
This treatment helps to revitalise the face and moisturise the epidermis in order to slow down the aging process. The mesotherapy allows a call of water and fills the lack of hyaluronic acid, less and less present as we age. It is in fact thanks to hyaluronic acid that the skin retains its youth and its brilliance. Mesotherapy will also have a smoothing effect on small fine lines. Mesotherapy can be applied in several areas:
- The face
- The décolleté
- The back of the hands
It takes an average of 3 sessions once a month of 15 minutes to reboost the complexion. The results are almost immediate from the first session, and improve over time. The patient can say goodbye to the foundation and to bronzing powder.
Filling in the dark circles:
The dark circles are undoubtedly the best sign of fatigue that one can observe in someone. They weigh and devitalise the eue contour, while giving a sick and weakened look. Dark circles reveal the bone that surrounds the eyes. Several reasons for this phenomenon that can associate:
- Water retention
- permanent stress and fatigue
- The fineness of the skin
- Loss of fat due to the aging of the skin
To restore life to the eye, the practitioner will inject hyaluronic acid into the circles. To avoid irregularities, the needle penetrates the ring deep enough, to the bone. She will choose a hyaluronic acid fine and fluid to respect the fineness of the skin. The circles will be filled and the look revitalised for at least a year.
Removing Blue/Violet cirlces
There are several types of pigmented circles: browns, blue/violet and red. Each has their causes and origins and only blue/violet circles can be treated with hyaluronic acid. Indeed, this type of pigmented dark circles is due to the transparency or thinness of the skin, and that reveals the muscles and blood vessels. Inheritance can also play a role. By injecting a fine and fluid hyaluronic acid to respect the fragility of the skin, the lower eyelids will be thickened and the pigmentation will disappear. Effects last up to 2 years. The doctor will inject the product to the bone to avoid irregularities and balls on the lower eyelids. The patient will finally find a look that breathes life, and will no longer need anti dark cirlces.
Still very uncommon in UK, medical rhinoplasty is an excellent alternative to surgery. The principle is simple: fill a hollow present on the nose with injections of volumizing hyaluronic acid to blend a small bump and smooth the nose.
This intervention lasts less than 30 minutes has several advantages:
- Alternative to cosmetic surgery
- Good way to see the results of a reconstructed nose before surgery
- Not irreversible: recordable product
- No Scar
- Low cost compared to surgery
- No anaesthesia
- No social eviction
- No hospitalisation
- Using a relatively thick hyaluronic acid, the effects can last up to 2 years.
- Allergy to Hyaluronic Acid
- Autoimmune diseases
- Diseases of the nervous system (multiple sclerosis…)
- Thyroid Problems
- Blood coagulation problems
- Anti-inflammatory treatments (aspirin…)