What is hyaluronic acid?

The thought of putting acid on your face, let alone injecting it into the skin is a bit of a terrifying thought! After all, isn’t acid harmful? Isn’t it what bad guys in movies use in big chemical vats labelled with skull and crossbones? Luckily, hyaluronic acid isn’t that type of acid. It’s been hailed as a ‘fountain of youth’ and is key to creating natural looking volume and definition in cosmetic injections. But what exactly is it?

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body works to renew, protect and support every element of the skin. One of its most amazing properties is its ability to hold moisture; just one gram of the stuff can hold 6 litres of water! This makes it fantastic for plumping and adding volume to parts of the body through cosmetic injection.

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HOW IS IT USED?

The texture of hyaluronic acid varies from each injection site to get the best results. For lip injections, a softer gel is used that feels just like natural lips when injected. For other areas that require more building such as the chin and nose, a thicker solution that hardens is used. Your experienced doctor will know which product to use, guaranteeing you the best results.

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There are many things to love about hyaluronic acid, but probably the best is this: because it’s a naturally occurring substance, doctors are able to use an enzyme to dissolve it if you decide you don’t want fuller lips anymore. Unlike traditional permanent implants, hyaluronidase can be injected directly into the skin and you’re back to normal in no time at all. This is one the best reasons to get your injections from a qualified doctor, as hyaluronidase can only be provided by a physician.

Hopefully this article has answered some of your questions on what your cosmetic injections are actually made of. If not, that’s okay! Each of our treatments is preceded by a one on one consultation with your doctor who can answer all the questions you may have.