The desire to look younger is nothing new. For example, ancient Greek and Roman women applied a mixture of mud and crocodile dung to their faces and bodies in hopes of looking younger and Victorian women spread a very dangerous mercury concoction on their faces in search of a youthful glow. We’ve come a long way since such desperate measures were taken. Today, anyone hoping to look their best can turn to safe, well-tested treatments like injectable hyaluronic acid.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are a type of temporary dermal filler, used to add volume back to parts of the face that have lost volume through the natural aging process. The substance is found naturally in the body, which may be the primary reason patients tend to respond so well to it.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
Once injected under the skin, hyaluronic acid works by attracting water. That water causes the skin to plump, pushing out fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. This remarkable substance allows patients to be treated for only the parts of their faces that bother them. Hyaluronic acid fillers for lips are used to make lips look like a younger, plumper version of their younger selves. It’s also used to fill out those ever-deepening brackets around the mouth and “marionette lines” directly next to the outer lips.
How Long Do Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers Last?
Aesthetic medical practitioners find that hyaluronic acid dermal filler use offers their patients instant results that lasts for months. Outcome varies by patients and how quickly they metabolize the substance. Generally speaking though, hyaluronic acid lasts around six months in the lips and nine to 12 months in the nasolabial folds (laugh lines). Anecdotal evidence shows that some types of hyaluronic acids lasts up to two years in the cheeks.
One of the most beneficial things about hyaluronic acid injections is the way it can be customized to fit the specific needs of a specific patient. Rather than being used in a one-size-fits-all way, practitioners help their patients figure out where it can make the biggest impact.