Hyaluronic acid is a natural dermal filler that helps combat three signs of aging observed on the face: wrinkles, sagging skin and volume loss. Injection of hyaluronic acid under the skin creates volume in areas that usually lack some: lips, cheekbones, cheeks, skin around the eyes (dark circles).
1. Principles of hyaluronic acid injections
Hyaluronic acid is known for retaining water (hydrophilic effect), which makes it a great filler to help reduce wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in skin tissues on all living organisms.
Hyaluronic acid used by Dr. Kron is manufactured in laboratories. The substance is not taken from animals and is pure. Degradation by the body happens naturally, just as it is happening when the body produces and degrades hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid injections: procedure
Injections are performed at the Doctor's office. Depending on recommendations and treatment needed, it can come with our without anesthesia. If anesthesia is needed, it will be induced with EMLA cream or cold, or under traditional local anesthesia.
Injections of fillers such as hyaluronic acid can treat:
- nasolabial folds,
- bitterness folds,
- perioral wrinkles,
- dark circles,
- cheeks, temples,
- jowls, sagging jawline,
- lion's wrinkle - glabella,
- crow's feet or any wrinkles around the eyes,
2. Hyaluronic acid injections: reasons to go with a plastic surgeon
Since a hyaluronic acid injection is a procedure that falls under aesthetic medicine and not cosmetic surgery, it can be performed by other practitioners.
Plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is the only medical specialty recognized in France that trains any medical and surgical treatments. Plastic surgeons will be best suited to offer patients a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic approach. Through their training as surgeon, they offer an expertise in face anatomy with a granular knowledge for each layer of the skin. They work with these surgical techniques on a daily basis. Plastic surgeons usually know exactly on which part of the face hyaluronic acid injections must be performed in order to provide best results.
As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kron will be able to explain and offer patients therapeutic alternatives to hyaluronic acid injection. During the first interview, he can advise the best treatment that will deliver the best results based on the patient's anatomy:
- Various types of facelifts that will stretch the skin "up",
- Laser, peeling or dermabrasion for "smooth" wrinkles,
- Lipostructure (filling wrinkles with fat)
- Botox injections (botulinum toxin), that are best suited for scars
As each treatment has advantages and disadvantages, a cosmetic surgeon can offer a response to the patient's needs by optimizing the benefit-risk ratio.
Note: To assist you in treating the signs of aging and help you determine if a hyaluronic acid treatment will meet your needs and expectations, Dr. Kron offers a diagnosis of your face. During this diagnosis, an in-depth assessment of the patient's face skin will allow them to receive a customized therapeutic treatment.
3. Results of hyaluronic acid injections for facial wrinkles
The result of the procedure can be observed immediately after the procedure. Injections are completely painless. Some redness and a small edema at the injected areas may be visible for a few hours only.
More rarely, a small bruise can appear, easily concealed with makeup. Normal resumption of daily activities is possible immediately.
Duration of results:
Hyaluronic acid is a resorbable product and its effect tends to fade over time. Durability of results varies according to the skin type and depth of injected area. The type of product used can also have an impact.
In general, the result of a hyaluronic acid injection is visible for about 6 to 12 months.
Patients with the following conditions should not rely on hyaluronic acid injections:
- Inflammatory skin diseases (must be treated beforehand),
- Autoimmune disease,
- Recent intake of aspirin or corticosteroids,
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding in progress.