Hyaluronic acid can offer youthful appearance, by smoothing fine wrinkles and lines.
As we get older the production of endogenous hyaluronic acid is gradually reduced and this is the reason of the wrinkles formation to the skin.
In the last years hyaluronic acid is well known because it is used for filling facial wrinkles and folds.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural structural component of the human body and is a fundamental element of the skin, produced by fibroblasts.
It is really a natural hydrophilic substance found in the connective tissue and in our joints which helps in tissue hydration and water retention to them.
What are the main functions of hyaluronic acid?
It holds large amounts of moisture and keeps the skin hydrated.
Protects cells against free radicals.
It is an ideal component of collagen tissue in all living organisms which gives elasticity and firmness.
It enhances the healing and regenerative ability of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricating factor for collagen and is a major connective tissue of the skin, offering flexibility and absorbency.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
Over time, the skin loses its elasticity, the fibroblasts i.e. cells that produce collagen and elastin progressively reduce in number, this is of course due to various factors such as heredity, excessive sun exposure (photoaging) or due to smoking and the inadequate care of our face.
All these result in the skin to lose its firmness and radiance while we have wrinkles creation and those that we already have become deeper.
In recent years, hyaluronic acid is a powerful substance in the hands of plastic surgeons in order to address deep and superficial wrinkles.
For which facial areas is appropriate?
Hyaluronic acid is appropriate mainly for facial wrinkles, or fine wrinkles, as are the wrinkles in the corner of the mouth, or in deep wrinkles such as nasolabial lines.
It can also be used on the lips giving volume or emphasizing the contour of the lips.
At the same time it can be used in face contour replacing the lost volume which has been reduced over time.
How is the treatment performed?
The treatment is performed in Dr. Kretsis’s office. Initially we apply an anesthetic cream for 20 minutes, then we perform a series of microinjections using a small in mm needle.
The patient has a slight sensation of pinching. By the completion of the treatment there is a mild irritation for 2-3 hours, the patient can directly return to everyday activities.
The outcome is visible right after the completion of the treatment and is gradually complete in the following 3-5 days.
How long does the result last?
Hyaluronic acid is absorbed gradually by the body after 8-12 months, then the patient may repeat the treatment.