What is Hyaluronic Acid and How it Benefits Your Skin?

September 13, 2019

 

Juvederm VoliteMany skincare products today contain hyaluronic acid (HA), which is said to improve your skin’s moisture level. While this ingredient may seem like a hype or trend, research suggests that it is not like that. This is because HA is, in fact, one of the best ingredients that you can use for your skin.  

What exactly is hyaluronic acid (HA)?

Hyaluronic acid or HA is a clear, jelly-like substance (or molecule) that your body naturally produces. It is found in every tissue of the body, but is more abundant in your skin, connective tissues, and fluid around the eyes. 

HA is responsible for retaining water to keep your tissues lubricated. It binds to water (up to 1000 times its weight) in the  skin to lock in moisture and give your skin a plump and glowing appearance.

The human body has about 15 grams of hyaluronic acid at any given time, but one-third of this is synthesized and degraded every day. We also produce less HA as we age.  Poor diet, smoking, and sun exposure can play a role in HA depletion. This can cause the skin to become dull, dry, and less plump over time. 

How does HA benefit the skin?

Using anti-aging products (serums, masks) and supplements with hyaluronic acid can reward your skin in a number of ways. You can also choose to inject HA into some areas of the skin to make it look plump and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid can:

  • Help plump and moisturize the skin
  • Promote more supple skin
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin aging
  • Make skin look firmer

Can you inject HA in the skin?

Yes, you can through dermal fillers and innovative injectables. One good option is Juvederm Volite, an innovative anti-aging injectable treatment made of hyaluronic acid. When delivered into the skin, HA combines with the water in the skin to improve its hydration, smoothness, and elasticity.

How it works: Volite is injected superficially with fine needles and involves multiple microinjection points all over the treatment areas. It uses VYCROSS® technology, a manufacturing process that provides a high concentration of cross-linked HA acid for long-lasting results.

What is Volite good for: This injectable can be used not only for the face, but also on the hand, neck, hands, and décolletage. It hydrates crepey, dry skin caused by lack of moisture and aging, as well as reduces scaly, rough texture. It also evens out skin depressions.

Volite is suitable if you have dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. It can also benefit you if you have mild laxity on the face, neck, and back of the hands. Juvederm Volite, furthermore, can refresh your skin and give it a youthful glow.

What can you expect: This injectable stimulates the body’s own natural collagen to improve skin quality. Studies suggest that it can last up to nine months and provide significant improvement in skin quality for up to six months, eliminating the need for multiple treatments.

You may be able to notice plumping effects after the procedure, but full  and significant results are visible after two weeks. There may also be possible pinpoint bruises and needle-marks in the treatment areas that can last five to seven days following the procedure.

A word of caution: Do take note that injecting Volite is a medical skin procedure that should only be done by skilled and experienced injectors. It also requires careful technique, attention to detail, and artistic skills to get natural-looking results and avoid complications.

You can also check out our previous post to learn more about Volite and what makes it different from typical dermal fillers

Schedule a Consultation Today

Reap the benefits of HA using Juvederm Volite. Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics today and schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors in Singapore to find out if you’re a good candidate for this injectable.