The Lowdown on Hyaluronic Acid

Dermal Fillers Grand Rapids, MI Some people believe that if you holed up in a cave down in Ohio and never let the sun hit your skin, you wouldn’t develop any wrinkles. There is some truth to that, as sun damage is a big factor in skin damage. But when you have all the great outdoor stuff we have in Michigan — from thousands of lakes to endless golf courses to the entire U.P.  — who’s going to want to stay inside all the time? We just do what we want and address the effects on our skin later.

That’s where the team at Elite can come in — we help you deal with the wrinkles that form from sun damage and natural aging. When treating this type of wrinkle that shows itself at all times — these are called static wrinkles — we use various dermal fillers. As their name implies, dermal fillers “fill” wrinkles on the face.

At Elite, our most popular fillers come from the Juvéderm family. Juvéderm formerly was a single product meant for nasolabial folds and parentheses lines.   Now there are numerous Juvéderm fillers; each targets different areas of the face. All Juvéderm fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, meaning they are categorized as “natural fillers.”

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for skin hydration and plumping. That’s why fillers made with hyaluronic acid earn that natural filler designation. Hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules to hydrate and add volume to the skin. Unfortunately, as with many other things as we age, hyaluronic production decreases the older we become. Because of this, the skin becomes less supple, more leathery. Also, it has less support, so problems such as wrinkles, creases, and volume loss all begin to show themselves.

Fillers fill it back up

That’s where dermal fillers come in. When injected beneath a wrinkle or crease, the filler “fills” in the wrinkle by plumping the area. In the case of Juvéderm, hyaluronic acid is the mechanism, as it can bind to 1,000 times its weight in water. Other fillers that we carry, such as Radiesse, are made of synthetic materials, often calcium hydroxylapatite and those materials push the wrinkle up from underneath.

Now you’re a hyaluronic acid pro. You’ll see it mentioned in various lotions and such. But the real power of hyaluronic acid comes when it is injected under the skin where it binds to water molecules. Do you want to put the power of hyaluronic acid to work replacing lost volume on your face? Call the team at Elite Plastic Surgery, (616) 459-1907, and ask about the options with Juvéderm.

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