Hyaluronic acid is a handy little substance: it’s been known as a stealthy ingredient that is key to preventing many common skin ailments. In fact, it’s actually within your skin in your connective tissues! Ever wondered why babies have super soft skin? It’s because they’re brimming with this good stuff.
But as we age, you may wonder where that softness dissipates to - unfortunately, our hyaluronic acid levels diminish over time. That’s why the use of hyaluronic fillers is emerging as a popular option to help promote collagen growth. In a study carried out by the Fluminense Federal University in Niterói, Brazil, the fillers on photoaged faces revealed ‘clinical improvement and skin remodeling after the procedure, even with a long follow-up period.’
The study proved that in addition to increased collagen fibers, they also saw an increase in the skin’s epidermis layers. Our epidermis is our skin, and beneath that is where collagen resides. “Morphometric analyses showed an increase in collagen after 3 and 9 months, and an increase in elastic fibers after 9 months. Moreover, the persistence of the [hyaluronic acid] filler in the dermis after 9 months has been one of the longest periods of that reported to date,” said Fabiana Braga França Wanick, MD, MS from the university.
The fillers are thus not just for filling or adding a ‘plumping effect’ - they also encourage your own system to draw on the increased levels to settle in to become a more permanent fix. I’ve seen this in my own practice, and I highly recommend considering these fillers if you’re hoping to give your skin a boost that won’t just be temporary.