Hyaluronic Acid

The lowdown on the buzz ingredient HA

Hyaluronic acid is an extremely common ingredient for many aesthetic products. But what exactly is it and how can it help you to look and feel the best version of yourself?

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (also known as HA) is a clear, gooey, natural substance that is found in your body. Its main role is to retain water to keep your tissues hydrated and well lubricated.

Hyaluronic acid is commonly found in your skin, between your cells, in your connective tissue, eyes, and even in your joints!

As we age, our body starts to produce less hyaluronic acid in the skin, which, along with other factors, can cause loss of skin moisture and increase the signs of ageing.

This is why hyaluronic acid has become a key ingredient in aesthetic products!

What is hyaluronic acid used for in aesthetics?

Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient in many skincare formulations and it is often injected directly into the skin to improve hydration and stimulate biorevitalisation for better skin quality.

It is most commonly used as the crucial component for temporary dermal filler products, which are injected into the skin to treat wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally broken down in your body by an enzyme called hyaluronidase, so in order for it to be injected into the body and last over several months it must undergo processing in the laboratory called ‘cross-linking’.

The benefit of using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is that in the event of an aesthetic complication, they can be removed or ‘dissolved’ with hyaluronidase injections.

What do I need to know before having hyaluronic acid treatment?

You should always have a formal consultation with a medical professional.

Choose a practitioner who is insured and regulated by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council. Your chosen practitioner should also be thoroughly trained and experienced in injecting hyaluronic acid.

To learn more about dermal fillers before you book a consultation, click here.

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