Injectable hyaluronic acid gel is injected in facial areas where moderate to severe wrinkles and folds occur to temporarily add volume and smooth surfaces of the skin. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver vital nutrients, hydrate the skin by retaining water, and to act as an absorbing agent. Hyaluronic acid can be synthetically produced from a bacterial fermentation process, then chemically stabilized and purified for use as an injectable soft tissue filler.

All injectable filler injections are customized per patient, depending on the depth of the wrinkles and the locations. Multiple injections may be necessary depending on the site, depth of wrinkle and technique used. These can be performed in areas involving the forehead, eyebrows, eyelid regions, cheeks and lips. It can temporarily diminish the appearance of wrinkles and soft tissue depressions e.g. scars. These injections may be performed as a single procedure, in combination with other treatments such as Botulinum toxin, or cosmetic surgery.

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and can last up to a week. The most common temporary side effects include: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising and discoloration. In extreme rare cases patient may present with scaring, hypersensitive reactions, skin necrosis or even sudden blindness from intra-arterial injections. As with all skin procedures, there is also a risk of infection.

After treatment, you should minimize exposure of the treated areas to excessive sun light and extreme cold weather until any initial swelling or redness has disappeared. You should also avoid strenuous exercise or alcohol for at least 48 hours after treatment. Continuing treatments are necessary in order to maintain the effect of injectable fillers over time. Once injected it will be slowly absorbed by the body. The length of effect is variable per individual; however, studies have shown the results may last as long as 9 months to 1 year.

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