Cosmetic filler injections
Hyaluronic acid therapy is becoming a popular choice as a temporary filler for facial augmentation . It is a safe, procedure that conveniently softens facial lines and furrows . It also has the added benefit of not requiring skin testing before use. We use Juvéderm™.
Tiny quantities of hyaluronic acid are injected, this encourages our skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid. Depending on how many lines are targeted, the treatment could take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, with minimal discomfort (especially with products that contain local anaesthetic agents).
The effects of the filler can be maintained by small ‘top-up’ treatments as required, generally about twice a year.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that is found in extracellular tissue space, and acts as a binding, lubricating, and protective agent.
In skin tissue, hyaluronic acid is a viscous substance found between collagen and elastin fibers.
It has many important functions:
- Keeps skin moisturised by retaining water
- helps in tissue repair, keeping together the skin’s main components, collagen and elastin
- helps to build a protective barrier against microorganisms
With age the body’s natural store of hyaluronic acid diminishes.
In the last 3 decades, artificial forms of hyaluronic acid have been developed and used to in different medical fields. Juvederm® is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid injections can be used as a dermal filler to improve the skin’s appearance and reduces the marks left in the skin due to scars or injury, and signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid can be used to improve:
- Frown lines that run between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
- Smoker’s lines which are vertical lines on the mouth (perioral lines)
- Marionette lines at the corner of the mouth (oral commissures)
- Worry lines that run across the forehead (forehead lines)
- Crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes (periorbital lines)
- Deep smile lines that run from side of the nose to corners of the mouth (nasolabial furrows)
- Cheek depressions
- Lip borders
- Acne scars
- Some facial scars
Most people can receive hyaluronic acid treatment. Because hyaluronic acid is chemically identical within and between species, allergic reactions to it are very rare. During your consultation with us we will discuss whether or not you require a skin allergy test before starting hyaluronic acid therapy.
Treatments are carried out at Global Health and Beauty clinic which is a medical center fully equipped with all the latest facilities. Our practitioners are fully trained doctors.
Hyaluronic acid implants are not permanent. Like natural hyaluronic acid, synthetic hyaluronic acid, once injected into the skin, will gradually break down and be absorbed by our body. The effects can last between 3-9 months. Most people require 2 to 3 treatments per year.
Hyaluronic acid therapy is generally very well tolerated. Often patients report minor discomfort. This is minimized by the use of a local anaesthetic. Immediately after treatment the area may be reddish, swollen and sore, but this usually improves within a few days. Allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid are rare; these are generally red and/or thickened nodules arising in the injected sites and may persist for several weeks or months.
Filler treatments are available from £200.