Hyaluronic Acid - Beauty Wave of the Future?
In our continuing search for the fountain of youth, there
is a new weapon. Hyaluronic acid (HA), a key component of
human tissue, aiding the body’s flexibility, mobility and
moisture retention, is emerging as a key ingredient in many
anti-aging beauty products and as a viable alternative to
collagen and related substances in injection procedures. As
we age, the Hyaluronic acid levels in our body decrease, contributing
to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dryness in the
skin. Hyaluronic acid beauty products and injections can decrease
the appearance of lines and wrinkles by replenishing the body’s
natural supply of Hyaluronic acid and/or by stimulating the
body to rejuvenate its own supply of HA.
Among the exciting new developments in the world of Hyaluronic
acid products is the recent FDA approval of Restylane and
Hylaform, facial injections containing Hyaluronic acid. These
injections can be administered quickly and with little chance
of side effect. According to the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons, more people than ever are choosing to forgo invasive
plastic surgery for less painful, less time consuming procedures.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
predicts that in 2005, Hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Hylaform)
will surpass collagen as the most popular soft tissue filler
for lines and wrinkles. The Society also predicts that additional
Hyaluronic acid products developed specifically for facial
volume enhancement and for improvement of depressed scars
will be introduced.
Currently, Hyaluronic acid injections are most commonly used
around the mouth and on forehead wrinkles and smile lines
and to enlarge, moisturize and “plump” lips. The entire injection
process takes less than an hour, and requires repeat treatments
every four months to a year. Hyaluronic acid treatments are
more expensive than those using collagen (a syringe of Restylane
or another Hyaluronic acid product might cost up to $500 as
compared to around $373 for collagen) but HA injections last
longer because they help the skin retain natural moisture.
When injected, the filler plumps up the skin by allowing it
to attract and hold water. Side effects are much less likely
with Hyaluronic acid than with collagen contributing to its
attractiveness as an alternative treatment.
The possibilities seem endless for uses of Hyaluronic acid.
In Japan, Daikin Industries is even offering an air conditioner
that emits Hyaluronic acid from the filter to moisturize skin.
There are sure to be even more innovations and future ways
to take advantage of Hyaluronic acid’s many health and beauty
About the Author:
Jana Willinger E-Hyaluronicacid.com
is dedicated to promoting an understanding of Hyaluronic acid,
a major ingredient in many medical and anti-aging therapies
and to highlighting places where you can safely purchase Hyaluronic
acid products. For more information go to http://www.E-Hyaluronicacid.com.
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