We tend to think of the signs of aging as lines and wrinkles. Beyond that, we might think of jowls and a double chin. What we miss by looking directly at these signs of aging is what lies beneath; what instigates their emergence on the skin. One of the areas in which aging begins is in the skin’s lack of ability to retain moisture. As we age, the skin becomes dry and less vital. This doesn’t always manifest as visible dryness and a scaly appearance, though it can. What is often affects is the overall volume of the skin. Where there is less volume in the dermis and epidermis, there is less plumpness and less curvature where it used to be. Hyaluronic acid is what enabled this to begin with and is what we often use to restore volume.
The Role of Hyaluronic Acid in Youthful-Looking Skin
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance. The body makes it to support lubrication in the joint, the tear film, and the skin. This chemical preserves moisture by constantly attracting and holding moisture. This not only by keeping the inner layers of the skin plump and filled with water molecules but also by hydrating the outer layers of skin so they look smoother, softer, and younger.
The problem with naturally-produced hyaluronic acid is that age reduces activity in the cells that make this chemical. This is why sometime during adulthood we start to notice creaking joints and dry eyes. It’s why we start to see more width at the bottom of the face than at the top. It’s why we see deepening creases around the nose and mouth, flatter cheeks, and thinner lips. Knowing the role that hyaluronic acid plays in youthful-looking skin, we’re able to correct many of the signs of aging that trouble us the most.
How Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Help
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers sit in the skin and attract water molecules. Particles of this acid trap water molecules in place for months at a time. These fillers help rejuvenate the skin by:
- Providing the right amount of moisture in depleted areas, allowing the body to dictate how much water it needs to smooth the skin.
- Filling lines and creases on the lower areas of the face. Here, wrinkles form as the skin loses firmness and volume, not because of muscle movements. Hyaluronic acid is injected beneath wrinkles to push them to the surface.
- Adding volume to thin or flat areas. Hyaluronic acid fillers are often used to enhance the shape of the lips, contour the cheeks, fill in sunken under-eye hollows, disguise under-eye bags, and increase the angles of the jawline.
- Supporting the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid.
Dermal filler treatment is one of the most popular methods of correcting the signs of facial aging. To see how this treatment can help you love your look, call 314.475.3700 and schedule a visit at our St. Louis office.