What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, and it helps to bind water to collagen. This traps it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, fuller, and more hydrated. One molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
As we age, we lose collagen and Hyaluronic Acid naturally, so the skin becomes dehydrated more easily. Also, harsh weather, heaters during the wintertime, certain skin-care products, and underlying skin conditions can cause tiny breaks in the protective skin barrier, allowing water to escape.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) can be injected directly into the dermis of the skin to fill and plump the skin, a technique more commonly known as dermal fillers. HA can be massaged into the skin following dermal needling and HA can also be applied topically to the skin and is a key ingredient in many serums and creams.
While the (HA) molecule is too large to penetrate through the skin into the dermal layer within creams and serums, there are benefits to applying it on the skin’s surface. “It acts as a moisturiser through its water-attracting properties. This means it draws water into the skin to keep it hydrated, supple and functioning effectively as a barrier.
In Dermal fillers, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) presents as a gel-like product that, once injected, attracts water to regenerate volume and recreate lost structure. This helps reduce the overall sunken or sagging appearance of the face and softens the overall look of lines and wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers are used:
- To correct or enhance facial contours; cheeks, temples, jawline, nose, chin
- To define, correct or enhance lips
- To soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds
- To restore lost volume in hands to reduce the appearance of veins and tendons
- To correct hollows under the eyes (tear troughs)
- To improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin
- Improve the appearance of scars and other depressions in the skin
Am I suitable for treatment?
Your practitioner will take a detailed medical history and a full facial assessment, along with your needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you.
ChromaDerm believe in enhancing your natural features from the use of Dermal Fillers. There may be circumstances when treatment is declined due to unrealistic/ and or unnatural requests. It is important to understand that Dermal Fillers are a temporary treatment and during your consultation, other treatments may be recommended as more appropriate for your skin, condition, quality and expectations.
Is it safe?
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at the consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed.
Dermal fillers will not be used:
- During pregnancy or breastfeeding
- If you are currently taking certain medicines, particularly drugs that affect the immune system
- If you have previously experienced adverse reactions to dermal fillers or local anaesthetic.
- If you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area or are unwell in any way (even a cold)
- If you suffer from bleeding conditions and or are regularly taking medications which can affect clotting (Aspirin/ Warfarin)
- If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Roaccutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months
All makeup will need to be removed prior to treatment. We prefer if you attend the clinic “Fresh Faced” with no makeup on to be able to assess your general skin health. Contamination with makeup could cause an infection.
Taking the following within 72 hours of treatment may increase your risk of bruising – Alcohol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E. (If you have any concerns about any medication, please consult ChromaDerm prior)
Do Cancel/Reschedule if you:
- Feel at all unwell (even minor coughs and colds can increase your risk of post-treatment complications)
- Think you have or are developing a cold sore. (Treatment around the mouth can trigger or spread cold sore infections)
Do contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
ChromaDerm recommends that you do not schedule any treatment when you have an important event or holiday/trip planned within 2 – 4 weeks. Bruising and swelling is common and can take time to settle and may be prolonged or worsened with exposure to heat and the sun. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for 24 – 48 hours or until any initial side effect settle. Should you have a problem, we will need to see you in order to provide corrective treatment or advice.
Does it hurt?
ChromaDerm uses Dermal fillers containing a local anaesthetic to provide pain relief during the procedure and we may apply a topical anaesthetic cream or ice prior to treatment to numb the skin. The procedure may be uncomfortable but is not usually painful. Certain areas, such as the lips, are more sensitive.
Most people can continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pinprick marks, swelling, bruising (particularly following a lip treatment) which should settle within a few days. Cold packs may be advised to help alleviate swelling and Arnica cream may be recommended to reduce bruising. We will provide you with aftercare advice.
Bruising and swelling may be more apparent the next day and can take up to 14 days to disappear. Tenderness should settle within 48 hours. After treatment, it is expected that you will see an improvement straight away although due to initial swelling, the product may feel slightly hard or lumpy or asymmetrical immediately afterwards.
The final results are best judged at a 2-week review appointment. Depending on the product used, the area treated, quantity etc., results should last from 4 months to in excess of a year.
Information extracted from ©The Aesthetic Complication Expert Group, 2016