What Is Hyaluronic Acid and What Is Its Role in My Body?

What Is Hyaluronic Acid and What Is Its Role in My Body?

A lot of anti-aging treatments turn to synthetic substances, but not all. Leading dermal fillers, for example, use hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in your body. 

To understand your cosmetic treatment options, it’s helpful to take a closer look at what makes them up. That’s why Nikunj Patel, MD, FACC, and our team at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center not only offer hyaluronic-based dermal fillers like Juvéderm®, but want to help you get a feel for how they work. We’re here at our office in Abilene, Texas, to answer your questions and have also built this guide to hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid 101

This acid occurs throughout your body and acts as a humectant, lubricant, and cushioning agent. It can bind over one thousand times its weight in water. 

You can find hyaluronic acid in the fluid of your joints, skin, and eyes. As a humectant, it helps your body retain hydration, keeping your joints lubricated, your eyes moist, and your skin supple.

All told, hyaluronic acid is a powerful player in keeping you mobile and youthful. However, as you get older, your body makes less of it. 

Fortunately, medical research has found several effective ways to supplement this acid throughout your body, easing some of the effects of aging. 

Uses for hyaluronic acid

By injecting hyaluronic acid into targeted locations, medical practitioners can help with cataract surgery and ease osteoarthritis. Taking it orally can soothe dry eyes, acid reflux, and more. 

But one of the leading uses for hyaluronic acid doesn’t happen inside your body, but on your skin. As we mentioned, your body makes less hyaluronic acid through the years. Paired with a reduced production rate of collagen and elastin, this results in volume loss as you get older. You might notice it in thinning lips, sunken cheeks, or deeper nasolabial folds, for example.

Fortunately, we can reverse all of these issues with hyaluronic acid injections. With FDA-approved Juvéderm® or Belotero Balance® dermal fillers, we can replenish volume wherever your face needs it. These hyaluronic acid-based injections can:

Clearly, whether your body makes it naturally or our team introduces it via a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid does a lot for your body.

To learn more about how hyaluronic acid-based treatments can help you defy aging through the years, call Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center or request your appointment online today. 

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