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Tuesday, February 27 2018

What is Hyaluronic Acid and Why It’s Great For Your Skin

You probably have seen hyaluronic acid in one of your skin care products but you may have wondered….what exactly is it?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body.  It is a lubricating fluid that has a high capacity for holding water…up to 1000 times its weight!  It acts almost like a sponge, holding water in the skin, giving it a plump and youthful appearance.  Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down.  Loss of hyaluronic acid in our skin leads to loss of volume and firmness.

How can you increase hyaluronic acid in your body?

Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and eating certain foods can help your body to replenish or maintain its levels of hyaluronic acid.

Animal products are the ideal dietary source, due to their high concentration of animal connective tissues, meats containing large skin and other tissues are rich in hyaluronic acid. Other sources of HA include liver and stew of animal bones, tendons, skin, and joints.

Leafy greens such as spinach and kale, root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes are also great sources. Most root vegetables are also rich in magnesium which also helps to composite hyaluronic acid in our bodies.

Fortunately for us, we can also obtain a more youthful, plumper complexion with the use of hyaluronic acid fillers.  Fillers have gained a lot of popularity in recent years as celebrities have opened up about their age-defying beauty secrets.  Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Realself allow for more exposure and communication for interested consumers.

Hyaluronic Acid fillers are used to:

  • Enhance and define lips
  • Add volume and contour to cheeks
  • Smooth pre-jowl depressions
  • Fill under eye hollows
  • Smooth facial folds and wrinkles

Hyaluronic acid fillers are great because they provide instant results after injection. Once injected, it improves the structure of the skin while attracting water molecules, which aids in hydration and increasing skin volume.  At our office, Dr. Ong will combine fillers with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to further enhance skin rejuvenation. Platelet Rich Plasma allows for regeneration by releasing growth factors into the skin when it is injected. The growth factors activate stem cells to create new collagen and blood vessels.  Creating more plump and healthy revitalized skin!

Learn more about Hyaluronic Acid fillers by calling our Scottsdale office at (480) 771-7771.

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