Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance of our body. It function is to provide support. That’s why it is an important component of the skin’s agility and texture. And in turn that is why we use it in facial rejuvenation. Hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, Hydrelle etc) comes in different forms, viscosities, and brand names. It is used to fill in and efface or soften thin and deep wrinkles of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is dermal filler. That means that for best results it should be injected and administered in the dermis of the skin. That is why is so effective in wrinkle correction. Some hyaluronic acid fillers that are used for volume augmentation such as Juvederm Voluma can be injected to the deeper tissues if the face and body. Juvederm Voluma in particular is injected near the bony skeleton.
In addition to its filling capacity hyaluronic acid draws in water to the area of the injection. That further adds to its efficacy because water means more volume. Adding volume can be an element that compliments facial rejuvenation.
The practitioner may inject sometimes too much hyaluronic acid and the results may not look good. Furthermore the water that the hyaluronic acid draws in can make the area of original injection puffy and not pretty. This causes a lot of stress to men and women who receive these cosmetic enhancement injections. Wonderful and effective treatment exists in the form of hyaluronidase injection.
Hyaluronidase is simply an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid and therefore reverses its effects in the area of original injection. Only very experienced doctors who practice cosmetic plastic surgery should administer hyaluronidase. If properly given hyaluronidase amazingly fast! The results can be seen as soon as 24 hours after the injection!
Hyaluronidase injection should be used very meticulously because it will not only dissolve artificial injected hyaluronic acid but also the body’s own natural hyaluronic acid. This may result in unwanted contour irregularities.
Another potential use of hyaluronidase in cosmetic surgery of the face is to help dissolve small hematoma formation following a facelift or necklift.