At the medical spa offices of Dr. Steven Jepson MD, one of our primary goals with all our cosmetic treatments is to achieve natural-looking results. All our treatments are done in minimally invasive formats, and we use natural products wherever possible to help you achieve the look you desire.
One of the key elements in our efforts here is called hyaluronic acid. It’s present in our Juvederm treatment offerings as the primary ingredient, and is hugely important to an entire range of cosmetic procedures. Let’s look at how hyaluronic acid works, why it’s so valuable as a natural product, and a few tips for caring for yourself after any treatment involving it.
Hyaluronic Acid Basics
We’ve been talking a lot about “natural” products, and hyaluronic acid fits the bill perfectly – it is naturally found in every human body, in high concentrations in some areas. You’ll find lots of it in the fluid around your eyes, for instance, and around various soft connective tissues throughout the body including cartilage and joint fluids. In fact, it’s even used in the medical world as an injection for people who have arthritis, as it can help provide additional soft cushioning for joints suffering from pain.
For cosmetic treatments, though, it provides this same kind of cushion to facial structures and tissues. The skin can lose its volume or elasticity over the years, and hyaluronic acid helps reverse this by combining with water molecules to hydrate the skin. It binds at over 1,000 times its own weight in water, allowing it to plump up the skin significantly.
Where It Helps
Various hyaluronic acid fillers can be used across the entire face, where they can help limit wrinkles and increase volume. There are several specific conditions or issues they may help address:
This is not necessarily the extent of this list in all cases, and there may be certain hyaluronic acid treatments that don’t cover certain of these areas. Ask Dr. Jepson or another of our medical spa professionals about this before proceeding with treatment.
In most cases, treatments using hyaluronic acid will take 30 minutes or less. We generally recommend that you try not to play around too much with the affected area in the immediate hours after your treatment – ideally, you should go at least 24 hours without touching or pushing on any treated areas. This can lead to the hyaluronic acid moving to the wrong area of the face as it settles in. You may have small irritation or bruising for a day or two, but this is normal.
For more on hyaluronic acid and how it can help you, or to learn about Botox, Kybella or any of our medical spa services, speak to the pros at the offices of Dr. Steven Jepson MD today.