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Hyaluronic acid fillers

Hyaluronic acid can be injected into the body to plump the skin and smooth out wrinkles.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Other names: Hyaluronan, hyaluronate

Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance. It is naturally present in all organic beings, which of course includes humans. (It's part of a trend in injectables to use the body's own materials as fillers—collagen, fat and Selphyl (blood-based) are all other human-based fillers.)

Consider the injections a possible way to replenish the body's natural resources. Injection of the filler is a fairly simple procedure. It only takes about 15 to 30 minutes to clean the skin with an antiseptic, apply a local anesthetic, and insert a fine needle along the edge of the area to be treated. The results can be seen almost instantly, as the hyaluronic acid creates a cushion beneath the skin, thus increasing facial volume and plumping wrinkles (temporarily) out of existence.

What It's Good For

Hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin to temporarily eliminate wrinkles, pits and depressions such as frown lines, worry lines, acne scars and crow's feet. It can also be used to add volume to cheeks and lips.

Did you know?: A study performed in 2009 found that when combined with Botox, hyaluronic acid fillers proved to provide better and more durable results than either treatment received alone.

Who's Done It?

Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen explained to People magazine that she sought out Juvederm to correct visible creases in her face, including her nasolabial folds. Her family, friends and the press, "were surprised that I looked so normal," she gushed. But even the most benign treatments can be overdone. Days of our Lives actress Lisa Rinna is an example of this cosmetic greed. Rinna turned to Juvederm as well, and ended up with chipmunk cheeks and even poutier lips. "That's what I overdid - big time. I saw a photo and I was like, 'Oh Jesus. That's no good.'"

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