Juvederm: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Apr 30, 2014 | Blog, Skin Care

Correction of wrinkles on half faceIn 2006, the FDA approved Juvederm as an injectable dermal filler, and it has been one of the most popular brand name dermal fillers since. As our skin and bodies naturally age, elasticity is lost, and fine lines and wrinkles inevitably appear. Dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid as its main ingredient, such as Juvederm, help achieve a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. Let’s take a look at hyaluronic acid, what it is, and how it is beneficial to our skin:
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a compound of proteins and sugars that naturally occur in the body. Collagen and elastin fibers lie beneath the layer that connects the epidermis and the dermis. HA is the gelatinous substance that occupies the area between the fibers of elastin and collagen. Throughout the aging process, the production of collagen and elastin starts to decline, and the body’s usual storage of HA depreciates. As a result, the dermis loses thickness and volume.
Hyaluronic acid is essentially a protective agent that acts as a filler to keep signs of aging at bay. When it’s injected into the skin as a cosmetic enhancement, HA evens out the fine lines and wrinkles and provides fullness by replenishing the depleted supply of HA that once existed naturally in the skin. Additionally, HA has a sponge-like quality that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which keeps the skin hydrated and provides a plump and soft texture.
Think about how a baby’s skin is always so velvety and smooth. Babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid, and realistically, it is impossible to get back that perfectly soft and smooth texture. But with the benefits of Juvederm, it’s possible to restore your skin’s HA content for a fresher, plumper and younger looking appearance.
If you would like to learn more about Juvederm, request an appointment online, or call (480) 513-2888 to book a free consultation with the North Scottsdale Laser and Skin Care Clinic today!