Restylane®, Radiesse®, and JUVÉDERM® are the most effective hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. However, to understand how they work, you must understand hyaluronic acid and its benefits. HA is a naturally-occurring and biocompatible component readily available in the human body — it’s a lubricating fluid in your joints, keeps your skin supple, and has various other uses. Hyaluronic acid’s most unique feature is its ability to hold up to 1,000x its own weight in water.
Youthful skin is rich in HA, which is why your skin appears smooth, supple, and voluminous when you’re young. However, as you grow older, your body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid gradually diminishes, leading to tired-looking, dry, and wrinkled skin. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers restore your skin’s HA components to enhance your youthfulness, giving you a fuller and supple appearance. It’s also injected into lips and cheeks to enhance their contours.
Hyaluronic acid is also biodegradable, and your body metabolizes it within 6 to 12 months, depending on the formulation, treatment area, and your body’s natural metabolism rate. Furthermore, each hyaluronic acid-based filler is unique — they have unique formulations designed to address different parts of your face. Your cosmetic provider will carefully assess your skin and discuss your goals to recommend the ideal filler for your chosen treatment areas.