A lot of excitement surrounds the December 2003 it approval of the hylauronic products. Hylauronic acid is a natural substance found in all species that is highly attracted to water with an ability to bind to it. In this way, it fills the wrinkles or lips by attracting water to the site and allowing for a soft, supple correction that looks very natural. Most patients appreciate its long lasting effects, with many experiencing 8 months to a year of correction from a single treatment.
Additionally, it has a very low side effect profile. In our experience, a very small percentage of patients will develop bruising or swelling at the treatment site lasting beyond 24 hours. The majority of people treated are thrilled with the results and appreciate the immediate return to their busy schedule. There have been a few reports of hypersensitivity reactions, but because it is so unlikely, the it does not require skin testing of patients.
The hylauronics are now the filler treatment of choice for correcting the aging changes around the mouth.
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