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Innovative Hyaluronic Acid Treatment to Try in 2017 – Redensity I

Innovative Hyaluronic Acid Treatment to Try in 2017 - Redensity I

The more hyaluronic acid you can get into your skin, the younger and fresher you'll look—and now there are newer, and better, ways to load up. Hyaluronic acid is a little complicated. First, it's not actually an acid. It's a sugar. Also, it's a sponge. Every molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. But one thing about hyaluronic acid has always been 100 percent straightforward: It's a skin-care star. In serums and creams, it smooths and plumps (temporarily); as an injectable, it erases wrinkles (for months). Let's be honest, though: We've taken hyaluronic acid for granted for a while. Sure, it's great stuff, always welcome at the party. But when's the last time you were like, “Guys, hyaluronic acid is here!” That's about to change. A fresh crop of innovations has us taking a new look at the old standby. Chemists and dermatologists are using hyaluronic acid in unprecedented ways to make skin dewier, firmer, and a whole lot awesomer.

THE HOT SHOTS: New treatments prove that hyaluronic is way more than a tricky string of vowels.

The Face-lift Lite. “We used to use hyaluronic acid only to fill wrinkles,” says Neil Sadick, a dermatologist in New York City. But now doctors are also injecting it deeper, near fat pads in the face. “Those fat pads hold up the skin but shrink with age, causing sagging and wrinkles,” says Sadick. “By replacing them with a hyaluronic acid filler, you can lift the skin and smooth lines for 9 to 12 months.”

The Bright Side. Something called “skin boosting” is popular in Europe, and now doctors here are adapting the technique. It involves getting shallow injections of hyaluronic acid—up to 50 shots!—all over your face. If you're thinking, Why would anyone do that? (fair question), the appeal is twofold. Each treatment disperses hyaluronic acid evenly through the skin so “you look brighter and dewier for weeks,” says Jessica Wu, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. And regular treatments every few months “stimulate collagen to smooth fine lines and firm mild sagging,” says Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City. Wu expects the popularity of the treatment to rise soon if a hyaluronic acid filler from a company called Teoxane gets FDA approval (the flexible gel is ideal for this technique).

The Superpowered Serum. Most doctors use needles to get hyaluronic acid into the skin, but some are also just using their hands. They'll break open a vial of an injectable, like Belotero, then spread it on like a face mask. “It pulls water into the skin for several weeks to a month,” says Robert Anolik, a dermatologist in New York City. “It makes fine lines less visible but won't do much for deep wrinkles.” It works only if the hyaluronic acid penetrates skin, so dermatologists apply this medical-grade mask for at least three hours after doing another treatment (like microneedling or Fraxel) that pokes microscopic holes in the skin.

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