You might have heard of hyaluronic acid, or HA, as the main ingredient in popular injectable dermal fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane and Volbella. This powerhouse ingredient is incredibly safe and allows your injector to deliver highly customized results. 

“Hyaluronic acid is naturally an important part of our skin,” says Dr. David Amron, a dermatologic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. “It is the basis for most of the dermal fillers we currently use and is an active ingredient in many of today’s skin care products.”

In fact, injections of hyaluronic acid-based fillers are up 106.9 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

 


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Since HA is naturally found in the body, especially in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes, it makes an amazing injectable filler.

“It serves both as a moisturizer and a filler, restoring the skin to a natural, younger appearance,” says Dr. Emil Tanghetti, a dermatologist in Sacramento, California. “Initially, many in the public thought of it as an agent that provides volume to the deeper layers of the skin but, when used topically, it has incredible hydrating properties.”

 

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Those hydrating properties make HA also great for topical moisturizers. “One gram (0.03 ounce) of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water,” writes skincare expert Paula Begoun. “But what’s even more impressive is that hyaluronic acid can do this for skin without tipping the scales and giving skin too much water.”

 

 

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Despite the “acid” part of its name, HA is gentle and safe for all skin types. “This product can be used across all skin types, in all climates and is extremely safe,” says Dr. Tanghetti. 

 

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