The human body is a wondrous thing. It keeps going against all odds. It has mechanisms that ensure that everything runs without an issue.
Even the tiniest part of our bodies is perfectly aligned with others. And not only that, but it’s also aligned with other systems as well.
But as we age, our bodies slow down. They can’t do as much as they once could. That’s primarily because some of those systems and mechanisms can’t work properly. So, we show signs of aging.
We get acid reflux from simple foods. Furthermore, our skin health deteriorates. We get fine lines and wrinkles on our faces. Our faces start looking a bit dull and less radiant than they used to. Our connective tissue gets a bit stiff, and we get that distinct joint pain that simply wasn’t there when we were younger.
Are you wondering why? Well, it’s because our bodies aren’t producing as much Hyaluronic acid as before.
But does aging really have to be that bad?
No, of course not! We can introduce elements that will help our bodies fuel those mechanisms we already mentioned. That way, we can successfully slow down the aging process and make our bodies look (and feel) younger. Hyaluronic acid is one of those elements.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
HA is one of those substances that play a role in everything. Thankfully, that’s to our benefit. This particular acid is a sugar that our bodies naturally produce. It provides moisture and lubrication to our skin but also makes sure our eyes and joints are lubricated and mobile. It also gives our skin structure.
Although it can be found in all connective tissue, HA is mainly talked about when it comes to skin.
As we all know, moisture is vital for healthy skin. It’s what our skin craves when it gets damaged. It’s also what keeps us looking fresh, youthful, and energized.
That’s precisely why hyaluronic acid or, to be more precise, hyaluronan became a buzzword in the skincare industry. It promotes wound healing and tissue repair. It also keeps everything adequately lubricated.
So, it’s no wonder that everyone was interested in keeping their hyaluronic acid levels high at all costs. That led to a lot of people eating bone broth, leafy greens, and soy products. These foods are naturally rich in hyaluronic acid and can promote its production.
However, there’s only so much a healthy lifestyle can do (although I strongly advocate for it). And when it falls short, hyaluronic acid supplements can come to the rescue. They are there to ensure we stay as healthy and young-looking as possible.
How Do We Use It at the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic?
Here at the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic, we always have a long list of hyaluronic acid products to recommend to our clients. Hyaluronic acid can keep the skin looking supple and plump. So it’s our firm belief that it should be a vital part of any skincare routine.
Hyaluronic acid can help with:
- skin moisture
- wound healing
- facial redness
- skin elasticity
- collagen production
HA works by binding water and moisturizing our skin, eyes, and joints. But, it’s an astonishing humectant because it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water. It also ensures that those water molecules stay on the skin’s surface, so the skin is hydrated and lubricated.
So, essentially, hyaluronic acid might not be the essence of skin care and skin health, but it’s certainly a vital part of it. That’s precisely why we advise our clients to look into skincare products from SkinCeuticals and Environ that contain HA. Not every product will work for everyone, but the options are practically limitless. Age can be just a number, and we can get our skin to look as fresh and young as we feel on the inside!
But what happens when the products aren’t enough?
Which Treatments Include Hyaluronic Acid?
When skincare products aren’t enough, the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic is there to lend a hand with our dermal fillers. These dermal fillers are sometimes called liquid facelifts because they show instant results that are often astonishing.
Dermal fillers aren’t as costly as surgery, and they don’t have nearly as much downtime. They provide more volume, smooth out those stubborn fine lines and wrinkles and give an overall refreshed look.
But what does that have to do with HA? Well, at our clinic, we only use non-animal hyaluronic acid. These fillers look natural and improve the overall state and look of the skin. However, because HA is naturally produced in the body, dermal fillers aren’t permanent. They naturally dissolve in the body with time, meaning you won’t be “stuck” with the filler forever.
How Long Do Results Last?
Dermal fillers can smooth out the wrinkles and lines on the face, treat acne scars, and increase the volume and plumpness of lips.
However, as mentioned, their results aren’t permanent. Our dermal fillers last between six and twelve months. After that time, you need to either let them completely dissolve in the body or come to the clinic for a touch-up.
The Do’s and Do not’s of Hyaluronic Acid Treatments
Although you can always change your mind about dermal fillers and all HA treatments, it’s essential to know how to behave both before and after the treatments. That’s one of the ways to ensure the effects last as long as possible and look their best.
DO educate yourself about HA treatments. Here at the clinic, we’re more than happy to offer both advice and the vast knowledge we accumulated as a professional team over the years. Not all treatments will work the same for everyone, which is why we approach each of our clients as individuals.
DO pick a licensed professional. This goes for any and all medical treatments. Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic has a whole team of not only experienced and skilled, but also licensed professionals that will provide you with top-notch service.
DO follow instructions both before and after the procedure. You’re not supposed to wax, tweeze, or bleach the area you’re treating before the procedure. You’re also supposed to stop using any supplements that might be a part of your routine for at least a week before the procedure.
When it comes to aftercare, you must follow it to the T!. You might get ointments to apply or directions on how to ice the area. Staying hydrated, avoiding direct sunlight, and strenuous exercise are also vital parts of aftercare.
The DO NOT’s
DON’T drink alcohol before the procedure.
DON’T take any painkillers or other medications unless specifically prescribed by your doctor. Always tell the medical practitioner doing the HA treatment about the medications you’re taking beforehand.
Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic — a Ticket to Better-Looking Skin
DO make an appointment at the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic if you’re interested in hyaluronic acid treatments. Book your appointment today, and together, we’ll make a plan on how to get your skin to look as youthful and plump as ever!