The aging process is still being researched, but we’ve come to understand many of the key factors and molecules involved in skin health. Among those is hyaluronic acid (HA), which plays a major role in retaining moisture. Keeping the skin hydrated is a major part of maintaining a supple, youthful complexion, and HA injections like Juvederm® can help.
At DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, Dr. Ernest M. DiGeronimo provides patients with Juvederm injections along with other nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic options to improve their appearance and self-confidence.
Why your skin needs hyaluronic acid
If you’ve done research into the structure of the skin, you might be familiar with the proteins collagen and elastin. These provide volume and elasticity, giving your skin a soft appearance that bounces back from stretching and strain.
However, a key factor in maintaining healthy skin is moisture. Dry skin is more vulnerable to external factors like sun damage, leading to premature aging.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) provides lubrication for the eyes and joints, as well as the skin. HA also plays a major role in healing, keeping the top surface of the wound clean and moisturized as the skin repairs itself.
HA lies between the cellular matrix of the skin, stimulating collagen production and binding to water molecules. This helps your skin retain moisture and volume, combining with natural oils to give the skin a tight and dewy appearance.
Signs of low HA levels
Generally, a lack of HA causes the same problems as collagen and elastin deficiency. You might notice the following skin issues:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough or textured complexion
- Dry or flaky skin
- Redness and inflammation
- Skin that takes time to heal
- Increased scarring
An HA deficiency doesn’t stop at the skin, however. Hyaluronic acid is a major component in synovial fluid and tears, which lubricate the joints and eyes. If you also suffer from dry eye or joint pain, it may be a sign that your HA levels are low.
How Juvederm can help
There are many ways to supplement hyaluronic acid, including creams and moisturizers. However, these have their limits. While topical application of HA can help prevent and reduce signs of aging, even a regimented skin care routine might not provide the results you’re looking for.
If you’re hoping to make a notable difference in your skin’s appearance, we help by introducing the hyaluronic acid directly where it’s needed via injection, to correctly contour your face.
Along with performing surgical procedures to reshape the face and body, Dr. DeGeronimo also has experience with all kinds of injectables. This includes common muscle paralyzing neurotoxins like Botox®, as well as more benign dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane®.
To learn more about hyaluronic acid and other injectables, schedule a consultation with Dr. Degeronimo. He can help you decide the best approach to your skin concerns. To get in touch, call 305-376-0378 or request an appointment online.