Hyaluron Therapy is one of the latest trends when it comes to improving the looks of skin and lips. It is a method of inserting Hyaluronic Acid into areas of the face and body. Although the device itself has been in use for decades, now it has also become very useful in the beauty industry.
What exactly is Hyaluron Therapy ?
Hyaluron is a rather simplistic device that generates enough pressure to launch Hyaluron Acid mixture into skin.
What is this Hyaluronic Acid?
One of the reasons the procedure is rather simple and the substance inserted into the skin is safe is that the human body produces the exact same acid, that is actually composed of two sugars (Glucuronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine). No need to get scared by the chemistry related terms, the point is simple: as the human body makes the exact same chemical substance, it is pretty impossible that one would get any sort of allergic reaction or complication from the substance itself.
One should understand why the Hyaluronic Acid exists in the human body (joints, eyeballs, skin). Hyaluronic Acid produced by the body itself exists in Epidermis and Dermis layers of the skin and one of the main functions of it is to keep water inside the skin tissue (being part of the collagen fiber network in Dermis). Keeping it simple: the more Hyaluronic Acid there is inside the Epidermis and more importantly Dermis layer of the skin, the more water is retained in the skin, the moister it is and the more youthful it looks.
What happens to our own Hyaluronic Acid?
Over the course of the years, two things happen: the body itself produces less Hyaluronic Acid. More specifically the collagen fiber network is stretched and becomes allows less Hyaluronic Acid molecules to bind with water. It results in lesser hydration of the skin that (combined of course with the thinning of fat tissue on forehead and cheeks and thickening of it on the neck and chin and some changes in bone structure over the years), results in deepening wrinkles. However, one should understand that Hyaluronic acid molecule is a pretty tough fighter, as being a polymer and very hydrophilic (meaning it can form an enormous amount of connections and it loves to bind with water molecules, often being able to bind up to hundreds of times its own weight) it still holds the extracellular matrix pretty strong. Just the ability to be able to retain water decreases over time (thus the wrinkles etc) because the amount of collagen and thus also Hyaluronic Acid decreases.
What happens when you add some Hyaluronic Acid into the skin?
Compared to the Hyaluronic Acid found in the body and the Hyaluronic Acid inserted into the skin, as said before, the substance is exactly the same. However, Hyaluronic Acid the human body produces has a pretty short lifespan (around 2-4 days), however the Hyaluronic Acid inside the carrier that you are able to treat the Dermis with can last for months (more specifically 4-6 months, usually, when it comes to fillers that can be launched into Demis with Hyaluron). Why would that last so much longer? It depends on the polymeric chains of the substance – namely, it is possible chemically achieve so-called cross-linking, that allows a higher number of connections to be made between the molecules of the Hyaluronic Acid inside the filler, thus slowing down the enzymatic degradation. Basically, it means that the substance still is removed from the body through the absolutely natural degradation process and it just takes more time, allowing the Hyaluronic Acid inserted to retain the water inside the skin all over its longer life-span.