What is a hyaluronic acid wrinkle filler?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the stuff in the fillers Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm, but also found naturally in our bodies. HA oils your joints. HA fillers usually lasts four to eight months, so you will have to keep going back for more. Concerns that it will migrate—starting out in a wrinkle but shifting elsewhere, creating a lump here or a bump there—are pretty much a nonissue. Bumps can be massaged away.

The rare exceptions can be if too much is put in at once, which is why filling a very deep crease is often done in two steps, if there is pressure on the material—for instance, the very deep crease is under a very big cheek, which presses down on it. Then, there can be migration problems, but they are rare and experienced skin doctors know how to avoid trouble. Even if it does shift, though, it isn’t permanent.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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