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Hyaluronic Acid: Serum, Supplements, and Injections

Serum, Supplements, and Injections

Hyaluronic Acid injections, supplements, and topical skin care are all important in order to look youthful and maintain healthy skin. Dr. Rajani discusses what exactly is Hyaluronic Acid, how to use it orally, topically and by injections, and reviews which one is best for you.

What is hyaluronic acid?  Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that attracts water, a humectant that is found in almost every tissue in our body such as the skin and joints. One of the first uses for hyaluronic acid before its use in aesthetics was that it used to be injected in the knees to help cushion joints for those with osteoarthritis.

Topical – Hyaluronic acid attracts water and topical hyaluronic acid products can cost anywhere between $5 to $500.  Topical hyaluronic acid comes in several forms like serums and creams. Serums are known to have better absorption.  There are many products on the market, and Dr. Rajani suggests choosing a pure product that includes Sodium Hyaluronate with multiple particle size.

Oral – Hyaluronic acid also has antioxidant benefits.  There are many supplements out there on the market.  A study in Japan noted that the quality of life of a town in Japan aged well and a diet rich in foods with hyaluronic acid contributed to their longevity, particularly a type of root called the Satoimo. Supplements out on the market can be taken, however, there is no evidence that they actually work as they are broken down in our bodies.  Vegetables with high fiber and hyaluronic acid properties include potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, and peppers.

Mesotherapy – Mesotherapy was initially invented by putting antioxidants and injecting them intradermally into certain areas.  Meso, means middle layer of the skin. In skincare, putting products in the middle layer of skin such as retinol, vitamin C, and trace elements using mesotherapy with devices that we can stamp on the skin is beneficial.  Plasmaboosters with PRF can also be used to inject into the skin for added benefits and hydration.

Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Fillers – Restylane and Juvederm are examples of hyaluronic acid fillers that help draw water and plump the skin.  They can be used deep in the bone, subdermally, or more superficially and can be injected at different levels. Restylane Skinboosters like Vital Light can also be used.  

There are many ways we can use hyaluronic acid to maintain youth.  These therapies include topical products with serums or creams, eating healthy with foods that include antioxidants and hyaluronic acids, mesotherapy, and injections at different levels with cross-linked hyaluronic acids.  Your provider will have your best interest in mind and can recommend which therapy will be best for you.

If you have additional questions about HA injections or any of our procedures and wish to learn more, contact us today at 503.303.8313 and schedule a consultation for the best and most natural treatments Portland has to offer.

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