Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Short Introduction to Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that can relieve or even cure many different afflictions. For the naturopath, cosmetician or plastic surgeon that also has an eye to including non-invasive cosmetic techniques this substance is indispensible.  This acid, that has been in use since 1937, has many different purposes and is a good injectable for treating pain, adding lubrication to dry eyes and stiff joints and mitigating the effects of aging.  It can be used as a filler to smooth out wrinkles as well as an injection to plump up and lift up sagging skin. This remarkable substance also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to it as well.

Hyaluronic Acid is a Natural Substance

Hyaluronic acid, also often called Hyaluronin is not a mysterious or new innovation. It has been used for over fifty years. It is also found naturally in the body of all mammals.

Each person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronic acid in their body per seventy pounds of body weight. Each and every day every human turns over about one-third of the hyaluronic acid that our bodies. When your skin is burned, it is because the body stops producing the acid in response to ultra-violet ray exposure and the tissues stop holding water.

Aside from its cosmetic uses it is also used to treat osteoarthritis, eye surgeries, as lip filler, topically to treat wounds, burns, and skin ulcers. Up until the seventies it had the nickname of the “goo “molecule because it is a lubricant that is similar to synovial fluid (joint fluid). It is a substance that can coat joints and make them mobile again.

 Hyaluronic Acid Benefits for Skin

The reason that it is so successful as filler is because it is a gel-like substance that can hold moisture in place.  However, this almost miraculous injectable is not just about fixing wrinkles. When injected into the skin it also encourages it to produce more collagen. The substance improves the elasticity of the skin as well as calms any anti-inflammatory in the body.

Hyaluronic and Aging

The reason that injections of hyaluronic make sense is because our body makes half as much natural hyaluronic acid as it used to by the time we turn forty. This can make us look older and wrinkled because the acid contains molecules that help the skin retain over 1000 times its weight in water.

Additional Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Other benefits of injecting hyaluronic acid can include speedier wound healing, relief from dry skin, improved muscle strength, and relief from joint pain feeling more alert and more stamina and energy.  It is also used in eye operations to help lubricate eye tissue and in the treatment of gum disease.  It is applied as a gel called Genigel to help treat bleeding gums.  It is also a very versatile all purpose pain reliever that can be injected right into the sites of soreness or stiffness to help restore mobility.

Another great characteristic of Hyaluronic Acid is that there are no known side effects created by the injectable form.



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