As a naturally based biological material, hyaluronic acid (HA) is similar to your body’s natural HA. In fact, it’s so similar you won’t need a skin test prior to treatment. The procedure involves small series of injections under the skin, either to fill lines or to increase facial volume, where the deeper layers of the skin are injected.
Immediately after treatment it is perfectly normal to experience temporary minor stinging, sometimes moderate redness and swelling. Bruising can also happen. Recovery may take a few hours to a few days, depending on the area treated and the type of filler used. Most people find that they can return to work or go about their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
How long will it last?
The product typically lasts between 12 to 18 months, in some cases, however, it has lasted up to 2 to 3 years.
I don’t want the ‘chipmunk cheeks’ look
Most patients want to look younger, fresher and of course more attractive. They are very happy with their looks and they don’t want to change them. Our main priority is to maintain your face shape and proportions. We look at the whole face, not just the problem area – which is why to lift your cheeks, we may inject your temple. If the problem area is treated in isolation, that is when you get a person looking ‘done’ but not necessarily better.
Unfortunately any promising procedure that delivers amazing results is prone to be hijacked by the cosmetic junkies who will find a practitioner to supply them with even larger amounts of the stuff. In the end they are unable to see themselves, after all beauty is addictive. It is not the product or the procedure that makes people look funny, it is their need for more, that eventually makes faces look pumped.