As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin, eyes, and connective tissue of humans and other animals. It plays a role in lubrication, inflammation, and wound healing. Orthopedists often use hyaluronic acid injections in the joints to lessen symptoms of osteoarthritis, but hyaluronic acid also has additional medical applications, including as a facial filler. In fact, hyaluronic acid is one of the most common active ingredients in facial fillers today due to its filling and contouring properties and safety record. We believe it is an essential component of the best dermal fillers in Boston.
At The Dermatology Institute of Boston, we employ hyaluronic acid in a variety of facial areas for a fuller, younger appearance. These areas include the following:
Although it is referred to as the best wrinkle filler, hyaluronic acid does more than simply fill in lines and wrinkles. Its rejuvenation effects are due to its 3D contouring properties, allowing a skilled dermatologist to “mold” the face into a noticeably younger appearance. The results appear natural and not abnormally tightened or puffy, as is sometimes the case with surgical facelifts.
Your face will not appear “paralyzed” with hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatment. These dermal fillers can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage or the normal aging process.
At The Dermatology Institute of Boston, we use a natural approach with dermal fillers. We don’t want you to look puffy or overdone, we want you to look like a refreshed version of yourself. We believe in a natural look and conservative approach to fillers.
Hyaluronic acid is the most widely used dermal filler in Boston and around the world for good reason. It is biocompatible, meaning it rarely causes inflammation or is rejected by the body. In fact, hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is associated with far fewer complications than other types of fillers such as calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-L lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate or autologous fat injection. Finally, hyaluronic acid injections are reversible! In the rare event of an unwanted outcome with a hyaluronic acid filler, we can inject hyaluronidase, an enzyme that will breaks down the hyaluronic acid filler in just a matter of days. This way, you can feel safe doing a hyaluronic acid filler knowing that it is reversible.
The RHA Collection is a family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers made to the highest standards that come with proven results. Other hyaluronic acid fillers contain hyaluronic acid that is derived from animals. The RHA Collection does not contain animal products but uses a form of synthetic hyaluronic acid that closely mimics the type found in your skin. These dermal fillers are the first fillers approved by the FDA for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles.
The RHA Collection is comprised of three fillers: RHA 2 for moderate dynamic wrinkles and folds, RHA 3 for moderate to severe issues, and RHA 4 for severe wrinkles and folds. So, how can you tell if your lines and wrinkles are moderate or severe? Don’t worry. Your dermatologist is here to help. They will advise you regarding the best product for your condition and goals. They will also let you know if you would be better served by a different treatment, such as Botox, Dysport, laser or microneedling.
If you are an adult and have concerns about lines, wrinkles, or folds on your face, treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers may be right for you. You should not have any active skin conditions or infections in the area to be treated. Also, let your dermatologist know about any medical conditions or medications, vitamins, and supplements that you take. You should be certain to inform your dermatologist if you regularly take aspirin or any blood thinner as this may make you more likely to bruise following the injections.
The dermal filler process is straightforward and can usually be done in a 15 minute appointment. You may receive a numbing cream on your face before your treatment to make the process more comfortable. The procedure itself will only take a few minutes, and you will see immediate results with RHA products.
Some patients experience bruising and swelling in the treated area for a few days. These issues often resolve on their own, and you will then be able to better appreciate the improvement.
If you’d like to schedule a consult for RHA dermal fillers, contact our office today!
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.