Knowing the Difference Between Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen-Stimulating Fillers

You know dermal fillers can reduce noticeable signs of aging. But which type is right for you? Hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-stimulating fillers? 

The expert aesthetic providers at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, want to help you understand both hyaluronic acid and collagen-stimulating dermal fillers. Armed with this knowledge, you and your care provider can choose the best dermal filler to treat any lines, creases, or hollowed cheeks. 

What is hyaluronic acid?

While the name may sound a bit scary, hyaluronic acid is nothing to be afraid of. Your body naturally produces this substance to hold onto water to provide much-needed lubrication for your eyes, joints, and skin. 

The water-binding power of hyaluronic acid is so great, it’s frequently used as a treatment for joint pain. It’s also the main ingredient in many anti-aging and moisturizing creams, lotions, and serums as well as popular dermal fillers. 

What is collagen?

Collagen is another substance naturally produced by your body. This protein works to create strong, sturdy fibers that make up most of the connective tissue in your body. 

In addition to protecting your organs, keeping your bones and joints strong, and ensuring your nails and hair are healthy, collagen plays an important role in your skin’s health and appearance. Collagen works to regenerate the top layer of your skin to repair damage — including damage from aging — making it a key ingredient in several anti-aging products, including dermal fillers.  

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected just below your skin’s surface. They’re designed to smooth wrinkles and restore your skin’s volume that can diminish as you age. These minimally invasive treatments are becoming more and more popular every year. 

Fillers can be used in different places to achieve different effects. When injected at your lip line, dermal fillers can smooth creases. When used in your cheeks, they can bring back youthful fullness. They can also target lines around your mouth and nose. 

The best part? Since most dermal fillers are created from substances your body naturally produces, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen, they’re safe to use and have minimal side effects. It’s important, however, to seek treatment from trained experts, such as the ones at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers. 

Why are hyaluronic acid fillers the fillers of choice?

Hyaluronic acid fillers, like those in the Juvéderm® and Belotero® families, are the fillers of choice for many doctors, thanks to hyaluronic acid’s unique ability to store moisture. In addition to filling lines and adding plumpness back to your face, these fillers can give your skin a youthful, hydrated look while replenishing your body’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid. Some research has even indicated that hyaluronic acid fillers can also stimulate collagen production.

Once you and your provider have selected a filler, the injections can be performed in the office. Side effects from hyaluronic acid and collagen fillers are rare, but the most common ones are temporary redness, bruising, swelling, or bumps at the injection site.

If you’re ready to regain your youthful appearance, the team at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers can help. To learn more about dermal fillers, book an appointment over the phone today.

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