What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a term that is mentioned frequently in the media, in advertisements and in medical guides. But what is hyaluronic acid and why is this active agent so much talked of? At this point, we want to provide some background information to contribute to a better understanding of the effect and the possibilities of hyaluronic compounds.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the body.
This fact is very important: it makes clear that hyaluronic acid is not just any foreign matter that is supposed to achieve a specific effect in the body. A treatment with hyaluronic acid is meant to replace natural tissue compounds that decrease over the course of a lifetime. Hyaluronic acid is found in the connective tissue of many body parts and fulfills important tasks. Different features of this substance are responsible for its major importance within the organism.
Vital in joints and skin
The main feature of hyaluronic acid is the ability to bind large amounts of water. One gram of hyaluronic acid can store up to six liters of water. An example: The vitreous body of the human eye consists of 2% hyaluronic acid and 98% water. This ability of hyaluronic acid provides sufficient fluid for the entire body. As mentioned above for example in the eye, in joints and up to intervertebral discs. Hyaluronic acid is also extremely important for the skin. Firm, juvenile skin contains sufficient moisture provided by a high amount of hyaluronic acid.
In the course of the years, the amount of hyaluronic acid inside the human body decreases – hence medical and aesthetical problems arise. Modern medicine can balance the lack of hyaluronic acid in many cases, even though research is still at its very beginning.
Hyaluronic acid products are already used in medical applications for:
- Arthrosis: Hyaluronic acid is injected inside joints where it takes effect as “shock absorber”
- Dry eye: Eye drops against the dry eye often contain hyaluronic acid
- Food supplement: preparations to combat joint illnesses contain in same cases hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid in aesthetic medicine
Hyaluronic acid is used for aesthetic medicine since many years. The decrease of hyaluronic acid in the course of life leads to visible skin flaccidity and wrinkles in the face. Preparations with hyaluronic acid are used for the following aesthetical treatments:
- Wrinkle treatment
- Facial modeling
- Skin rejuvenation
Modern wrinkle treatment with hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is fully effective if it penetrates deeply into the skin and if it is applied in high concentration. Thus, creams containing hyaluronic acid are by far not as effective as hyaluronic acid ampules with a concentrate or injections with hyaluronic acid.
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