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2005-01-13 / Women's

Hyaluronic Acid And The Skinny On Nonsurgical Wrinkle Treatments

(NAPSI)-Wrinkles on your face may someday be old news. That’s because doctors say they now have a better understanding of what causes skin to age and change with time. Perhaps that’s one reason Americans have been spending more time with their dermatologists and plastic surgeons. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, seven million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in 2003, up 43 percent from 2002.

One of the latest breakthroughs in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments is a new injectable gel called hylaform. It was recently approved by the FDA, but has been used in countries around the world since 1996. The gel has become one of the most popular wrinkle-removing options among consumers.

The treatment involves injecting a clear, colorless gel made from purified hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance found in the body) just under the skin’s surface. The gel delivers nutrients and hydrates the skin to “plump” a targeted area and temporarily remove wrinkles.

Because hyaluronic acid is naturally present in human skin, hylaform does not require a pre-treatment skin test. Doctors say it provides immediate, natural-looking results. Common side effects such as swelling and redness are said to be mild and treatment and recovery time usually takes about an hour.

“Research has helped us better understand the aging process. We now know that the loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid contributes to looking older,” explains Dr. Leslie Baumann, associate professor and chief of the division of Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of Miami. “Collagen gives skin its strength and support. Hyaluronic acid, such as hylaform, adds volume while reducing the visual effects of damaging skin.”

Other non-surgical wrinkle treatments recently approved by the FDA allow consumers to replenish both the collagen and hyaluronic acid lost with aging. Key among these are CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast human collagen-based dermal fillers, the first fillers that do not require a skin test, approved in March 2003.

“In my experience, hyaluronic acid in combination with human collagen provides the best aesthetic results,” says Dr. Baumann. “Overall, the more product options patients have, the better their results will be.”

New nonsurgical cosmetic procedures can help people say goodbye to wrinkles.

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