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Beat Dry Winter Lips with HA Fillers

Winter weather can be harsh on your skin. Although many patients know to revisit their daily skin care routine as the seasons change, few know about the importance of winter lip care. Neglecting this sensitive area of your skin can lead to unpleasant and painfully chapped lips. Instead of overapplying lip balm, which can further exacerbate your symptoms, hyaluronic acid fillers may be a better answer

What Causes Chapped Lips?

Chapped or cracked lips in the winter can be attributed to several key factors like changes in the weather and the environment. While summer weather may be warm and humid, winter weather is a stark contrast. Low to no moisture in the air, combined with the harsh effects of the sun and other environmental factors can have an intense drying effect on your lips. While the skin on the rest of your body can respond by increasing oil production, your lips don’t have oil glands, meaning they will dry out faster. Indoors, steady heater use without a humidifier can have a similar effect on your lips, leaving them vulnerable to chapping and cracking.

In addition to environmental damage, our behavior can also contribute to dry lips. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet that isn’t high in salt can be difficult around the winter months when hot beverages and heavy comfort food become dietary staples. As a result, not drinking enough water and adopting a salt-heavy diet can also contribute to developing dry, chapped lips.

Treating Chapped Lips with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Most patients are familiar with hyaluronic acid fillers as the secret to smoother skin and fuller lips. However, the same ingredient that causes the plumping and smoothing effect of fillers on the skin is also responsible for making them effective treatments for dry, chapped lips.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps skin cells retain moisture. Over time, environmental factors and the aging process can outpace hyaluronic acid production, accelerating the development of fine lines and wrinkles. When used to treat these cosmetic flaws, hyaluronic acid fillers help add volume to the treatment area by helping skin cells retain water. Combined with collagen production stimulation, patients are left with naturally full looking skin that is conveniently well hydrated.

Using hyaluronic acid for chapped lips has several important advantages. First, the injectable helps especially vulnerable cells stay moisturized despite changes in weather and other factors. Secondly, the temporary results make it an attractive option that doesn’t require frequent touch-ups. Most hyaluronic fillers last about six months and gradually dissipate into the skin, making it a discreet option for patients who aren’t looking to enhance their pout year-round. Finally, the minimal treatment time and ease of application make dermal fillers an excellent option for busy patients who don’t have the time to spend constantly monitoring their lips for the slightest chap or crack. Dermal fillers allow patients to complete treatment and get back to their schedule without interruption or retreatment until the spring.

Restore Your Smile Today!

At Aria DermSpa, hyaluronic dermal fillers are an excellent solution for patients looking for a simple solution that ends unpleasant and unflattering chapped lips. To learn more about this non-invasive procedure, call our Madison, CT plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation!

 

Everything You Need to Know about Hyaluronic Acid

As cosmetic dermatology becomes more advanced, more procedures are shifting to the use of naturally-occurring substances and compounds. In recent years, hyaluronic acid has gained traction, thanks to its inclusion in many popular and effective skin rejuvenation treatments. If you’re in the process of weighing your non-surgical rejuvenation options, chances are you’ve heard of this substance. But how much do you know about this hyaluronic acid or its benefits?

Back to Basics: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, commonly abbreviated as HA or called hyaluronan, is a naturally produced substance present throughout the body, including the face, eyes, and joints. Due to its high concentration in areas that require substantial lubrication, HA has been used for a number of non-cosmetic purposes; patients with osteoarthritis may be prescribed hyaluronic acid for pain relief while HA has also been approved for use during eye surgeries like cataract removal to replace natural fluids.

HA’s success in lubricated skin is thanks to its chemical makeup. HA is unique in that it helps retain moisture. By some estimates, one gram of hyaluronic acid can retain up to 1000 mL of water. Based on the environment, the compound may adjust to account for humidity and environmental pollutants. When it comes to dermatology, these capabilities are especially valuable when trying to diminish the impact of aging.

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Improve Skin?

As our skin ages, it loses the ability to retain moisture.  Exposure to the sun, poor air quality or pollution, and other factors can also accelerate the aging process. Over time, constant exposure causes a noticeable loss of skin quality. As patients reach this stage, they find their skin looks less taut, is less pliable, and begins to lose its volume. Combined with slowing or stalled collagen production, individuals facing the consequences of aging can experience rapid premature aging where wrinkles seemingly set in overnight. For these individuals, retaining moisture isn’t enough – they also need an effective means of restoring the underlying collagen structure. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in.

Hyaluronic Acid in Cosmetic Treatments: Injectables

Hyaluronic acid tackles the problem of declining skin quality head-on by bringing much-needed hydration to the targeted area. When injected into skin via dermal filler or applied topically in a lotion, the compound helps reduce epidermis water loss in spite of aging or sun exposure.

Hyaluronic acid is popularly used for treating wrinkles and rejuvenating aging skin through dermal filler injections. Injectables like Juvéderm® and Restylane® rely on the compound’s unique ability to retain moisture to help add volume to areas where collagen production has stalled or stopped completely. Each of these cosmetic treatments uniquely leverages hyaluronic acid to address specific facial issues. For example, while Juvéderm® XC and Juvéderm® Vollure XC are used to target moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folders, Restylane® can be used to improve volume in delicate areas like the lips and under the eyes.

At Aria DermSpa, we recognize how unique our patients are. As a result, our Madison, CT dermatologist offers several popular hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler options to address the diverse concerns of our patients. During your consultation, Dr. Donofrio will evaluate your current skin quality and facial condition to determine which option is the right one to help you reach your cosmetic goals.

Explore Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers in Madison, CT

When it comes to choosing the right cosmetic treatment to enhance your appearance, choose one that offers proven success. Find your right solution by calling 203-421-6674 today and scheduling your consultation with our Madison cosmetic dermatologist.

 

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