Hyaluronic acid injections
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a molecule which occurs naturally in the body. The body makes about 5 grams of it each day to renew skin tissues.
Properties of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is very fluid and is easy to place. The injection easily distributes the product into the treated area all at once. Thanks to its soft texture which makes it very malleable, the doctor can massage the HA to put it firmly in place without it being painful for the patient.
A 100% natural product
Hyaluronic acid is obtained through biotechnological processes: microorganisms are cultivated in fermentors and produce the HA molecule naturally. The synthesis product thus obtained is identical to that produced by the body. There is therefore no risk of allergy.
HA is completely resorbing
Its lifetime is between 6 to 15 months depending on the case. So that the effect does not completely disappear, it is advisable to repeat the injection after 9 to 12 months. This more often than not makes it possible to reinject less than the first time since a small amount still remains.
Categories of hyaluronic acids
Several factors influence the duration of the results and the volumising effect.
The degree of elasticity and viscosity
To increase the elasticity and viscosity of the gel, the HA molecules are linked together by a crosslinking agent, which is usually BDDE (1,4 butanediol diglycidyl ether). The greater the degree of crosslinking, the longer the effect will last (6 to 15 months).
The particle size
The calibration of the particle size is used to alter the dispersibility of the product in the different layers of the skin. The bigger the particle size is, the more significant the volumising effect will be.
Is HA compatible with other injection products?
Yes, with botox products, as these are two different molecules that do not interact with each other.
Yes, with Radiesse.
No, with all products such as Aquamid, Outline, Artecoll, collagen and silicone which were used a lot a few years ago. We stopped as there were some rather serious complications in certain patients (granulomas, necrosis). These products are normally absorbable after 2 to 3 years, but some residue may still remain. Hyaluronic acid may therefore awaken the active ingredient of these products and the complications that come with it.
No, with Bio-Alcamid, a volumising product which remains almost permanently.
We can fill in wrinkles, plump up the lips, enhance the quality of the skin or correct small imperfections on the nose or chin. After an injection, there is mild oedema for a few hours and bruising for a few days.
As we get older, the production rate of HA in the body decreases, which explains the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
Wrinkles give the face a sad or tired appearance.
HA is used to fill in deep wrinkles: nasolabial folds, marionette lines, wrinkles on the upper lip, etc.
We can treat a wrinkle in isolation when it is a small defect which is not very marked. After the age of 40, it is better to consider the face as a whole, because filling in the wrinkle alone will make the fat melt more visible, which leads to sagging skin.
Restoring facial volume
Over time, the skin undergoes changes related to bone mass and skin texture changes, which decreases volume and creates sagging skin.
Volumising HA is used for a medical facelift at the temples, sunken dark circles, cheekbones, cheeks and the facial contours.
Correcting nose and chin imperfections
Volumising HAs can also be injected into all the small surface areas of the nose and the chin.
Small cosmetic defects on the nose may be improved without the need for surgery.
The doctor can :
- Make bumps fade.
- Improve the tip of the nose.
- Fill the hollow between the nose and forehead.
- Correct surgical rhinoplasty.
For minor chin corrections, a HA injection is sufficient for :
- Correcting a slightly receding chin.
- Filling in a chin fold.
Making the lips fuller
Over time, the lips tend to dry naturally or lose volume, which gives them a thinner appearance and a less sharp definition.
As skin of the lips is very fragile, the effects of ageing may be seen earlier if they are not moisturised properly.
HA injections help to :
- Reshape the outline of the mouth to sublimate the definition and line of the lips.
- Redefine the philtrum area (the Cupid's bow).
- Increase the volume of the lips for better symmetry.
- Moisturise the lips.
Clearing signs of fatigue
The facial skin can soon become marked if you have a hectic or unusual lifestyle. From 30 years old, the skin takes longer to recover. It is therefore necessary to give it appropriate treatment and keep all of its vitality.
It is possible to remove signs of tiredness using Perlane injections and :
- Tighten enlarged pores.
- Refresh a dull complexion.
- Clear sunken eyes.
- Moisturise dry skin.
Restoring instant radiance to the skin
Hyaluronic acid in the form of Skinbooster restores instant radiance treats exposed and sensitive areas such as the face, lips, neck, neckline and hands.
Action in young people :
- Prevents skin ageing.
- Makes the skin more toned.
- Delays the appearance of the first signs of wrinkles.
Action in older people :
- Stimulates weakened skin.
- Repairs the damage of time.
It is possible to rejuvenate back of the hands, restore volume to the buttocks or calves and treat certain intimate areas such as the penis or G spot.
Except for the hands, injections in the body are done under local anaesthetic as an outpatient in a small surgery unit. The follow-up is slight swelling and bruising for a few days.
Rejuvenating the back of the hands
Skin on the hands is extremely thin and has few oil glands that encourage hydration. Exposed to external aggressions like the sun, cold and household products, the hands weaken from the forties. They become dry and lose tone.
Thanks to the HA the bones, veins and tendons on the back of the hands become less visible.
Shaping the buttocks
A volumising hyaluronic acid created especially for the body helps to :
- Sculpt the curve of the hollow under the hip.
- Make flat buttocks rounder.
The doctor injects the product into the gluteus maximus area to give roundness or into the hollow below the hip to shape the curve. The patient must avoiding sitting down in the 3 days following the procedure so as not to move the product and to avoid pain.
Sculpting the calves
Calf muscles which are too thin (matchstick legs) are those whose muscles are underdeveloped. Then there is an imbalance between the quite shapely thighs and the legs, which are too thin. This restores relief to the calf muscles to reshape the lower legs.
Foot lifts strengthen the shock absorber role of the pads located at the front of the foot. Women can thus wear high heels without feeling any discomfort or pain.
Reshaping the private parts
Hyaluronic acid is also used in the intimate areas in both men and women.
Penoplasty in men
The doctor can perform medical penoplasty by injecting HA to increase the circumference of the penis by 2 to 3 cm which, visually, is almost double.
The G spot in women
The G spot is amplified in order to help stimulate this area during sexual intercourse and to facilitate vaginal pleasure.
Hyaluronic acid injection prices
|Indications||Prices including VAT*|
|Filling wrinkles: nasolabial folds, marionette lines, wrinkles around the mouth||
Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Smile, Emervel Classic, Emervel Touch, Emervel Deep
|Restore volume to the face: temples, sunken dark circles, cheeks, facial contours.||
Juvederm Voluma, Emervel Voluma, Redensity Eyes
|Making the lips fuller||
Restylane Volume Lips, Juvederm Ultra Smile, Emervel Lips
|Hydrating the skin||
Restylane Vital, Restylane Vital Light, Juvederm Hydrate
|Give the skin instant radiance||
|Treating skin photoaging||
|G spot amplification||Glytone : €700 to €1500|
|Penis thickening||Glytone : €2,500 to €4,500|
|Consultation||Prices including VAT*|
|Consultation with the doctor||€50|
* 20% VAT