Hyaluronic acid: the risks and contraindications of the product that has become a hit against wrinkles

  • André Biernath – @andre_biernath
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Injection of hyaluronic acid near a woman's forehead

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Hyaluronic acid injections help fill in layers of skin that thin over the years

Over the past few decades, the search for a face free of wrinkles and other signs of aging has made a strong ally: hyaluronic acid, a substance that can be applied to the inner layers of the skin to promote hydration, filling and giving the desired contours in the skin, chin, cheeks, lips and eyelids.

One of the stars of the popular “facial harmonization”, the ingredient has become synonymous with beauty products and appears today on the labels of many creams and in advertisements for aesthetic clinics and practices.

But can it be used by everyone? Are there any contraindications and side effects? And what is the difference between creams sold in stores and injections administered in the office?

Understand the main issues related to this product in five points.

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