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Hi, this is Doctor Parker. A question I get asked about is, what is a dermal filler? And it is hyaluronic acid. Typically, hyaluronic acid is a protein molecule made and broken down by the body throughout your life. It even makes up the gel inside the globe of the eye. It’s also throughout your dermis (i.e. the inner layer of the two main layers of your skin), and it’s in all of your joints. The best thing about hyaluronic acid is it’s one of the only protein molecules in the body that actively binds water. As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid in our dermis, which is why even if you drink a lot of water, sometimes you may be like, “I just don’t understand… My skin just seems dry all the time, even though I’m drinking lots of water.” It’s because as our body ages, you don’t have the hyaluronic acid in your dermis any longer to bind and keep the water there. The way that we use it for a dermal filler is we inject it in a certain area where we want dermal support, meaning we want to support the skin from below, so it can’t cave in as easily, and simultaneously it absorbs water which helps produce the youthful appearance and esthetic results that we want. The unfortunate thing is because it’s just like the hyaluronic acid that your body makes, your body will naturally break it down the same as it does many other cells in our body. So it’s only temporary, however it can provide beautiful and natural-looking results and is non-invasive. And depending on the dermal area injected and the type of dermal filler used, it can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years!

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