Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in our body in various parts where is fulfills several functions vital to the functioning of those parts and a coordinated functioning of our body as a whole. The following parts are the most crucial parts where Hyaluronic acid is present in the human body
More than half of all the Hyaluronic acid present in our body is present in our skin. The skin has various layers, and Hyaluronic acid is present in both, the upper, protective layers and the deeper, softer and more significant layers. It keeps fine lines at bay as it repairs the collagen that is vital for our skin. These properties also make it the primary step of the skin care routines of beauty bloggers, makeup gurus, dermatologists and so on. It has healing properties, so it is also responsible for the healing of scars, burn marks, and other wounds.
With the passing of age, the quality of skin declines, due to the body’s inability to continue to produce Hyaluronic acid, which leads to a brittle skin, which perpetually loses its elasticity, plumpness, and moisture. This is followed by the appearance of wrinkles, and other signs of aging like crow’s feet, smile lines, etc. The moisturizers, serums, lotions and other application-based products that are used for giving back the Hyaluronic acid that it lost to the skin may be helpful to an extent, but not entirely, as it doesn’t solve the exact purpose that it was intended to solve. Hyaluronic acid is a water loving substance, so much so that a gram of Hyaluronic acid can hold up to one liter of it, but it also has large molecules that cannot be expected to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. So the molecules stay on the skin, attract moisture from the atmosphere and satiate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines in the process.
However, if the climate is extremely dry, the Hyaluronic acid molecules will still pull moisture, if not from the atmosphere, then from the inner layers of the skin, making it drier, since now it is not just the outer layers that are dry, but the very base of skin also loses moisture. In such cases, people have started to opt for Hyaluronic acid injections, that are sure not just to penetrate deep into the skin, and provide not just moisture, but also reduce the other signs of aging for up to a year! The injections containing Hyaluronic acid cost about 500-600 dollars, which may sound too much at first, but when compared to the amount that we start spending on creams and cosmetics when our age starts to reflect on our faces, it is quite reasonable. Hyaluronic acid is popularly marketed as the ‘fountain of youth'.
The scalp is more similar to the skin than we realize. One of the few differences between them is the presence of hair follicles on the scalp, which leads to the growth of hair. If Hyaluronic acid is present on the scalp in abundance, it will prevent a dry, flaky head, which will be dandruff free and lustrous hair will grow out.
The eye can suffer from various diseases that require the sufferer to go through surgeries, like dry eyes, glaucoma, detached retina, cataract removal, cornea transplant and injuries in the eye. At these times, doctors use Hyaluronic acid injections to maintain the shape of the eye and to enable it to bear the shock. The liquid present in our eye that acts as its shock absorber and enables it to function properly is also constituted mainly of Hyaluronic acid. When the eye is so important in allowing us to see the world around us, Hyaluronic acid cost does not seem to be too unreasonable.
Hyaluronic acid is most useful in our joints. In joints, it performs the same function that lubricants perform in the engines of vehicles, i.e. of absorbing shock, reducing friction and facilitating movement. Thus, when people develop diseases like osteoarthritis, they find movement painful. The disease is also known as ‘wear and tear’ disease, as it increases the friction in the joints, leading to the wear and tear of bones and cartilages, which cause to immense pain and suffering. When patients can no longer bear this pain, and doctors are unable to curb it even through pain killers, they then resort to Hyaluronic acid injections, where the injections are injected directly into the patient’s affected joint and are expected to ease the pain for up to a year. However, sometimes patients do not see any improvement in the pain as the results of Hyaluronic acid are unpredictable.
Hyaluronic acid is also present in the soft tissue in our mouth, which connects our jaw bone with our teeth. As the Hyaluronic acid in the tissue declines, the gums start to loosen, and teeth begin to fall out. Here too, Hyaluronic acid injections are used in surgeries and other procedures so that the patient may keep his teeth for a longer duration.
Hyaluronic acid injections have also proved themselves to be useful elements during plastic surgeries and are often injected directly into the lips as lip fillers. The injection of Hyaluronic acid cost just about the same even during procedures and have been used by many celebrities and common people to get the appearance they want.
Although Hyaluronic acid costs are not much when compared to the many functions it fulfills, pregnant and nursing women need to be cautious when they use Hyaluronic acid, as the complete side effects of Hyaluronic acid have not as yet been studied. We know for a fact that Hyaluronic Acid is useful only in delaying the process of aging or the pain that is caused in the knees, but its long-term effects remain unknown and undiscovered. There are many symptoms that it perhaps causes, but the general public is as yet unaware of them.
Also, the effects it may leave on the milk of a nursing mother have not been studied at all, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Even in the joints, it often leads to redness in the injected area and pain for a couple of days; that is caused as a part of the process of the body adapting to the medicine.