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Dr. Bill Andriopoulos

Global Head of Medical Affairs – Aesthetics, Galderma

As Derek Zoolander famously says, “moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Despite being a movie quote from a fictional male model, there is some truth — we know hydrated skin is firmer and more radiant, but why? One answer is to look at hyaluronic acid.

Dr. Bill Andriopoulos, Global Head of Medical Affairs in Aesthetics at Galderma, expands on this and how to help your skin regain and maintain a hydrated glow.

Mediaplanet: What is hyaluronic acid?

Dr. Bill Andriopoulos: Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a sugar molecule which is naturally found in our bodies and offers support and structure to our tissues. It is a water-loving substance that has many functions.

How does the level of hyaluronic acid in our bodies change as we age?

As we age, the natural production of HA by our bodies slows down — generally around the age of 25. As HA production slows down our skin can become thinner, dehydrated, and less firm. Essentially our skin loses its radiance and youthful appearance.

At the same time, the natural aging process drives changes to the underlying bone structure of the face, which can lead to a lack of definition in facial contours, such as our cheeks.

As a global leader in skincare, what options does Galderma offer that integrates hyaluronic acid into their products?

One of Galderma’s most exciting options are our Restylane Skinboosters Vital Lidocaine and Vital Light Lidocaine. Although still an injectable treatment, it’s different from dermal fillers which are used to lift, fill, or volumize in facial rejuvenation treatments. Restylane Skinboosters are designed to improve skin elasticity. 

Restylane Skinboosters have a very small particle size and a stabilized hyaluronic acid in the gel. The unique characteristics of the gel help maintain the effect for a long period of time. The treatment requires a series of microinjections and multiple treatments of the soft, gel-like substance (HA) into the skin. The results are clinically proven to restore radiance by improving skin elasticity, plus Restylane Skinboosters Vital Lidocaine also improves skin smoothness and appearance.

Get that radiant-looking skin you can see and feel. Visit Restylane or follow them on Instagram @RestylaneCanada.

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