Overhauling Your Look

Are Calcium Hydroxylapatite Injections Right For You?

When you hear the words "cosmetic injections," you may initially think of hyaluronic acid and collagen injection. Indeed, these injections have their place, and both are quite popular. But they are not the only cosmetic injections on the market. Another type of cosmetic injection worth looking into is calcium hydroxylapatite, or CaHA. Here's a closer look at CaHA injections and how they work.

What is CaHA?

Of course, you would not want to have anything injected into your body without first understanding what the substance actually is. In this case, CaHA is a substance found naturally in your body. It's actually found in high concentrations in your bones, although smaller amounts are naturally found in your skin and collagen. Because CaHA is naturally found in your body, it is said to be biocompatible. In other words, your body reacts well to it, and there is little danger of adverse reactions.

How does CaHA improve your appearance?

CaHA helps areas that are looking loose, saggy, or wrinkly look tighter, taut, and toned. It does this in two ways. First, the preparation simply takes up space below and within your skin. It adds volume to the area, stretching the skin a little tighter. Second, the CaHA helps stimulate your skin's production of collagen. Collagen is a protein found naturally in skin that gives it a tight, toned appearance. Your body naturally makes less collagen as you age, but CaHA injections can help boost production levels back up again.

Where can CaHA be used?

CaHA can be used on most areas of the face where wrinkles, fine lines, and folds are common. Patients often get it to ease nasolabial folds, which are the deep wrinkles between the nose and mouth. It's also commonly used under the jaw and chin. It's not a great choice for lines really close to the eyes and mouth as it adds a lot of volume and can make these delicate areas look too toned.

How long do the results last?

This varies by patient, but most people get about 12 months out of a round of injections. As soon as you start noticing that your wrinkles and folds are returning, you can return to your practitioner for another round of CaHA shots. 

CaHA is biocompatible, rather safe, and quite popular. It can be a really great choice for patients dealing with wrinkles and folds, especially in the chin and under the nose.