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Body Shaping and Volume Restoration: The Role of Hyaluronic Acid


Driven by the rising popularity of minimally invasive techniques, the demand for cosmetic procedures is increasing. Cosmetic body-shaping procedures can be categorized into those that remove tissue and those that add volume. This review focuses on the latter of these categories, particularly on the use of resorbable hyaluronic acid gels specifically developed for minimally invasive volume enhancement. Pilot studies of hyaluronic acid involving its injection to contour various body deformities and its recent use in female breast augmentation are discussed. Injectable hyaluronic acid is effective and well tolerated. It represents an attractive treatment option for volume restoration or augmentation by providing predictable long-lasting results after minimally invasive administration. Alternative treatment options for volume enhancement also are summarized including fat transfer, silicone implants, and the use of injectable nonresorbable products such as silicone, polyalkylimide, and polyacrylamide gels. As patients continue to opt for nonsurgical procedures that offer predictable results, the development of minimally invasive products such as hyaluronic acid is increasingly important.

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Correspondence to Per Hedén.

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Hedén, P., Sellman, G., von Wachenfeldt, M. et al. Body Shaping and Volume Restoration: The Role of Hyaluronic Acid. Aesth Plast Surg 44, 1286–1294 (2020).

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  • Breast augmentation
  • Fat grafts
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Implants
  • Injectable fillers
  • Pilot studies
  • Silicone
  • Surgery alternatives