The benefits of using hyaluronic acid include adding volume to thin or dry areas of the skin, especially in the lips, according to WebMD. It is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, furrows and wrinkles.
A dermatologist or plastic surgeon uses fine needle syringes to inject hyaluronic acid into areas of the face that need treating, notes MedicineNet.com. The procedure is done in the doctor's office and usually takes no more than 30 minutes, depending on the number of wrinkles and the depth of the wrinkles, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Afterwards, the patient may apply ice to her face to reduce any swelling or discomfort. The patient may need to return for multiple sessions, and the results of the hyaluronic acid injections can last up to five months.
Hyaluronic acid is also used during cataract surgery, retina repair, corneal transplants and to replace the fluids lost during other types of eye surgery, claims WebMD. Though it is used to treat dry eye, its effectiveness is uncertain. It is also used to ease the symptoms of arthritis by being injected into the affected joint or taken orally. Hyaluronic acid has also been seen to be effective in treating mouth sores.