You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid (HA) before. It’s used in many skincare products, usually to deliver moisturization within the skin, which in turn creates a refreshed and natural look. But beyond this, how does this help you?
Well, perhaps you have fine lines around the mouth, or dehydrated skin and the looks you once had are now fading right before your eyes. Maybe you don’t even have this problems; your skin might just need a hydration kickstart. Fortunately, the beauty industry is moving ever forwards into the future and new solutions are emerging every day.
One such example are skin boosters. These are an alternative designed to prevent premature ageing of our skin, involving microinjections of HA to improve the skin’s firmness, elasticity and overall texture. This may sound drastic considering that HA is naturally present in our bodies but in fact, the quality of HA wanes progressively over the years.
These injections can help to replenish and maintain natural hydration levels from within, compensating for the natural loss of HA. Skin boosters go deep to stimulate the skin and encourage increased production of the skin’s natural moisturizers. Typically, they require three sessions at monthly intervals. Some people, depending on their skin condition, may not even need three sessions. Moreover, they can be done throughout the face— excluding the eye area— neck, upper chest and even hands.
Microinjections of hyaluronic acid can take away years from your face, leaving younger-looking, firm skin.
During each session, the client is administered a series of tiny injections into the underlying layer of the skin. Results are usually seen right after the first session. The face becomes supple which can take away years, lending a youthful appearance. After two to three sessions, the complexion looks more radiant and the skin becomes firmer. This final result can be maintained for up to nine months.
This nudges the skin into the right direction for a glowing, youthful appearance although it still ultimately depends on each person. An unhealthy lifestyle such as an unbalanced diet, smoking or prolonged sun exposure can still affect the skin’s appearance and quality.
Furthermore, the effect is subtle and gradual, with minimal side effects. At most, there will be temporary bruising, redness and tenderness. Pin-prick marks may occur as well. As for downtime, it is best to have each session a week before any important events.
For those who are squeamish, not to worry. The microinjections are shallow and performed with fine needles, causing merely hints of discomfort. If the thought of a needle still seems daunting, an anaesthetizing cream can be applied before treatment.
Of course, each person is different and it is still best to consult your healthcare professional to discuss treatment risks and individual skin conditions for suitability.
If skin boosters sound like they’re right up your alley and you want to give them a try, there are a variety of them readily available in the market. Brands like Restylane, Juvederm and Teosyal have skin boosters that promises undeniable results. The price range is approximately MYR 1999 and above per session, although it may vary from one clinic to the next. These prices are for reference only, although you’ll have to be careful if the prices sound too good to be true.
Restylane Skin Boosters is just one of the several brands out there on the market. Research to find more so you know what's going into your body.
With such high prices, of course, it’s important to know that you’re getting your money’s worth. For starters, you should get an experienced professional who has worked extensively with skin boosters. Not injecting deep enough can result in disappointment. Injecting too deeply into the skin is the same.
Plus, Juvederm and Restylane are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so you can rest assured that the prices aren’t marked up just for profit. Some clients even state that Juvederm gives the skin a smoother feel compared to Restylane, probably due to the higher concentration of HA. But for the most part, there are no significant differences between brands.
With all that being said, skin boosters are definitely beneficial for the skin, as the results can be wonderful when done right. It allows the client to regain their youth, without drastically altering their overall appearance.