Skin boosters are non-surgical aesthetic treatments that improve the overall quality of the skin.
They can have a positive impact on the texture, elasticity, hydration, and radiance of the skin. Additionally, they can help with skin changes associated with ageing, such as sagging.
While there are many different types and brands of skin boosters, Redensity 1 by Teoxane Laboratories and Profhilo by the IBSA group are widely used.
The medical aesthetician at Longevita also mainly uses these.
What Is A Skin Booster?
An injectable skin booster primarily uses hyaluronic acid to improve the appearance of the skin.
However, sometimes, they are combined with other ingredients like antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and coenzymes to further enhance the strength of these boosters.
They can help with a number of skin issues, including:
- Photoaging (sun damage)
- Acne scars
- Smoke-damaged skin
- Loss of elasticity
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Keep in mind, however, skin boosters are only injectables. They can’t address skin issues like surgical treatments.
Popular Brands of Skin Boosters
These are the popular skin boosters that are commonly used by Longevita’s aesthetician:
Teosyal ® Puresense Redensity 1
Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in Redensity 1, but it also contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Since it’s a non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid, it’s quite runny. It doesn’t stay in place, which is why it doesn’t have a volumising effect. But it can give your skin a facial-like glow.
However, it’s not just used on the face. Rendensity 1 skin booster is also used to treat the neck, hands, and decolletage.
Profhilo is another type of skin booster. It’s made of pure hyaluronic. And according to its manufacturers, it has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid on the market.
In addition to plumping up the skin, it also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Because of that, Profhilo also has the ability to tighten and lift the skin.
Like Redensity, it can be used to treat the face, neck, hands, and decolletage in addition to arms, knees, and abdomen.
How Much Are Skin Boosters In London?
Skin boosters cost an average of £350 per session in London. Typically, 2-3 sessions of these injections are recommended. So, the total cost can be up to £1,100.
Prices can further vary depending on the number of areas that you’re getting treatment for.
Additionally, keep in mind that some clinics charge extra for consultation, medications, and aftercare. So, make sure to factor in those costs as well.
What Do Skin Boosters Do?
Different skin boosters address different skin concerns. However, their main goal is to improve the quality of the skin.
As far as Redensity 1 skin booster is concerned, it’s suitable for those who:
- Are between the age of 20 and 50.
- Want to refresh and rejuvenate their skin.
- Want to hydrate their skin.
- Want their skin to glow and radiate.
- Want to treat old acne scars.
Profhilo, on the other hand, is more suited for those who:
- Want to tighten and lift their skin.
- Want to get rid of deep lines on face.
- Have aged, sun-damaged skin.
- Want to minimise the appearance of acne scars.
- Want to mask rosacea.
- Have mild jowls.
- Have marionette lines.
- Have crepey skin.
- Want to improve skin laxity.
Men and women of all ages can get this skin booster injection.
Contraindications For Skin Boosters
Skin boosters are contraindicated for those who:
- Are pregnant.
- Are lactating.
- Have immune system problems.
- Have an infection.
- Have uncontrolled diabetes.
- Are allergic to any of the compounds in the formulation.
Your practitioner will assess you before administering these injections.
Am I Suitable For Skin Boosters?
What to Think About Before You Have Skin Boosters?
For getting any kind of skin booster, it’s important to find an experienced and licensed medical aesthetician.
That’s because while the procedure looks simple enough, it’s quite technique-sensitive. The depth and the angle of the injection have to be just right for you to see any results.
So, make sure to ask about the qualifications and relevant training of your practitioner. Also, you need to find out if they’re administering the injections in a CQC-registered clinic.
Additionally, you should ask about all the possible risks and complications of the skin booster treatment. You should also learn about the brand of skin booster that your practitioner is using and why.
How Best to Prepare for Skin Booster Treatment?
Before having these injections, your practitioner will ask you to stop the intake of any painkillers or omega-3s 48 hours before the treatment. That’s because these can increase the risk of bruising.
They might, however, recommend you take Arnica tablets, as these can help control bruising from the injections.
Other than that, just make sure to remove any accessories near the site of the injection and keep the skin clean.
What Is The Procedure For Skin Boosters?
Depending on the kind of skin booster you’re getting, the procedure can slightly vary.
For Redensity 1, your practitioner will first apply a numbing cream so you don’t feel any pain. And per session, 2ml of the solution is injected into the skin.
Although if you’re getting Profhilo, numbing cream is not recommended. There’s no lidocaine in the injection, either.
However, since there are fewer injections in total, the pain is tolerable. In total, there are 5 specific injection points on the face (each side) for this skin booster. These are as follows:
- Zygomatic (cheek) arch
- Infraorbital region
- In front of the tragus
- In front of the corner of the mandible
- Chin (in specific divisions)
First, your skin will be cleaned with a special cleanser. Then about 2 ml is injected into each injection point.
How Do Skin Boosters Work?
Skin boosters mainly work the way they do because of hyaluronic acid.
It’s a hydrophilic polysaccharide that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Essentially, it acts like a sponge that collects water in the skin. As a result, it’s moisturised and plumped up.
It can also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which is how it has the capacity to lift the skin.
Hyaluronic is even naturally produced by the body and found in the joints, eyes and skin. So it’s safe when injected.
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Recovery And Result Of Skin Booster Injections
Skin boosters don’t have any downtime. You can get back to work right after getting these injections.
You will, however, have some temporary swelling after the treatment. This swelling can even make it look like your skin is glowing. And some people do mistake it for the final results.
But this swelling will go down after 2-3 days. Also, your skin will start to tighten after about 3 weeks, which is when you’ll notice any actual change.
How Long Do Skin Boosters Take To Work?
Patients are usually recommended 2-3 sessions of skin boosters, each 1 month apart. You will notice a change in your skin 20 days after the first session.
But you’ll see the actual result after the second session. So, you need to wait till then.
How Long Do Skin Boosters Last?
Skin boosters like Redensity 1 and Profhilo last for as long as 6 months. Their effects are not permanent.
You’ll be recommended more treatment sessions if you want to maintain the results.
Aftercare Of Skin Booster Injections
On the day you get the injections, you’ll be advised to avoid hitting the gym. And you can’t take a shower either. Drinking and smoking are also to be avoided.
Additionally, you can’t wash your face or put on any makeup for 12 hours after getting skin boosters.
For the first night after these injections, you’ll also be recommended to sleep in an elevated position (with some pillows underneath). It will help with the swelling.
Other than that, for 2 weeks, you can’t go under direct sunlight. However, the day after you have the injections, you can start wearing SPF.
You also can’t use any retinol products, have any facial treatments or go swimming for 2 weeks after a skin booster treatment.
Side Effects to Expect After Skin Boosters
Possible side effects of skin booster injections mainly include swelling and bruising.
These are temporary and should get start to get better after a few days.
Can Skin Boosters Go Wrong?
Skin boosters like Redensity 1 and Profhilo are non-cross-linked. That makes them quite liquid-y and runny.
As a result, they’re unlikely to cause any serious complications as they won’t block a blood vessel or cause necrosis.
If it’s injected at the wrong depth, it might not work. But it’s unlikely to cause any pathological problems.
With Profhilo, some people worry about blindness and occlusion. But, again, since it’s a runny liquid, it’s unlikely to cause these problems.
Another thing that concerns people is the migration of the injection. By design. Profhilo is intended to migrate within a radius of 4 cm. That’s why it has specific injection points.
Still, if done by the right practitioner, migration should not cause any problems.
What To Do If You Have Problems After Skin Boosters in London?
In case of any problem, you should get in touch with our Aftercare team. You can also open a ticket in our Aftercare Support Portal.
Other than that, you can always have a face-to-face consultation with your aesthetician in the London clinic.
What Are The Alternatives To Skin Boosters?
Ultrasound, radiofrequency, and intense-pulsed light are some other non-surgical skin tightening treatment options.
But if you have severe skin sagging or laxity, you can consider a surgical facelift.
In any case, make sure to discuss your treatment goals with your practitioner. They’ll prepare your treatment plan accordingly.
What Treatments Can You Combine With Skin Boosters?
You can combine skin boosters with Botox, fillers, and even microneedling in the same apppointment. This goes for both Redensity 1 and Profhilo.
FAQs for Skin Boosters in London
Are skin boosters worth it?
Skin boosters can definitely be worth it if you’re looking for improvements in your skin texture. They won’t give you any dramatic results, but they can improve skin texture, elasticity and hydration, among other things.
Can skin boosters cause vascular occlusion?
Skin boosters like Redensity 1 and Profhilo are unlikely to cause occlusion because they’re very runny. For that reason, they can’t block a blood vessel.
What is the difference between Redensity 1 and Redensity 2?
Redensity 1 uses non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid to plump up and rejuvenate the skin. Redensity 2, on the other hand, uses cross-linked hyaluronic acid to create volume, specifically in the under-eye, tear-trough area.
How much time does Profhilo take to settle?
Profhilo skin booster can take around 2-3 weeks to settle. You won’t see the final results before that.
Is Profhilo safe?
Profhilo is a safe aesthetic injectable. It’s suitable for everyone across all age groups.
Is Sunekos better than Profhilo?
Both Sunekos and Profhilo are skin boosters. Unlike Profhilo, Sunekos contains amino acids in addition to hyaluronic acid. Still, Profhilo might work better for the face than Sunekos.
Can Profhilo be dissolved?
It’s not possible to reverse the Profhilo treatment by dissolving the hyaluronic acid. That’s because the liquid doesn’t stay where it’s injected.
Can you get HIFU after Profhilo?
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment should be avoided for at least 2 weeks after Profhilo injections.
Can I inject Profhilo myself?
You should not inject Profhilo yourself as it’s quite technique-sensitive. It has to be injected very superficially at a depth of 3-4 mm. Any deeper than that, and the product will not work.
Does Profhilo cream work?
Profhilo cream can hydrate the skin because it also contains hyaluronic acid. However, it won’t work as well as the injectable.
Reviewed and Approved by Prof. Dr. Fuat Yuksel