It’s been more than two decades since Botox first stunned the aesthetic world by revolutionizing the realm of needle-based treatments and compelling every skin enthusiast to anticipate the next big shot. Today, we have dozens of tried-and-tested injectables at our disposal. A myriad of hyaluronic acid (HA) gels for instant plumping and contouring, collagen stimulators that offer a more gradual swell, neuromodulators that minimize furrows and frown lines – and yet our gaze still wanders on the horizon for a little something more.
We have surgery to address skin laxity, fillers to address volume loss, neuromodulators to address dynamic lines, lasers to treat pigment and textural skin issues, but up until this point, there was no definitive way to address the tone, hydration, and firmness of the skin structure without altering the facial features. This is where skin boosters came into the picture and quickly became the missing link to the fountain of youth.
Like glass skin in a shot, skin boosters are a new class of injectables that aim to hydrate, smooth, and firm the skin without adding fullness. They are essentially microdroplet HA-based formulations. These are tiny aliquots or sprinklings of hyaluronic acid that are delivered into the top layers of the skin to replenish hydration, improve light reflection, and smooth the canvas of the skin without changing the facial structure.
Skin boosters work on the system of superficial microdroplet delivery, which means that injectors painstakingly place small amounts of HA throughout the dermis, just below the skin’s surface, typically administering it with a customized needle that ensures precise dosing and depth.
Radiant skin is an integral part of what we perceive as attractive, healthy, and youthful. Skin boosters tap into this idea of a refreshed complexion without making someone look different or changed. This is a huge boon at the moment, as the world is collectively shifting away from all things extreme and overdone. Skin boosters allow you to look like yourself, just a lot more luminous.
How are Skin boosters different from other injectables?
Despite the fact the fillers and skin boosters are both hyaluronic acid-based formulations, they are quite different from each other. What truly sets them apart from each other is their chemical structure. Crosslinking is one of the standard properties of conventional hyaluronic acid fillers. This refers to the way their individual HA molecules are chemically bound together. The more tightly crosslinked a filler is, the more robust and durable the gel tends to be.
Skin boosters are either non-crosslinked or are only minimally crosslinked which makes them much thinner and have a lighter feel by comparison. Another difference lies in their concentration value. The concentration of hyaluronic acid in skin boosters is typically less than the fillers, so they are softer and less viscous. These qualities allow them to be injected superficially, directly into, or just below the dermis, while remaining completely undetectable. In simpler words, the traditional fillers are like clay that is used for sculpting, whereas skin boosters are watercolors.
How to prepare yourself for the skin booster treatment?
Consultation is key when it comes to prepping yourself for a skin booster treatment. You should be open and honest with your practitioner about your current skincare routine, skin type, and concerns to make sure that you receive the best treatment for your needs.
Prior to the appointment, one should avoid alcohol for 24 hours to avoid increasing the risk of bleeding due to thinning of the blood. You should also avoid using active-ingredient-based products like retinol and AHA/BHA acid for two days prior to the treatment.
Post-treatment, you may experience some common symptoms like visible ‘blebs’ or raised bumps at the injection sites. Other typical side effects include swelling, minor bruising, and itchiness as the skin heals. These symptoms are pretty normal and usually subside within 24 hours.
Even though skin boosters are a safe and hassle-free way to get radiant, dewy skin, there are certain tips you need to be mindful of to get the best results after the treatment. Post-treatment, one should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours to give your skin some healing time. You should also continue to avoid skincare actives like Vitamin C, retinol, and AHA/BHAs.
It is also best to avoid oil-based makeup after the procedure as it may clog the pores and lengthen the healing time of the skin. It’s also important to avoid treatments such as facials, facial waxing, chemical peels, IPL, laser, or microdermabrasion for two weeks after getting your skin booster shots. However, if you do decide to go to a different practitioner for any of the above, it’s important to disclose the fact that you’ve undergone a skin booster treatment, as your complexion is likely to be more sensitive during the healing time.
What to expect after getting skin boosters?
You may not see any visible results right after the treatment but over the ensuing weeks, you’ll definitely feel as though your skin is better hydrated and has that lovely glow that everyone wants. You’ll also see significant improvement in the elasticity and firmness of your skin.
The gradual firming effect comes from enhanced collagen production that all skin boosters aim to deliver in their own way. Profhilo, for instance, fuses hyaluronic acids to varying weights via a thermal cooling process to maximize its ability to bind with the skin’s collagen receptors to subtly improve laxity.
Teosyal Redensity 1, on the other hand, is supercharged with collagen-building ingredients like amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These regenerative properties give skin boosters a next-level appeal, particularly for patients who might be losing collagen rapidly during the first few years of menopause and wish to regain the firmness and elasticity of their skin.
Despite the fanfare and the allure surrounding boosters, one must understand that they lend a subtle overall improvement in the quality of the skin so the before and after may not be as dramatic as other skin treatments. Therefore, it’s important for patients to have realistic expectations.
From supermodels to actresses to beauty influencers, flaunting glowing and radiant makeup-free skin is quickly becoming the norm. Everyone wants the perfect, dewy skin that’s flawless even before the first layer of foundation hits the face but not every one of us is blessed with mighty genetics that will help us achieve that.
This is where skin boosters come to the rescue. They offer a minimally invasive and effective way to rejuvenate and enhance the quality of your skin. At Alive Wellness Clinics, we believe in making beautiful, rejuvenated skin accessible to everyone. Book your personalized consultation today and take the first step toward a youthful and vibrant you.