By Doctor Hervé Brunet
The aim of skinboosting techniques is to inject fine particles of hyaluronic acid (HA) into the skin with the aim of providing deep hydration. Behind these terms lie different techniques, but above all radically different products.
The quantity of hyaluronic acid produced by the skin decreases with age. We make less at the age of 30 than we did at 20, and we make less and less as the years go on. HA acts like a sponge by capturing water and thus enabling the skin to stay hydrated.
Less hydrated skin becomes “fleshier”, less supple. It gradually loses its elasticity, giving way to fine lines and wrinkles. First they appear only with movement, then these cracks become permanent. The complexion becomes duller, the skin’s texture becomes rougher.
The production of free radicals in the skin (exposure to UV rays, pollutants, abrasive chemicals and stress) aggravates hyaluronic acid deterioration.
We must therefore provide the skin with hyaluronic acid by moisturising its surface using a cream, but also by hydrating the deeper layers using injections.
Made up of fine particles of slightly-reticulated HA, this product enables us to hydrate deep within the skin, without altering the face’s features or even its volume. This reticulation is very different to the other products available on the market, which are all very weakly reticulated or not reticulated at all. We know that a non-reticulated product is quickly destroyed by the body. The difference with Restylane Skinboosters is that its reticulation gives it more time to act. Once injected, it is absorbed into the tissue, the fine molecules of hyaluronic acid fill up with endogenous water, rehydrating the skin, ironing out wrinkles and smoothing the skin’s surface. The rehydrated, plumped up skin is more comfortable; now firmer, the complexion looks polished and noticeably more radiant.
While classic mesotherapy products are injected superficially, Restylane Skinboosters are injected deep into the medium to deep dermal layers.
2 injection methods
– Multi-puncture method: using a needle, several dozen micro injections are made into the treatment area.
– Micro cannula method: the skinbooster is deposited in a fan shape through 1 or 2 entry points on each half of the face. This method is much less painful as the product contains an anaesthetic.
There are 2 different Restylane Skinboosters to suit the different skin types and the different areas of the body:
– RESTYLANE SKINBOOSTER VITAL: the most commonly used. Used mainly on the face but also the hands, arms and knees.
– RESTYLANE SKINBOOSTER VITAL LIGHT for finer skin. It is very effective on the neck and décolletage.
A new syringe for more accurate injections.
Galderma has developed the SMART CLICK SYSTEM, a new syringe that accurately delivers micro doses of hyaluronic acid. An equal dose of product is delivered at every click.
What is the ideal injection procedure?
– On young skin: one syringe which should be repeated a month later
– On mature or badly sun-damaged skin = 2 syringes on the first day, then 1 to 2 syringes a month later. Ideally this should be repeated every 6 months.
Dr Hervé Brunet: Graduated from the University of Paris Medical School in dermatology and venereology. Specialises in the use of medical lasers and the methodology of injections for aesthetic medicine.