Whether known as skin boosters or injectable moisturisers, a new wave of hyaluronic acid injectables have become buzzwords in the world of aesthetics and increasingly popular with women and men who wish to restore natural radiance.
The two gold standard leaders are Profhilo and Redensity 1, and they take an innovative approach to treating many common ageing concerns, such as a dull, dehydrated dermis, crepey, thin skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. Read on to find out how they work, the key differences, the downsides, and the benefits.
First and foremost, both products contain high levels of hyaluronic acid. As Karidis Clinic’s Dr Emily Strong explains: “This naturally occurring substance forms part of the skin’s extracellular matrix and is responsible for moisture retention having the capacity to bind over one thousand times its weight in water. HA is found in many areas of the body and, in the skin, it’s responsible for hydration and plumpness.”
As we age, levels of hyaluronic acid, along with collagen and elastin, decreases and is one of the main causes of the facial ageing changes we see.
From Teoysal, Redensity 1 is designed to improve skin hydration through a unique blend of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins including B6, zinc and copper. Amino acids stimulate collagen production, anti-oxidants fight damage by free radicals, and the cocktail of vitamins and minerals improve the overall health of the skin.
Clinical trials have found it can improve collagen production by up to 98%, reduce oxidative stress by up to 28% and improves the hydration of the skin by up to 15 times. Redensity 1 can be thought of as a more powerful form of mesotherapy and is a fantastic treatment option for patients showing early or premature signs of ageing such as thinning skin.
Tiny droplets of Redensity 1 are injected just below the surface of the skin at multiple injection sites in the target area. Topical numbing cream is used to numb the area prior to injection and Redensity 1 also contains lidocaine to minimise any sensitivity.
It can be used safely on the whole face and can also be used in a more targeted way, such as around the mouth or on the cheeks to treat fine lines and crepey skin which can be challenging to treat with dermal fillers.
After treatment you can expect small bumps at each injection site that can take up to 48 hours for the product to dissipate in the dermis.
Redensity 1 at a glance
- Treatment areas: the face, neck, and décolleté
- Sessions needed: three sessions three weeks apart
- Maintenance required: single treatment 2 to 3 times a year
- Final result: 3 to 4 weeks after your third session
Unlike Redensity 1, Profhilo only contains a very high concentration of a specific type of hyaluronic acid. Known as hybrid cooperative complexes, these spread across the skin when injected to stimulate collagen and elastin fibres. It is highly effective for targeting fine lines and wrinkles and improving hydration.
Profhilo is injected into ten strategically designed points, five on each side of the lower face. Patients can expect a small swelling and potentially some bruising at these injection sites which can last up to 24 hours.
Unlike Redensity 1, Profhilo does not contain lidocaine but we apply a topical anaesthetic cream to numb the area prior to treatment to minimise any discomfort.
Profhilo at a glance
- Treatment areas: the face, neck, décolleté and hands as well as knees and stomach
- Sessions needed: 2 sessions a month apart
- Maintenance required: single treatment 3 to 4 times a year
- Final result: 3 to 4 weeks after your second session
“Autumn is the perfect time of year to consider a skin booster treatment,” believes Dr Strong. “As the temperatures drop and the central heating is cranked up, our skin can quickly become dehydrated, over-sensitised and in need of some extra TLC!”
To book a consultation with Dr Emily Strong to discuss skin boosters or any of the skin rejuvenation treatments we offer, call 0207 432 8727.