Improving hydration and fine lines with PROFHILO® and JUVÉDERM® VOLITE™ Skin Boosters
What are Skin Boosters?
Skin Boosters act as a longer lasting moisturiser. They are specific formulations of injected Hyaluronic Acid (HA) that can boost the hydration of the skin without volumising. They are used to improve the appearance of the face, neck or decolletage.
HA is made up of long carbohydrate chains which attract water. It is the body’s own moisturiser, making up 20% of our skin and almost all of our joint fluid.
How Can Skin Boosters Help?
Skin Boosters aim to improve skin quality in a number of ways:
- Longer term moisturising of dry skin. HA is the body’s own moisturiser, but, like everything else, levels decline with age. By injecting Skin Boosters just under the skin the HA draws in moisture and increases hydration of the area. This effect lasts as long as the filler lasts, typically 6 to 12 months at skin level. Moisturiser need not be applied as frequently and makeup is usually easier to apply.
- Reduction in crepiness and fine lines. All HAs form a gel with water. This gel integrates with our tissue, moving with our face while giving volume. Skin boosters form a thin layer of gel just under the skin. The resulting mild plumping effect can reduce fine lines and soften old acne scars.
- Improvement of tissue quality. All HAs have been shown to boost collagen levels by stretching our collagen network, the body’s soft tissue skeleton. This can give a longer lasting boost to tissue strength and integrity. Usually this only occurs locally where filler is actually placed because Skin Boosters form a thin layer just under the skin so they can stimulate collagen production around most of the skin of the face.
- Soothe inflammation. Long HA chains are anti-inflammatory, relieving oxidative stress in the tissue from UV light, pollutants or disease. Skin Boosters may have anti-oxidants added to boost this effect.
What Skin Booster Treatments Are Available?
PROFHILO® is the easiest treatment. Two sessions (a month apart) of ten injections per session will treat the face or neck. The course needs to be repeated at six months. Results can usually be maintained with one or two treatments every 6-12 months. Repeat treatment
PROFHILO® is the newest to New Zealand but has been available in Europe for over five years. The special HA formulation means that PROFHILO® can spread to form its thin layer from only five injections per side.
Studies in tests tubes show PROFHILO® boosts seven types of collagen (not just the scar collagen triggered by skin tightening devices) as well as boosting elastin and the youthful fat just under the skin.
Two sessions are needed at a cost of $650 per two ml session.
JUVÉDERM® VOLITE™ is the Skin Booster in the JUVÉDERM® VYCROSS® Collection which includes JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® and JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT®. This range is very well studied and understood. A single treatment (four ml – about 40 injections) with this formulation can last between 9 to 12 months. Further treatment would then be necessary to maintain results.
The cost of a four ml treatment is $2,000.