Restylane Skinboosters® are a brand new approach to improve skin quality. Skinboosters® improve the skin’s quality by boosting hydration levels deep inside the skin. The treatment improves the skin’s firmness, elasticity and radiance.
Restylane Skinboosters® treatments can be used to improve the general skin quality of the face but also to improve exposed areas such as neck, décolletage, and a very popular treatment for the hands as well as areas with acne-scarred skin.
There are three treatment options depending on the level of depth of hydration treatment required: Skinboosters® Light, Skinboosters® Medium and Skinboosters® Deep. These treatments are done in courses consisting of 3 separate sessions at 2 to 4 weeks apart.
Once the initial 3 treatments have been performed, maintenance of results can be achieved with a re-treatment approximately every six months.
Other fillers do exist, which are not hyaluronic acid gel based. These are semi-permanent or permanent fillers which we use seldomly but are still favoured by some surgeons and patients.
These filler alternatives include Radiesse® (Calcium Hydroxyapatite spheres), Restylane Skinboosters® and Sculptra® (Poly-L Lactic acid). These fillers can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Autologous fat transfer
One alternative to hyaluronic acid gel or other fillers is an autologous fat transfer (also known as a Coleman fat transfer).
We usually use autologous fat transfer to treat cheek atrophy in patients who may not be keen on hyaluronic acid gel or who want a more permanent effect. We make deep Injections into the sub-muscle area and existing fat reserves. We avoid injecting substances into superficial areas to prevent lumps, which can be difficult to eradicate.
An autologous fat transfer is also an effective choice for patients who have suffered trauma or who have a congenital deformity or post enucleation socket syndrome (PESS).
Autologous fat transfer is a technique where fat is taken from the patient’s abdomen or thigh using a liposuction technique. This is done either under a local or general anaesthetic in an operating theatre. The fat is then prepared for injection in a centrifuge and injected with fine cannulas.
Autologous fat has a longevity of up to five years with a very low rate of allergic reaction. It is sometimes difficult to estimate the exact volume to be injected as up to thirty per-cent of the fat can be re-absorbed in the first three to eight months. An autologous fat transfer is also a more invasive surgical procedure than a hyaluronic acid gel filler injection. It causes more swelling and requires a longer recovery period. We use an autologous fat transfer in conjunction with eyelid, cheek and other facial rejuvenation surgery.
After the treatment with fillers, the face will be rejuvenated. Skin looks softer than before, the natural convexities of the face return to a younger appearance. Sometimes fillers can be combined with other cosmetic treatments as botulinum toxin A, Ultherapy® Skin tightening, TCA chemical peels, pHformula® or chemical peels and other aesthetic skin treatments.