WHAT IT IS
Restylane Skinboosters are basically a new way of using popular facial filler Restylane, which is basically a patented form of hyaluronic acid developed by a medical company called Q-Med. The form of hyaluronic acid used in this product, NASHA (short for Non-Animal Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid), is said to have molecules that are “similar enough to the skin’s own to be accepted by the body but have a dramatically longer shelf life allowing for much longer hydration in the skin”.
Instead of injecting Restylane into particular parts of the face to “fill” up areas that are softer or sagging due to aging, the Restylane Skinboosters concept injects smaller amounts of the product into larger areas of the skin thereby adding an overall “boost” to the face.
According to the brand the Restylane Skinboosters should be done as “three initial treatments at intervals of two to four weeks and then treatment two or three times per year in order to achieve the best, most natural results.”
WHAT WE THINK ABOUT …
In the sure hands of Dr Harold Ma at Freia Medical (pictured above) I felt perfectly comfortable undergoing the Restylane Skinboosters treatment ‒ having previously had Restylane fillers injected and being really happy with the results ‒ I wasn’t at all concerned about adding a bit more to help brighten my complexion.
The face is coated with a numbing cream, usual practice for just about all non-invasive aesthetic treatments, and you lie back to let it take effect for around 30 minutes or so. Then the doctor begins the treatment.
If you’ve had fillers previously you’ll find the Restylane Skinboosters treatment practically painless. There is less time spent on each injection as the placement is not as important and the volume of product is much less; it’s also the same consistency as the “lightest” of the fillers used on the face, the one that’s usually used around the eye area.
According to the brand, you can have Restylane Skinboosters just about anywhere you have a concern that your skin is less plump; not only the face, you can also inject this into your lips, dry elbows, acne scars, the décolletage area, backs of hands and the tops of your feet.
I stuck to “refreshing” my face in the lead up to the festive season, and have to say I really think it worked. In the first few days you don’t really see much difference, unlike with fillers which are obvious, but after a solid week I felt my skin looked much “fresher” with some fine lines near my eyes almost disappearing.
An additional week and my colleagues were remarking on how “well” I looked despite the rather rough week we’d had; so obviously something was making my skin look like I’d had a week of good sleep.
About a month later and I’m still seeing the results; the consistency of my skin in particular is much improved, there is added “bounce” and my face is holding up to the ongoing lack of sleep; this is one procedure I’ll be going back for.
Restylane Skinboosters cost $700 per syringe at Dr Harold Ma’s Freia Medical, #19-03 Wisma Atria Office Tower, 435 Orchard Road, Tel: 6735 8180. For more information go to www.freia.sg. Restylane Skinboosters are distributed by Q-Med, a division of Galderma. Since 2011, Q-Med has been wholly owned by Galderma, a pharmaceutical company specialised in innovative therapeutic, corrective and aesthetic dermatological solutions.
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