We often take extra care of our face but forget that other exposed areas like our hands and décolletage can also be affected by stress, environmental pollution, and sun exposure. When taken in totality, there some cognitive dissonance when the youth of one’s face does not match the rest of the body.
Often overlooked in favour of the face, other areas such as the hand, neck and décolletage zones are just as easily affected by aging. Fat and collagen loss over the years can give the skin in these areas a sullen, sunken look. Veins are more obvious, fine lines run along the entire surface, and wrinkles deepen. Part of an effective aesthetic skin care regiment is looking at exposed areas other than the face to make sure patients look as young as possible.
Skin booster in Singapore are a way to help combat the natural aging process in these zones, helping those who need to counter their ageing skin.
How do Skin Boosters Work?
The medical-grade skin boosters that are used by aesthetic clinics are not to be confused with cosmetic, over the counter products. Medical-grade skin boosters are injectables, and not topically applied.
These skin boosters treatment in Singapore mostly contain Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a natural substance found in the joints and eyes. This heavily researched substance is an ingredient used in many skin care products. HA is good at absorbing water due to its molecular make-up, allowing water molecules to latch in on it easily. Sought after for its ability to both attract and bind water, its structure also allows it to act as a scaffolding for tissue to grow. Acting as a cushion and lubricant in tissues, HA also helps to hydrate the skin, providing it with a chance to heal, as well as making your skin look plumper, more vibrant and healthier. HA also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When skin boosters that contain HA are introduced via a series of tiny injections, they introduce the HA into the skin, hydrating it and revitalising the skin. Skin boosters also have a “filler effect”, which explains its ability to reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles.
Skin boosters are a non-surgical option that can be used to reduce wrinkles, restore hydration, and reduce pore size. The biocompatibility of the product also ensures minimal side effects arising from product use. Patients might encounter some bruising, swelling and numbness from the procedure, but this tends to subside after a few days.
Skin boosters are suitable for patients with slight to moderatewrinkling, as well as those looking for a natural glow or an overall improvement of skin texture. Patients who are seeking improvement of deeper wrinkles can consider dermal filler to improve their look without undergoing surgery. Results can vary, but most patients tend to see improvement in their overall complexion, and reduction of imperfections in the skin.
Neck and Décolletage
The neck, as well as the décolletage area, are victims of collagen loss and skin ageing. Skin at this area can be thin, and as the area loses collagen, elastin and fat, the protrusion of veins becomes more obvious. As for the area closer to the chest, it no longer appears to be as smooth as before, and can start to wrinkle. While it might not turn into a “crepe-like” appearance that can take form in the neck area, the wrinkling will be obvious without intervention.
Skin booster treatments in the area help to boost the thickness of the skin almost immediately. Over the longer term, it can help heal damaged skin, and stimulate some collagen production. This is an excellent way to help deal with the crinkles, horizontal and vertical lines that start to appear around the neck and décolletage area. Instead of simply using fillers, skin boosters help with larger-scale improvement to the skin quality of this area, providing structure with a firming effect.
For skin boosters, multiple micro-injections are required over 3 sessions. Each session is spaced between 2-4 weeks apart, with maintenance sessions every 6 months after the 3rd treatment.
If you are looking to undergo skin booster treatment in Singapore for your neck and décolletage area, avoid taking blood-thinning medication before the treatment. After treatment, try to avoid strenuous activity, alcohol, excessive heat or cold, and sun exposure. There tends to be little to no downtime for this treatment, and any red bumps or swelling from the injections should go away after a few days.
Those who are facing loss of volume on the back of their hands can consider using skin boosters. These hands tend to be dehydrated and have thinning skin, with veins showing in an obvious manner. The texture becomes less smooth. This can be treated with skin boosters.
In this situation, introducing skin boosters through micro-injections can provide additional hydration and help to rejuvenate the skin from within. Helping to restore the hydration to the skin, improving the elasticity and skin structure for a better look.
Similar to skin booster treatments for the neck and décolletage areas, patients who are planning to undergo a similar treatment on their hands should avoid taking blood-thinning medication before the treatment. They should also avoid strenuous activity, alcohol, excessive heat or cold, and sun exposure post-treatment. There tends to be little to no down time for this treatment, and any swelling or bruising that may occur should resolve within a few days.
Skin Booster vs Dermal Fillers: Which is better for Decolletage and Hands
There might be some confusion as to whether skin boosters or dermal fillers are better when it comes to treating the neck, decolletage and hand areas. Some people might prefer one over the other, but the truth is that this choice boils down to context.
Skin boosters have the key effect of providing additional hydration to give skin that extra help. However, they have a limited effect to fill out lines or wrinkles. For those primarily concerned with ensuring additional moisture to the skin, using the HA in skin boosters is the key. That would certainly help refresh the decolletage area, especially if the skin is dry, looking dull or exhibiting visible pores.
However, if the skin in the area has some wrinkles or scars, then skin booster treatments are not recommended as they are not a suitable option. Instead, dermal fillers can be used to add volume to target areas, smoothing out wrinkles or scars.
When it comes to the hands, there should be a similar assessment as to the condition of the skin on the hands. Assuming the skin on the hand is rough and dry, then skin booster treatments in Singapore might be suitable. If the patient is seeking to reduce skin wrinkling or the appearance of blood vessels on the hand, then dermal fillers should be considered.
At the end of the day, it is critical for patients to consult an experienced professional who will help them to make a good decision.
FAQ About Skin Boosters for Decolletage and Hand Treatments
Is the Treatment on Decolletage and Hands Painful?
Skin booster treatments are usually not painful. Even though skin boosters are injected deep into the dermis, the injection usually contains a local anaesthetic that will help patients deal with the pain. In some situations, patients may have a numbing cream or ice applied to the skin before the treatment to reduce any potential discomfort that might arise from the treatment.
Can Other Cosmetic Injectables also be used for Decolletage?
Patients that have rhytides (fine lines and minor creases) on their decolletage can use cosmetic injectables to help keep their skin looking firm and smooth. A study found that cosmetic injectables can be safely and effectively deployed to improve the appearance of rhytides on the décolletage. However, if their lines are very deep set, then effectiveness of fillers in this area will be limited.
What Should I Pay Attention to Before and After Skin Booster Treatments?
It’s recommended to stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, a week before a skin booster treatment. These will obstruct the normal inflammatory process, which is essential for skin rejuvenation. Additionally, avoid waxing, using depilatory lotions, and covering your hands and décolletage in Retin-A (a product used to treat acne).
Post treatment, avoid exposing the area to heat. The active ingredient of skin booster treatments can be inhibited by heat, and patients may not get the best effect if they expose themselves to heat in saunas, steam rooms or spas.
Second, exercise and alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of skin booster treatments. Strenuous exercise can trigger sweat glands to produce sebum, which reduces the effectiveness of skin boosters.
Be sure to also avoid pressing down on the area of treatment as it would reduce the blood flow to the area, lowering how well the skin booster is delivered into the area. On the same note, avoid using AHA, Vitamin C, retinols, or other strong skincare ingredients for the next 24 hours.
How Many Skin Booster Treatments are Recommended?
For maximum effect, it is recommended that patients need 3 treatments, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. Since skin boosters tend to last 6-9 months after the initial treatments, patients are encouraged to perform a top-up treatment every 6-12 months. However, there is no negative effect to doing it more frequently
How Much do Skin Boosters Cost in Singapore?
Skin booster treatments for the decolletage or hand area can cost anywhere between $200 to $800 per ml. Price can be affected by the brand and volume of skin booster being used. For example, newer generations of skin booster include antioxidants for greater anti-aging effects and are therefore more expensive. Additionally, the volume of the skin booster being used will vary from patient to patient, further affecting the cost of treatment.
We Can Help!
Dealing with wrinkling hands, necklines and décolletages require technique and skills, tailored to each unique individual. If you want to find ways to help improve your skin condition, you should consider a detailed examination by our qualified doctors, who will then customise a suitable treatment plan based on your skin type and condition.
If you are trying to reduce the rapid signs of ageing of the skin on your body, SL Aesthetic Clinic can provide you with the necessary diagnosis and treatment to work toward your ideal aesthetic look. Call us now at 6235 3246, or Whatsapp us at 9850 7112.