Unlike typical dermal fillers, a new wave of hyaluronic acid injectables, including Volite from Juvéderm, Profhilo® and Teoxane Redensity 1, promise to work on the condition of the skin.
Dr Wassim Taktouk, an advanced aesthetic doctor specialising in such treatments, tells Bazaar how they're for hydration, over volume.
"Injectable moisture treatments and dermal fillers are both made of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a natural component of human skin. HA is a water binding molecule that can hold 10,000 times its weight in water and as we get older, our bodies produce less and less of it.
"HA is made up of long chains, similar to spaghetti, and each draws and holds water. In dermal fillers the spaghetti is modified slightly and 'cooked' (cross linked) so that it clumps together and stays put where it’s injected to create volume. With injectable moisturiser treatments, the hyaluronic acid spaghetti is slightly 'cooked' so that it spreads evenly throughout the face to draw water along the way – this will hydrate the skin but not volumise it and leads to a healthy dewy texture."
While Volite might have been a big beauty buzz word last year, Profhilo is currently the most popular injectable moisture treatment, with Teoxane Redensity 1 also causing a stir in clinics across the country. Here, Dr Taktouk explains the differences.
How Profhilo and Teoxane Redensity 1 differ to Juvederm’s Voilte
"Volite has lower levels of hyaluronic acid than Profhilo and Teoxane Redensity 1. It doesn’t contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or amino acids.
"Volite can be used throughout the face and will hydrate the skin and improve fine lines. Profhilo is currently used on the lower part of the face for skin laxity (ie not on the forehead area), whereas Teoxane Redensity 1 can also be used all over the face as a full hydration treatment." All three can be used for the hands and body (such as the chest area).
Volite requires just one treatment, while Profhilo requires two treatments and Teoxane Redensity 1 treatments.
You can read more about Volite here.
The key differences between Profhilo and Teoxane Redensity 1
"Teoxane Redensity 1 has pure hyaluronic acid but has the added benefit of three antioxidants, eight amino acids, two minerals and a vitamin - it repairs the skin while hydrating it." Think of it like a souped-up version of mesotherapy. Dr Taktouk adds, "Teoxane Redensity 1 will not only hydrate the skin but will prevent premature skin ageing, helping with thinning skin whilst giving a beautiful healthy glow."
Profhilo, he explains, "is pure hyaluronic acid in high quantities and will bio-remodel collagen and elastin while hydrating the skin." It's 'anti-ageing' on multiple levels, but - as noted above - it will not help hydrate skin on the forehead where people can find frown lines problematic.
How to decide which treatment is right for you
"As a rule, for younger skins wanting to improve skin health, hydration, skin protection and a get a 'wow' glow I would direct to Teoxane Redensity 1," Dr Taktouk says.
"Profhilo is more popular with the older age group as it gives beautiful hydration to the skin, softens fine lines and gives a 'hydrolift'.
"Both Teoxane Redensity 1 and Profhilo are excellent treatments - it’s best you consult your doctor who will help you decide," he concludes.
Remember to only visit clinics with highly trained injectors. Below, see Bazaar's guide to the best practitioners working with dermal fillers, many will now offer injectable moisture treatments too.
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