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What are Skin Boosters?

A refreshed, youthful look is certainly the most desired result that everyone wishes. Skin boosters are one of the popular cosmetic injectables that can provide that appearance. The blog explains how skin boosters work, what to expect from the treatment, and tips to boost the skin boosters’ results.

Skin boosters are soft, gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to improve skin texture, hydration, elasticity and overall complexity. No matter the skin type, gender, age or current cosmetic treatments in your plan, skin boosters provide a glowing, refreshed look by integrating with skin smoothness.  The cosmetic treatment uses hyaluronic acid (HA) to give the skin a natural appearance. HA is a natural substance produced by the skin to retain body water for skin hydration. However, as people age, HA production and skin proteins like collagen gradually diminish, making the skin saggy, pale, and leathery.  Fortunately, most qualified cosmetic practitioners use naturally produced hyaluronic acid to act as large reservoirs to replenish skin moisture and stimulate the body’s fibroblasts and proteins.

How Does a Skin Booster Work?

Skin booster treatments are painless procedures that take less than an hour to complete. They are similar to dermal fillers, but skin boosters are not primarily used to increase volume or structural skin augmentation but rather to give the skin a natural glow. The gel-like substance containing HA and other nutritious ingredients is injected into the targeted skin tissues using a microneedle or an injection gun.  According to Nikolis& Enright (2018), the skin booster ingredients bypass the outer skin layer; they are delivered to the dermal layer of the skin, where HA molecules start to re-absorb body water and moisturise the skin from the inside out. Lubart et al. (2019) also explained that other ingredients like vitamins and minerals alongside HA in skin boosters integrate with skin receptors to stimulate the production of collagen and elasticity,which are responsible for maintaining skin firmness, elasticity, and youthful appearance.

What to Expect from Skin Boosters Treatments

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) considers skin booster injections safe. However, it can be accompanied by side effects like swelling and bruising in the injected areas. The adverse effects wear off a few hours or a day after the treatment. The treatment is sterile, and most qualified cosmetic doctors administer lidocaine to reduce discomfort during the injection. Kerscher et al. (2017) stated that the skin booster treatment might take 7 to 14 days to provide an improved appearance fully. Still, it depends on the amount injected, the practitioner’s skills, the areas treated, and the patient’s skin condition. Nonetheless, skin boosters’ treatments provide the following benefits:

Reduce Signs of Ageing

Skin boosters help reduce visible wrinkles and fine lines by plumping the skin. They are often administered in the face for:

  • Wrinkles and creepiness on the cheeks
  • Crow’s feet on the corners of the eye
  • Forehead horizontal lines
  • Scars of acne
  • Pronounced laugh lines

Although the face is the first part of ageing signs, the neck, hands, and décolletage require booster ingredients to provide a youthful appearance.

Increases Production of Collagen and Elastin

Hydrating the skin from the inside can stimulate the production of elastin and collagen. Skin glands mainly produce elastin to maintain skin elasticity by counteracting external forces like gravity or forcibly stretched effects. On the other hand, collagen is responsible for maintaining skin firmness to avoid the development of wrinkles and deep-rooted debris. 

Last Longer than Most Cosmetic Products

Makeup and other skincare products improve skin appearance for a few hours or days before environmental factors distort them. Like dermal fillers, skin boosters improve skin complexity for approximately 6 to 12 months depending on several issues like:

  • Patient’s metabolic rate: high metabolic rate means the treatment ingredients will be dissolved faster.
  • Professionality of the injector:  the quality of the treatment is affected by the skills of the cosmetic doctor. The more effective the treatment is, the longer it will last.
  • The amount injected: the quantity of any medication can affect the time required to metabolise and absorb it in the circulatory system. Skin boosters are not exceptional.
  • Area being treated: the soft skin tissues of the face are more exposed to sun damage and other external factors that can influence the longevity of the skin boosters. Therefore, Neck and décolletage skin boosters last longer than exposed hands and face injectables.

The Procedure is Reversible

Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, skin boosters can be dissolved if the patients areunsatisfied with the result or the ingredients are wrongly placed by anunqualified cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic doctors use hyaluronidase enzyme to dissolve hyaluronic acid, which is the key component of skin boosters. It doesn’t matter how long the natural hyaluronic acid has been in the skin’s dermal layer.

Tips to Boost Skin Boosters’ Result

Skin booster treatments are a safe procedure by a highly skilled cosmetic doctor. However, wrongly placed injectables can cause unwanted complications like large skin lumps, migration of skin booster ingredients to untargeted areas, infections like cold sores, and prolonged swelling or bruising. Therefore, the first precaution to getting skin boosters is choosing the cosmetic doctor wisely by reviewing other customers’ comments and ratings. Nonetheless, the cosmetic procedure is safe, but there are aftercare tips to improve its natural outcomes.  According to Guinan (2022), the following are common aftercare tricks to avoid or do after having a skin treatment using HA boosters:

  • Avoid heat or sun damage for at least 48 hours
  • Sleep with your head elevated and avoid unnecessary touches on the treated areas
  • Don’t perform extreme exercises like gym activities for at least 24 hours
  • Don’t take alcohol and blood thinning medication or supplements like aspirin, fish oil and many more illustrated by your cosmetic doctor.
  • Don’t apply makeup on the injected areas for at least 48 hours to avoid weakening the skin healing process
  • Please wait for a week before using makeup brushes on the treated areas since the brushes may cause skin booster ingredients to migrate before they fully settle.
  • Don’t apply ice packs on the treated areas since the treatment is sterile

Frequently Asked Questions about Skin Boosters

What is the Difference Between Botox, Fillers and Skin Boosters?

Botulinum toxin, fillers, and skin boosters are the most popular and common cosmetic treatments in the UK and USA. Although aesthetic doctors use them to improve skin appearance and complexity, there are some important differences:

Botox: Botox is a popular brand representing botulinum toxin injections that work by blocking nerve signals to the injected muscles. Asa result, the facial muscles stop contracting, thus softening the deep-rooted fine lines and wrinkles.

Fillers work by plumping the skin using hyaluronic acid or collagen stimulators like poly-l-lactic acid. A restored skin volume means folds and wrinkles will be softened.

Skin boosters: skin boosters hydrate and help revitalise the skin by improving its elasticity and firmness.

How Much Do Skin Boosters Cost?

The price of skin booster treatment per session varies depending on the following:

  • Amount to be injected
  • Clinic consultation fee
  • Location of the clinic
  • Area to be treated
  • Sponsorship of the clinic or the cosmetic doctor


Skin boosters are injectables used to hydrate and improve skin elasticity and firmness. Therefore, they can eliminate ageing signs like wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, and neck or hand saggy skin.  The cosmetic treatment is safe and provides a nearby immediate result lasting 6 to 12 months, depending on factors like the patient’s body metabolism. However, it is important to choose a highly qualified cosmetic doctor to harness the benefits of skin boosters since wrongly placed injectables can have serious complications and side effects.


Guinan, L. (2022). Improving patients’ skin quality using skin boosters in aesthetic practice. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing11(5), 198-204.

Kerscher, M., Eiben-Nielson, C. H., Kleine-Boerger, L., Haas, H., Sattler, S., & Sattler, G. (2017). Restylane Skinboosters for improved facial skin quality using two treatment sessions. Posterpräsentation IMCAS.

Lubart, R., Yariv, I., Fixler, D., &Lipovsky, A. (2019). Topical hyaluronic acid facial cream with new micronised molecule technology effectively penetrates and improves facial skin quality: results from in-vitro, ex-vivo, and in-vivo (open-label) studies. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology12(10), 39.

Nikolis, A., & Enright, K. M. (2018). Evaluating the role of small particle hyaluronic acid fillers using micro-droplet technique in the face, neck and hands: a retrospective chart review. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology11, 467.

Nataly Komova