Skinbooster: Rehydrate your skin with hyaluronic acid

Skinbooster are aesthetic medicine treatments that use the hydrophilic properties of hyaluronic acid to deeply rehydrate the skin. In the case of skinbooster, hyaluronic acid does not have the function to create volume ("volumizing" effect) but to hydrate, plump and nourish deeply and durably the skin to counteract the effects of skin aging.

There are different types of products in the family of skinboosters, including Restylane Skinboosters®, Juvéderm Volite® or Profhilo®. Each of its products has specificities in terms of indication treated, therapeutic protocol and durability of the result.

During an initial consultation of "diagnosis of your face", we will advise you on the type of treatment and the choice of product that will meet your expectations.

1. What are the skinbooster?

The term "skinboosters" was first proposed by Galderma laboratories within their range ** Restylane **, a reference in hyaluronic acid. It is now a generic term that describes a family of facial aesthetic medicine treatments using the moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the tissues of all living organisms. Hyaluronic acid has the particularity of retaining water (** hydrophilic effect **). It helps maintain the elasticity of the skin and connective tissue and its three-dimensional organization.

The human being manufactures and destroys every day about 5 grams of hyaluronic acid for tissue renewal. With aging, the production of hyaluronic acid by the body slows down, the skin becomes less hydrated and loses its elasticity and firmness.

What is the difference between hyaluronic acid and skinbooster?

If hyaluronic acid is the most important compound of skinboosters, they are nevertheless distinct treatments of "classic" injections of hyaluronic acid. Indeed, these two types of treatment do not respond to the same indications.

It should be known that there are several types of hyaluronic acid depending on their density. This is called hyaluronic acid more or less crosslinked. In certain types of hyaluronic acid injection, a highly cross-linked solution is used to obtain a maximum "volumizing" effect. This is particularly the case of injections to plump the lips or accentuate certain volumes of the face (such as cheekbones).

When it comes to answering an indication concerning the wrinkles of the face, forehead, neck or décolleté wrinkles, a less less crosslinked hyaluronic acid offers better results in filling wrinkles.

The hyaluronic acid contained in the skinbooster is moderately crosslinked, that is to say that it consists of fine particles. Unlike hyaluronic acid used for filling injections, it does not change volumes but focuses on moisturizing, repulping and nourishing deep and lasting skin through the call of water created by its hydrophilic character.

2. What are the indications of skinboosters?

A treatment based on skinboosters meets many indications and allows to obtain results on all skin types, whether they are more or less mature.

On young skin (before 40 years): the skin still has only a few wrinkles but it begins to lose tone and elasticity. On this type of skin, skinboosters help prevent sagging skin and slow down the appearance of wrinkles by providing the skin with hydration and tone. They also help to give a new radiance to the complexion and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

On mature skin (after 45 - 50 years): injections of skinbooster prevent skin aging by improving the quality, firmness and texture of the skin. They help to reduce wrinkles by repulping the skin (sometimes associating skinboosters with filling injections). Offering significant results in the face and lips, skinboosters can also be injected to improve the appearance of the skin in the neck, arms or thighs.

In general, the skinbooster:

  • Improve in depth the hydration of the skin,
  • Make the skin more elastic and firmer,
  • Smooth the skin,
  • Improves the texture of the skin ("wrinkling" effect on the décolleté or the cheeks),
  • Refine the grain of the skin,
  • Make the skin more radiant,
  • Slow skin aging and sagging skin,
  • Delay the appearance of the first wrinkles,
  • Mitigate the effects of photoaging,
  • Fills existing wrinkles,
  • How do the imperfections of the skin,
  • Revive collagen production by the body.

To assist you in treating the signs of aging of the face and help you determine if a skinboosters treatment meets your needs and expectations, the firm offers a diagnosis of your face. During this diagnosis, an in-depth assessment of the skin of your face will allow you to develop a tailor-made therapeutic protocol.

3. Which skinbooster is used?

Since the term skinbooster is a generic, there are different products in this family. More than their effectiveness, we must consider how each product can respond to different indications. Before giving injections, a "face diagnostic" consultation using devices for evaluating the aging of your skin will make it possible to determine a tailor-made therapeutic protocol.

Skinboosters Restylane, treatment of the skin of the face


Launched in 2004 by Galderma laboratories, Restylane Skinboosters® is the pioneering treatment of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for deep hydration. Some 60 published clinical studies have highlighted its effectiveness as well as the sustainability of the results obtained (up to 12 months). It allows in particular to treat the face, the back of the hands, the neckline and the neck.

Restylane Skinboosters® exists in two forms:

  • The Skinboosters Vital (20 mg / mL of hyaluronic acid) which is injected into the deep dermis and which can effectively treat the most mature skin.
  • The Skinboosters Vital Light (12 mg / mL of hyaluronic acid) which is injected into the middle dermis and is more indicated in the youngest skins.

Treatment usually consists of 2 to 3 sessions a month apart. To sustain the result, it is advisable to carry out maintenance injections every 6 to 12 months.


Available since 2017, the Juvéderm Volite from Allergan laboratories is the ** latest generation of skinbooster ** treatments. Like other treatments of this type, it improves the texture, hydration and elasticity of the skin.

Derived from Vycross® technology (used in the crosslinking of hyaluronic acid), Juvéderm Volite is injected into the deep dermis, creates a moisturizing mesh and improves the texture and elasticity of the skin.

Juvéderm Volite is especially effective and durable. The result can generally be assessed after a single session and persists for at least 9 months, which allows to obtain a significant result with one to two sessions per year.

Skinbooster Juvedern Volite, a rejuvenation treatment for the skin of the face


Developed by IBSA Laboratories and lanched in France in 2017, Profhilo is another hyaluronic acid of the latest generation. It offers a hybrid solution, high and low molecular weight.

This allows a double action:

  • A moisturizing and bio-regenerating effect: The balanced concentration of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid stimulates the endogenous production of hyaluronic acid.
  • A lifting effect: Hyaluronic acid with high molecular weight prevents sagging skin while reshaping the face.

For an optimal result, it is recommended to perform two Profhilo injection sessions separated by 4 to 5 weeks. The result is then maintained for 6 to 8 months. The Profhilo provides good results on the skin of the lower third of the face, neck, arms and hands.

4. The course of the session

Although variations can be observed depending on the products used, the injection protocol for skinboosters is generally similar.

Skinbooster injections are performed directly at the doctor's office. After disinfection of the skin in the treated area, the product is injected in depth using a very fine needle or a flexible cannula.

The treatment is little painful. Some products also contain a local anesthetic (lidocaine) to completely eliminate the pain caused by injections.

The consequences of the intervention are often very simple. Injections of skinboosters do not involve any social eviction and daily activities can resume at the end of the session.

In some cases, slight bruises may appear but they resorb quickly and can be easily masked. Slight swellings may also occur in the injection areas.

5. Before-After: Results obtained by skinbooster

If we find the same type of result depending on the products (deep hydration, improved elasticity and texture of the skin, attenuation of fine lines), the protocol needed to obtain them and their durability may vary slightly depending on the types of skinboosters used, the treated indications and the skin characteristics of the patients.

It is important to know that hyaluronic acid naturally resorbs in the body. It is also because it is gradually consumed by the body that it allows to obtain the desired rehydration.

For an optimal result, usually 2 or 3 sessions spaced a month apart, followed by maintenance injections every 6 to 9 months. Note that the advantage of Juvéderm Volite is to allow to obtain a significant result after a single session.

  Before - After: Restylane Skinboosters Photographs made available by Galderma laboratories

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Dr Cédric Kron - Plastic surgeon in Paris

Former resident, Gold Medal of Surgery and Head of Clinic of Paris Hospitals (APHP), Dr. C. Kron is qualified in Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. He practices as a plastic surgeon in Paris, with a comprehensive and tailor-made approach of aesthetic treatments.