Improving patients' skin quality using skin boosters in aesthetic practice
Improving skin quality can have a huge impact on the way that patients feel about their appearance. During ageing, there is a disruption to the normal organisation of skin cells, and its overall capacity for repair is reduced. The main component of skin boosters is hyaluronic acid, and, with its known hydrophilic properties, skin boosters are used to improve skin hydration. They also have some biomedical and tissue regeneration potential. These treatments have become very popular and, therefore, as a practitioner, it is useful to be able to offer these treatments to patients. Patient selection and managing expectations are extremely important, as well as knowledge of products and how to use them safely and effectively. Incorporating skin boosters into an aesthetic practice can provide the opportunity to assist patients with improving their skin quality, and they can be offered to a wide range of patients of various ages and skin types.
The skin provides the primary protection for the body and is essential in the maintenance of general homeostasis. Overall skin quality has a strong influence on the perceived age, health and attractiveness of an individual. In the literature, it has been acknowledged by Arora et al (2020) that skin changes associated with ageing, such as loss of elasticity and turgor, can have a negative psychosocial impact.
Humphrey et al (2021) stated that the demand for improvements in skin quality is growing rapidly, as flawless skin is one of the most universally desired features. The quality of the skin has been shown to have a substantial impact on emotional health, quality of life, self-perception and interactions with others.
Skin quality among individuals of different ethnicities remains understudied within aesthetics in regard to skin ageing, but the literature has highlighted variations. Langton et al (2019) stated that, despite the protective effect of increased melanocytes and melanin, both intrinsic and photoaging still occur and cause the skin to be less resilient and elastic in ageing.
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