In recent years, medical aesthetics has seen a surge in demand for non-surgical procedures that offer natural-looking results without invasive surgery. Biostimulators have emerged as a popular option for those seeking to improve the appearance of their skin, body, and scars. Biostimulators are injectable substances that stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, improving skin elasticity, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and body contouring.
While biostimulators may be unfamiliar to many, they have revolutionized the field of medical aesthetics, providing a safe and effective alternative to traditional cosmetic procedures. In this article, we will explore what biostimulators are, how they work, their applications in medical aesthetics, factors affecting their efficacy, and safety considerations.
What Are Biostimulators?
Biostimulators are a relatively new and exciting development in medical aesthetics. They are injectable substances that help stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, improving skin elasticity, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and body contouring. Biostimulators come in different types, including calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polycaprolactone.
These biostimulators stimulate the body’s cells, triggering the production of collagen and elastin fibers, vital components of healthy, youthful-looking skin. This process, known as neocollagenesis, is essential for maintaining skin health and elasticity.
Unlike traditional cosmetic procedures, biostimulators do not involve surgery and provide natural-looking results without extensive downtime. As such, they have become a popular option for those seeking to improve their appearance without invasive surgery.
The Types of Biostimulators
The different types of biostimulators each has unique properties that make them suitable for specific applications. The most commonly used biostimulators in medical aesthetics are calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polycaprolactone.
Calcium hydroxylapatite is a naturally occurring substance found in bones and teeth. It is known for its biocompatibility and has been used in medical procedures for many years. When injected into the skin, calcium hydroxylapatite helps to stimulate collagen production, leading to an improvement in skin elasticity and the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. It is beneficial for enhancing volume in areas such as the cheeks, temples, and jawline.
Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable and biocompatible synthetic substance used in medical procedures for many years. It works by stimulating the production of collagen, leading to an improvement in skin texture and volume. Poly-L-lactic acid treats deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.
Polycaprolactone is another synthetic biocompatible substance that is commonly used in medical aesthetics. It works by stimulating collagen production, leading to an improvement in skin texture and volume. Polycaprolactone is particularly useful for enhancing volume in areas such as the cheeks, temples, and jawline and treating nasolabial folds.
How Biostimulators Work
When biostimulators are injected into the skin, they trigger the body’s cells to produce collagen and elastin fibers.
Different types of biostimulators have different modes of action. For instance, calcium hydroxylapatite fills in and supports the skin’s structure, improving volume and firmness. Poly-L-lactic acid and polycaprolactone, on the other hand, work by gradually stimulating collagen production over time. As the body naturally absorbs the biostimulators, the collagen and elastin fibers remain, improving skin texture and volume.
The results of biostimulators are gradual, with improvements appearing over several months., because it takes time for the body to produce new collagen and elastin fibers. However, the results are long-lasting, with some biostimulators providing results that can last up to two years or more.
Benefits Of Biostimulators
Biostimulators offer several benefits for enhancing their appearance without invasive surgery. One of the main advantages of biostimulators is that they provide natural-looking results that can last for an extended period. Patients can achieve a youthful, refreshed appearance without looking “overdone” or fake.
Another benefit of biostimulators is that they are minimally invasive, with most treatments requiring only a few injections. Patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment without significant downtime or a recovery period.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures, biostimulators stimulate the body’s natural collagen production process, making the results gradual and subtle. Patients can achieve the desired results without drastic changes to their appearance.
Biostimulators are versatile and can address many concerns, such as volume loss in the cheeks, temples, jawline, deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. Additionally, biostimulators can enhance body contours like the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. However, we mainly use it for facial rejuvenation at Medbeautiq.
Factors Affecting Biostimulators Efficacy
Several factors can impact the efficacy of biostimulators, including the patient’s age, skin type, and overall health. Older patients may require more treatments to achieve the desired results, as the body’s collagen production decreases with age. Additionally, those with thinner skin may experience less improvement than those with thicker skin, as the biostimulators need a solid foundation to work effectively.
Other factors that can impact the efficacy of biostimulators include smoking, alcohol consumption, and exposure to UV radiation. These lifestyle factors can damage the skin and reduce its ability to produce collagen, which can hinder the effectiveness of biostimulators.
Finally, the type of biostimulator used can also impact its efficacy. Calcium hydroxylapatite may be more effective for inevitable wrinkles and volume loss, while polycaprolactone may better suit body contouring. Therefore, choosing the right type of biostimulator for the desired outcome is essential.
Risks And Side Effects
As with any medical procedure, biostimulators carry some risks and potential side effects. The most common side effects of biostimulators include swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site. These side effects typically resolve within a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses.
Less common side effects of biostimulators may include lumps or nodules at the injection site, which can indicate an inflammatory reaction. In rare cases, biostimulators can migrate to other body parts, causing asymmetry or other cosmetic concerns. Choosing a qualified and experienced healthcare provider is crucial to minimize the risk of complications.
Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions or autoimmune disorders should not undergo biostimulator treatments. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid biostimulators, as their safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been established.
If you want to learn more about biostimulators and how they can benefit your skin’s appearance, consider scheduling a consultation with Medbeautiq. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can evaluate your skin’s unique needs and develop a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results.
Take the first step towards achieving your aesthetic goals by scheduling a consultation with Medbeautiq today. Contact us to learn more about biostimulators and other services and to book your appointment.