We all want that seemingly elusive dewy glow. And now we can use hyaluronic acid to achieve it (yes, hyaluronic acid is for more than just volume and contouring). Its water-attracting properties make it perfect for providing luminosity to the skin – and it even helps hydrate tricky areas like the elbows, knees and neck.

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By injecting tiny amounts of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) superficially into your skin, we can airbrush away small textural issues and dramatically boost moisture and luminosity. It works beautifully on its own or in combination with other treatments.


Excellent at treating discoloration, including that caused by sun exposure, fine lines, and textural irregularities as well as reducing redness and promoting brighter, firmer skin, its ‘lightly cross-linked’ hyaluronic acid (it also contains humectant glycerol) means it draws more water into the skin. Something of a star treatment, Belotero Revive can increase skin softness, firmness & hydration by up to seven, six & nine months respectively, while decreasing pigmentation issues for as long as nine months. We normally recommend one treatment every two to four weeks, ideally three times.



This injectable moisturiser uses minute quantities of a hyaluronic acid called Profhilo to inject a lustrous, healthy glow into your skin. We recommend two to three treatments delivered one month apart that can be repeated every three to six months to maintain results.


We can also use Teosyal Redensity 1 to deep-down infuse healthy vitamins and minerals into your skin. The formula contains highly nutritional elements such as glutathione, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin B6 to help your cellular functions work at their best. Teosyal Redensity 1 typically involves three initial sessions delivered a month apart with follow-ups every three to six months.


Specially formulated for reducing fine lines while delivering a hydration hit, this treatment works well for the backs of hands, around the mouth for vertical lip lines, and around the eyes for fine lines. Only a single treatment is required, repeated every six months should you wish to do so.


Nucleofill is superb for patients keen to try something different to hyaluronic acid, with its hyper-nourishing, tissue-fortifying properties – a polynucleotide-based gel rather than a hyaluronic acid-deploying substance (polynucleotides are essentially the building blocks of human DNA, so fundamental to restoring cellular function), which forms a kind of reservoir of these essential elements within the skin. Learn more about the treatment here.

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How long have injectable moisturisers been used for?

Injectable moisturisers are a combination of mesotherapy and hyaluronic acid. Mesotherapy has been used for over 100 years and hyaluronic acid has been in use in this fashion since 1996.

What are the different types of injectable moisturiser?

  • BELOTERO® Revive – the latest injectable hyaluronic acid, skin booster designed to rejuvenate the quality of skin and revitalise the early signs of sun damage. An effective early intervention treatment that offers a natural-looking and enhanced skin look by targetting dehydrated skin, loss of elasticity and firmness, getting into any superficial fine lines and smoothing out any uneven pigmentation and texture. The additional of glycerol in BELOTERO® Revive means that your results last even longer too.
  • Profhilo – five injections points are placed on either side of the face, although it can use used almost anywhere on the body. The product then spreads out beneath the surface of the skin. Usually two to three sessions are required for the best results.
  • Juvéderm Volite – multiple small injections are placed in the areas to be treated to give hydration. This treatment works best for fine lines and uneven skin texture. It can even be used for acne scarring. One to two sessions are recommended for the best results.
  • Teosyal Redensity 1 – small injections are placed in the skin to give hydration and complexion boosting nutrients of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. The contents are zinc, copper, arginine, vitamin B6, glutathione, isoleucine, leucine, valine, glycine, lysine, threonine, proline, n-acetyl-cystine and alpha lipoic acid. Three sessions are advised to achieve the best results.

Are injectable moisturisers a medicine?

Injectable moisturisers are classified as a medical device, meaning regulation around their use and production is much laxer than it is for medicines. We only use dermal fillers produced by reputable pharmaceutical companies such as Allergan, IBSA and Teoxane.

How do injectable moisturisers work?

Injectable moisturisers improve the condition of the skin, thanks to the water-binding capacity of hyaluronic acid. They increase the elasticity of the skin and encourage collagen production, leading to an overall improvement in skin appearance, softening fine lines, giving an improved luminescence and a hydrated look.

What other uses are there?

They can also be used to decrease the appearance of acne scars, and work very well on the neck and décolletage to improve poor skin quality and crêpe skin. In fact, they can be used anywhere on the body where the skin texture could be improved. Popular areas include the inner thighs, buttocks, arms, hands, elbows and knees. They can also be used to lighten dark circles under the eyes.

How are dermal fillers produced?

Hyaluronic acid is produced by a bacterium, usually Streptococci or Bacillus, which is then processed and sterilised. Cross-links are placed between the chains to create a flexible lattice work structure.

Are dermal fillers vegan?

The first non-animal based hyaluronic acid product, Restylane, was introduced in 2003. Since then, all fillers produced by the major companies –  such as Juvéderm, Belotero and Teosyal – all contain non-animal hyaluronic acid. These products, however, will at some point have been tested on animals, as is required by government regulations prior to sale in certain countries.

Can this treatment be for men?

Yes, this treatment is suitable for anyone who loves to keep their skin in good condition. Including men!

Why are injectable moisturisers used?

We use them first to replace collagen and water lost from the skin with age. Hyaluronic acid is used as an injectable moisturiser, which hydrates the skin from the inside as hyaluronic acid holds water within the skin, and also makes the skin produce more collagen in response to it being there.

Can this be described as preventative?

Yes, absolutely, and it works very well to prevent small lines and wrinkles forming. Due to the collagen growth that it can stimulate, it can help to prevent future sagging; injectable moisturiser can be particularly helpful in the eye area for this scenario.

Can I just use a cream to get the same result?

Topical skincare is limited to the outer layers of the dermis and cannot penetrate deeply to give the required plumping effect. By injecting hyaluronic acid, we can ensure that there is water held at the right level in the dermis to provide an improved appearance.

What areas of the face can be treated?

Pretty much any area of the face or body can be treated using injectable moisturiser. The face is the most popular area to treat, but the neck and décolletage are also often injected. For wrinkly elbows or knees, this can be a good way to boost hydration, and the inner thighs or buttocks are also commonly treated. Many patients like to have their lips treated to improve fine vertical lines – but without giving more volume, as they prefer to keep their natural lip shape.

Is there anything it can’t treat?

These treatments are great for improving the texture of the skin, but they do not give any volume to the face. Therefore, if volume replacement or lifting is necessary, we will need to use a different sort of treatment.

How does the appointment work?

  • First, we decide what injectable moisturiser is right for you, as they all have slightly different properties. If you are having Profhilo, you don’t need any topical anaesthetic as the number of injections is quite small. If you are having Juvéderm Volite or Teosyal Redensity 1, for sensitive areas you might need topical anaesthetic applying around 45 minutes beforehand.
  • There will be small bumps on the skin immediately after the procedure. Bumps from Profhilo typically dissipate after 6-24 hours and look a little like a small mosquito bite. After treatment with Teosyal Redensity 1 or Juvéderm Volite, the skin will be more red.
  • Any makeup will be removed, and a picture taken of the area we are going to treat. Following treatment, the skin is cleaned. After the treatment, there can sometimes be some small red marks on the skin, but these should fade quickly.

How can I avoid bruising?

If you’re prone to bruising, you may wish to use arnica or bromelain. Most people will experience either no bruising (or a very small amount), which can easily be covered over with makeup.

How should I get ready for the procedure?

It’s helpful if you don’t wear any makeup when you come in for the procedure, in order to reduce the risk of infection – but don’t worry, we can take it off for you. If you’re prone to bruising, you may want to get some arnica or bromelain. If you have an important event coming up, you should schedule your treatment carefully, so you have an appropriate amount of time between the procedure and your event.

Does it hurt?

Each Profhilo injection feels like a sharp scratch followed by pressure for around five seconds. Treatments carried out using Juvéderm Volite or Teosyal Redensity 1 are quicker, but involve more pin pricks. Juvéderm Volite and Teosyal Redensity 1 contain local anaesthetic to numb the skin whereas Profhilo does not. No treatment is completely pain-free; however, we always do all we can to minimise discomfort, including the use of topical anaesthetic or ice where necessary.

Will my face go numb?

Yes, if you’ve had topical local anaesthetic – but once this has worn off, you’ll quickly feel normal again. Many injectable moisturisers contain local aesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable, which typically wears off after a couple of hours. They do not make the face numb after this time period.

Can I put makeup on?

You can wear sterile surgical makeup following your procedure, which we have at the clinic. Please don’t put your regular makeup on until the day after the procedure, to minimise the risk of infection.

When does it start to work?

You will normally see a change begin to occur around five days after treatment, and this will continue to improve for the next couple of months once the course of treatment is finished.

Can I go to work afterwards?

Most people are fine to return to work after a couple of hours if Profhilo has been used. Due to the small pin pricks all over the face with Juvéderm Volite or Teosyal Redensity 1, you may not wish to immediately return to work until the next day. This is not strictly necessary though, and many patients go back to work, or commence social activities straight afterwards.

Can I have this treatment whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?

This treatment is not approved for use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

How often can I have injectable moisturisers?

There are set treatment protocols which should be adhered to for the best results which vary according to the product used. In most cases, this will involve two to three sessions of Profhilo spaced one month apart, and then a follow-up treatment every three to six months. Juvéderm Volite requires one to two sessions and a follow-up treatment every six months. Teosyal Redensity 1 should be used every month for three months and then once every three to six months to maintain results.

What happens if I never have it again?

Over time, you will see the skin return to your pre-treatment state, although this can take some time to occur due to the collagen stimulation cases by a dermal filler treatment.

How old should I be to have injectable moisturisers?

For any non-surgical procedure, you should be at least 18. We prefer slightly older patients, ideally over about 25 to ensure you’ve had sufficient time to consider whether this treatment is for you. Generally, most people would be in their late twenties to consider a treatment like this; however, in the case of acne scarring, for example, it may be appropriate to begin sooner.

Will I look natural?

Absolutely, there is no difference in the shape or structure of the face after this treatment. The only change is glowing skin!

Will I still be able to move my face?

Yes, facial movement is not affected at all by this treatment.

What can go wrong?

While complications are rare, they can and do happen. This can range from a bruise or swelling that lasts a little longer than anticipated, to asymmetry in the face, to more serious issues like allergy, infection, vessel occlusion and retinal artery occlusion. Thankfully, these more serious complications are extremely rare.

Is this the same as wrinkle relaxation or fillers?

No, injectable moisturiser is used to improve the texture and tone of the skin and does not give additional volume, nor does it affect the way a muscle works as wrinkle relaxation would.

Can I use this with other treatments?

Yes, absolutely, and it is very common to combine injectable moisturisers with traditional dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxation, ULTRAcel or any other cosmetic treatment.

Should I go for mesotherapy, injectable moisturiser, carboxytherapy or PRP for dark circles?

All are effective; sometimes it’s better to combine the type of treatment carried out in order to get the best results.

Can I have mesotherapy in conjunction with PRP?

Yes, and this is one of the more popular ways of injecting PRP. This can either be done using the epidermic, nappage or papule technique. When using either the nappage or papule technique, it may be necessary to use topical anaesthesia beforehand.

I want skin rejuvenation. Should I go for injectable moisturiser or mesotherapy?

It’s our preference to do a more traditional injectable moisturiser treatment rather than mesotherapy if possible, as this tends to give a more impactful result.

Anything else I need to know?

Please note that you are paying for the treatment only and no guarantee is made of any outcome. Refunds cannot be given under any circumstances, as the product has been used and the service has been delivered.


TLC The Lovely Clinic, Chelsea DR Sarah Tonks