With 2023 well underway and highlights from trade shows taking form it is time to consider the years’ trends within the aesthetic industry. Read on to find out what we have seen in the limelight so far and what the press are recommending to our consumers. Many are existing treatments and procedures but they have been enhanced and improved since being launched.
Skin Boosters – shots for skin rejuvenation
Skin boosters deliver instant solutions as well as long-lasting benefits. Active ingredients are delivered through the skin as an injectable treatment that is formulated to aid in the hydration and rejuvenation to the deeper dermis. The combinations are endless and tailored to individual needs, some popular options include:
- Micro Botox – diminishes pores and delivers smooth skin
- Hyaluronic acid – instant glow and plumping
- Nucleotides, and Polylactic acid – long term collagen stimulation
Injections for Weight Loss – metabolic aesthetics
The concept of injections for weight loss is about treating patients at a metabolic level. The latest name, Ozempic, a diabetes medication that is used to help with weight loss in nondiabetic patients, has already and will continue to see substantial interest in 2023.
Aqualyx is another known name administered by doctors to diminish fat in specific areas. The solution is injected directly into the area of concern. By attaching itself to the fat cells in this area, it can start to dissolve the membrane; breaking down and destroying the unwanted fat cell altogether. The liquified fat will then be absorbed by the body and flushed out naturally, through its own lymphatic system.
Hair Restorations (needling)
Microneedling is known for its restorative benefits to the skin. Improving the overall texture, appearance, decreasing hyperpigmentation, fine lines, pores and wrinkles just to name a few benefits. There is now evidence that suggests Microneedling may also now be a great treatment for hair restoration. Working in the same way, using a small roller device with fine microneedles, small punctures are made on the scalp. Like with normal Microneedling this treatment breaks up collagen strands and stimulates production of elastin fibres. Stimulating the stem cells within the hair follicles can then lead to hair growth. Applying a topical serum following the treatment can further encourage hair growth. Whilst research is limited, studies have shown microneedling combined with minoxidil lotion produced greater improvement in comparison to those who only used Minoxidil.
A new hot tool in regenerative medicine, especially for hair restoration and wound healing. Exosomes is a treatment that involves the use of tiny vesicles which are naturally produced by cells in the body. THey are responsible for the transfer of information from one cell to another and play a key role in various cellular processes, including tissue repair and regeneration.
In exosome therapy, exosomes are isolated and purified from donated human stem cells or other sources, and then injected into the body to promote tissue repair and regeneration.
One of the advantages of exosome therapy is that it is less invasive and potentially less risky than traditional stem cell therapy, which involves the transplantation of live stem cells into the body. Exosomes can also be stored and banked, making them more readily available for future treatments.
Currently applied topically after microneedling or lasering, studies show six times more collagen production and more hair growth in a single treatment of exosomes than in three rounds of PRP.
Science Backed Skin Care
Science based skin care refers to skincare products that are formulated with active ingredients that your skin actually needs, supported by scientific research and evidence. The ingredients, formulations, and methods used in these products and treatments have been studied in controlled laboratory settings, clinical trials, or through other rigorous testing methods to validate their effectiveness and safety.
In recent years we are seeing a huge spike in the creation of scientifically-backed skincare ranges. Including the full spectrum of products and treatments such as moisturisers, serums, exfoliants, sunscreens, and more.
The key ingredients in these science based products you will likely have heard are, Hyaluronic acid, Ceramides, Retinol. As these types of products become more widely available and consumers educate themselves of the benefits of particular ingredients, as aesthetic professionals I’m sure you’ll agree being up to date with the latest science based products and how they might support your clients individual skincare goals will only be beneficial to you and them.
One such science based skincare solution is HYPO21 – It is the perfect cosmetic solution to soothe and support your skin. Based on the science of PURE Hypochlorous Technology (HOCl), this highly effective, electrically charged signalling solution mimics the essence of your body’s natural defence system.
HOCl is a natural part of our internal defence system, produced by white blood cells. HYPO21 is suitable for people who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, acne and spots. The unique Pure HOCl formulation cleanses and purifies and protects the skin but is as gentle as water.
Pure HOCl exists in your body. It’s created by white blood cells as a defence system against infection, bacteria and attacks invading pathogens, breaking down the cell walls before destroying unhealthy invaders. The antimicrobial acid is lethally effective in carrying out its protective mission. Applying HYPO21 to the skin activates an immune boost that helps your client’s skin to stay healthy and heal faster.
- Ultimate protection for your skin and it’s barrier function
- Skin Rehydration
- HYPO21 is suitable for people who may be prone to Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Acne and Breakouts. It is also suitable for diabetic and chronic wounds.
- Suitable for all ages and skin types
- Soothing and fast-acting results
- It leaves no residue and provides the ideal environment for healthy and recovering skin.
- HYPO21 has been tested and is very effective against most strains of Staphylococcus aureus
Hypo 21 has NO Sodium Hypochlorite, NO Phosphoric Acid, NO Alcohol, NO Fragrance.
PRIORI skincare – ’Spa meets aesthetic’
Another amazing science backed skin brand is PRIORI Skincare has a team of the most experienced skin-focused scientists based in San Diego’s Biotech Valley.
Founded in 1983 as a pioneer in biotech-based skincare and based in San Diego’s Biotech Valley, PRIORI is spearheading biotechnology in skincare that addresses unique individual skincare concerns. Their line Decoded Adaptive Skincare does just that, it uses ingredients that adapt to the needs of your skin regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Using active ingredients their products deliver natural DNA repair enzymes deep into the skin.
As consumers absolutely love tailored made packages that address their needs, this could be the brand to incorporate in your client’s tailored treatment programs.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that involves the injection of a concentrated form of platelets taken from the patient’s own blood. Platelets – a type of blood cell that play a key role in the body’s healing process by promoting the formation of blood clots and releasing growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and regeneration – are separated from the rest of the blood. This high concentration of platelets is then re-injected back into part of your body.
PRP therapy has been used in various medical fields, including orthopedics, sports medicine, and dermatology. In orthopedics and sports medicine, PRP injections are often used to treat musculoskeletal injuries, such as tendonitis, muscle strains, and ligament sprains.
In dermatology, PRP is used for skin rejuvenation and is being tested for a possible treatment to promote hair growth in individuals with hair loss. treatment was brought into the limelight back in 2013 when Kim Kardhasin famously had a ‘Vampire Facial’. The procedure takes around 45 mins to 1 hours and patients have been seeing results lasting as long as 12-18 months, results such as:
- Rescued wrinkles
- Less deep creases
- Improved complexion
- Reduction in acne scarring
- Less sagging in the skin
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive and relatively safe procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. However, the efficacy of PRP therapy for various conditions is still being studied, and more research is needed to determine its long-term benefits and potential risks. With the results lasting longer and the demand for the treatment, we could see this one become the preference over other injectables in the near future.