Restylane Skinboosters: Everything You Need to Know



Skinboosters procedure Dr Siew
Skin rejuvenation treatment Restylane Skinboosters is one of the most sought after treatments in Asia now. Here’s what you need to know

It is not an exaggeration to say that Restylane SkinboostersTM has taken the world by storm. These days, “水光针” seems to be on everyone’s mind and lips. “水光针”, Skinbooster’s Chinese (and more popular) name, literally translates to “water bright injections” – a succinct, accurate description of this skin rejuvenation treatment.

Skinboosters treatment is not a to-good-to-be-true fairytale. It is based on science, but like all treatments, there are pros and cons, and there are things it can and cannot do. Here’s what you need to know.

Restylane Skinboosters: What is it?

Restylane SkinboostersTM is a filler treatment which improves skin hydration, firmness and luminosity, through micro-injections of a very soft hyaluronic acid filler into the skin (Restylane Vital or Vital Light).

How Does It Work? How is Skinboosters Different From Other Fillers?

Fillers typically work by filling up volume deficiencies and lifting the skin. For example, the harder fillers in the Restylane family such as SubQ are great for sculpting the chin. Skinboosters, on the other hand, are extremely soft. Instead of exerting mechanical effects, they work via its biochemical properties.

Skinboosters different Restylane Dr Siew
The family of Restylane fillers differ in thickness and lifting capacity. Harder fillers such as Perlane are great for lifting the cheeks. Skinboosters are softer, and serve to hydrate and rejunevate the skin.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule in our skin. It gives our skin the plumpness and hydration associated with youthful, healthy skin. However, over time, our skin loses collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, and it becomes drier, rougher and less elastic.

Restylane Skinboosters reverse the skin aging process by reintroducing hyaluronic acid into the skin. Once injected, the water-loving hyaluronic acid molecules start to absorb water up to 200 times its weight and swell, bringing about profound hydration to the skin from inside out. With dramatically improved hydration, the skin looks plumper, brighter, and more youthful.

At the same time, the Restylane Vital start to stimulate collagen production once injected, giving long term, anti-aging effects.

What are the Benefits?

Restylane Skinboosters are excellent for improving skin texture and tone. Unknown to most, Skinboosters also improve acne scars by plumping them up. The benefits of the treatment include:

  • Smoother skin
  • Improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firmer skin
  • Brighter, more luminous skin
  • Better skin hydration
  • Improvement in acne scars

Is it REALLY That Great a Treatment?

Dr Lam Bee Lan, a fellow doctor with a wealth of experience with Skinboosters, always has this to say: “It is my belief that everyone should have Skinboosters treatment, because everyone and anyone can benefit greatly from it.” And I agree with her wholeheartedly. There are very few treatments, if any at all, which can give the same dramatic improvement in skin texture and colour. For this reason, Restylane Skinboosters has earned its place in the aesthetics hall of fame, and is highly sought after by men and women, especially Asian celebrities.

Which Areas can Be Treated?

Restylane Skinboosters is most often performed on the face and neck, but other areas on the body such as the décolletage can also be treated. In particular, the treatment works extremely well to rejuvenate the hands.

What are the Different Ways of Administering the Treatment?

Skinboosters syringe
Skinboosters are injected into the skin via micro-injections. A injector gun can also be used, but my preferred method is using a needle and my hands, rather than a machine, as this gives me the best control and results.

Restylane Skinboosters are introduced into the skin via microinjections. This can be done with a small needle, or with an injector gun (popularly called the 水光枪). The injector gun sucks the skin before 5 micro-needles deliver the product into skin, and promises to give a more comfortable treatment experience.

Personally, I prefer to use the traditional injection method – using my bare hands, as it allows me to have more control over clinical outcome. Everyone’s skin needs are different, and I personally feel that no machine can replace the clinical acumen of a seasoned pair of hands – but this is really a matter of the doctor’s choice.

The injector gun makes the job easier for the doctor, but the suction can cause bruising. Furthermore, the injector gun often wastes a significant amount of filler – with the gun, I find that at least 20% of filler is not delivered into the skin, and my patients do not get the best results.

What is the Treatment Regime? How Long Does it Last?

Restylane Skinboosters is best done monthly for 3 treatments. The initial intense regime is to ensure that the skin is saturated with hyaluronic acid, and that the treatment kickstarts collagen production process to reverse skin aging.

Subsequent treatments are done every 6 months. The treatment lasts about 6 months.

Who Is Suitable for The Treatment?

Anyone can benefit from the treatment, but in particular, people with dry, aged or dull skin, with large pores, will see the most results. People who have depressed acne scars will also benefit greatly.

What are the Downsides of Restylane Skinboosters? Any Side Effects?

The biggest downside is cost. 3 treatments monthly can set you back by anything from SGD $3000 – $5000. But the good news is that after the initial course, you only need to do it once every 6 months.

Injection related side effects, such as temporary swelling, bruising and pin-prick marks will occur. The degree of these side effects will depend on how sensitive your skin is, the methods your doctor uses to inject, and of course, his or her skill as well. When injected precisely and accurately into the right skin layer, there will be minimal bruising – most of my patients do not have problems going back to work, and other social activities.

Bumpiness on the skin can occur – because these are fillers after all. However, these are mostly temporary, and resolve quickly with some gentle massage.

What Preparations Do I Need to Make?

Please avoid alcohol, NSAIDS (such as aspirin and Synflex), and any supplements which can thin the blood (including Vitamin E, garlic, ginseng) for 2 days before and after the treatment to minimize bruising.

Avoid swimming, strenuous exercise and going to a sauna for a day after the treatment.

Anything I need to Look Out For?

Skinboosters Vital Vital Light Dr Siew
Restylane Skinboosters refer to a treatment which uses Restylane fillers – Vital or Vital Light. Make sure you know what is being injected into your skin.

Restylane Skinboosters refers to a treatment which specifically uses the Restylane fillers – Vital and Vital Light. It can only performed by a doctor. Restylane Vital and Vital Light give such good results because they possess exactly the right properties which can give your skin long-lasting hydration and effects. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor what is being injected into your skin before you get the procedure done.

In general, it takes 2mls of fillers to treat the whole face, and 3mls to treat the face and neck, but this can vary. If you are on a tight budget, consider treating not the entire face, but only parts of it (for example, only the cheeks or forehead) which you are most concerned about.

Restylane Skin Boosters come with some degree of downtime, as it involves numerous injections. So remember to have it done at least a week before your important event.

Most importantly, have a conversation with doctor, and don’t be afraid to know everything you need to know about the procedure, before deciding to have it done.

May you succeed in your quest for radiant, youthful skin!




  1. How long do I need to wait before I can do other laser treatment after this Restylane Skinbooster?
    Alma laser

  2. Hi Pamm,
    This was a most easiest method you shared on this page with the outstanding steps to eliminate the dryness from the Sensitive skin of body in a seven days and increase the beauty of skin by using the hemp seed oil daily according to the period of a time after the recommendations of a doctor and remember the instructions of a doctor which help you to eliminate this kind of skin dryness ,My suggestion is you must go to a doctor one time in a week for starting of proper treatment of eliminating dryness appeared on the Sensitive skin of body for increasing the beauty of skin in a summer season due to the effect of sun rays,keep it in your mind don’t work in the light of sun because the heat of sun with the dust particles of sun rays increase the rough dryness and cracks with lines on the skin due to the demaged of skin layers cells after the working of some time you notice the color of skin become black and cracks with lines are increased on the Sensitive skin of a body this is also a effect of skin cancer . So take care of skin and avoid to work in a light of sun . you also use a mask on the face if necessary to work in the light of sun and also use carrot in the food salad .

  3. Hi Dr Siew,
    I would like to check if I could touchup my undereye area with restylane filler after injecting teosyal redensity 2 at my tear trough area? As I still like the effect of filler more. If it can be done so, how long interval must I wait after my teosyal redensity 2 injection?

  4. I have overfill from this product under both my eyes I look as though I have been punched. How can this be resolved how long does it take to disperse from the body?

    • Hi Sophia,

      Sorry to hear about your experience with the treatment.

      If it is a HA filler, good news is that it can be dissolved. You may want to visit your doctor to get it dissolved.

      Alternatively, you can leave it as it is and it should be absorbed by the body in 6 to 9 months.

      All the best!

  5. I have done multiple sessions of the restylane vital injections for Hydration however there doesn’t seem to be a change can you please advise

    • Darshana – Thanks for your comment. There are many factors that can determine the efficacy of the treatment. For example, your skin may already be in relatively good condition. There might be modest or subtle results. The doctor’s technique in administering the treatment may also have an impact. Another factor that may determine the outcome is the type of filler used.

      Please go to your doctor to have a chat with him.

  6. Hello,
    I did restylane skinbooster 10 days ago, I loved the plumbing after two days of procedure but now I regret really because I think it has hyaluronidase in it & makes my skin sooo thin & worse!!!
    My questions are:
    1/ how long after skinbooster treatment can I go for Derma filler in the same area please?
    2/ why restylane skinbooster is still inapproved by the FDA if it really does contain only Hyaluronic acid?!?
    3/ does skinbooster restylane has hyaluronidase or collagenase in it?!?

  7. Hi Fabienna,
    I wanted to ask how your skin is now after skin booster? I’ve not found anyone else who’s had an adverse reaction like i have. Message me on twitter if you see this @ZaraHusain