The Aquagold Facial: Everything you need to know about microinfusions
If you’re on the hunt for a skin treatment that offers a flawless, poreless, glowing complexion as clear as glass, then look no further. Microinfusions, also commonly referred to as ‘skin botox’, are unlike any other facial available on the market. Whilst it may sound a lot like the standard Botox we’re all familiar with, make no mistake, microinfusions are a whole other beast. Renowned for its instant ‘plumped and lifted look’, we dive deep into the treatment to explain precisely how the procedure works and why you’re going to want to add it to your treatment wish list for 2021.
How does a microinfusion facial work?
The potions are bespoke. The needles, 24k gold-plated. And the intention, clear: plump, juicy, hydrated skin, bursting with radiance from the inside out. A microinfusion facial, also known as Aquagold Fine Touch, involves using a tiny 24k gold micro-channelling device to stamp a bespoke elixir of strategically blended, skin-rejuvenating ingredients into the superficial layer of the skin. There is no exact recipe for the cocktail, but most contain a unique blend of vitamins, Botox, and mesotherapy products based on your individual skin concerns and goals. Popular ingredients include vitamin C, glutathione, hyaluronic acid, and Botox.
Once the ingredients are blended, the device is gently stamped over the face and into the epidermis creating a pathway for the serums to penetrate and seep into the deeper layers of the skin. It can even treat typically hard-to-reach areas including under the eyes and around the nose. With 20 needles per stamp and at a 0.25mm needle length (thinner than a human hair) the gold standard infusion is pain-free with no downtime.
The science behind microinfusions
During treatment, the needles penetrate the skin at a depth of 0.6mm to stimulate cellular renewal in the upper layer of the skin through gentle, controlled damage. The body’s natural healing process begins to produce collagen and elastin to encourage firmer skin, improved texture, brighter tone, extra hydration, and minimisation of pores, blemishes and scars.
The process works very similarly to microneedling however, the main difference between the two treatments is the micro-channelling needles used in microinfusions. The concept is very intuitive – Aquagold involves microneedling a bespoke concoction of active ingredients deeper into the skin to help it glow.
The benefits of a microinfusion facial
Whilst this facial is well-known for ramping up skin radiance, the treatment perks don’t end there. Patients of all skin types and ethnicities can really benefit, with minimal downtime, at any time of year. The unique blend of ingredients chosen for a given patient will influence the exact effects of the treatment. A neurotoxin, such as Botox is a common ingredient in microinfusion formulas. Since it’s entering skin, not muscle, it doesn’t work to minimise muscle movement, but instead, it relaxes the tiny arrector pili muscles to reduce the appearance of pores and improve the skin’s overall texture. Injecting tiny droplets of toxin into the skin has also been shown to diminish sebum production, making it an excellent treatment option for blemish-prone skin.
Infusions are commonly laced with hyaluronic acid, which acts as an internal moisturiser, drawing water into the skin to plump up cells and enhance natural radiance.
Other skin serums, vitamins and peptides are often added into the mix, to brighten the complexion, preventing free-radical damage, alleviating redness, and halting inflammation and pigment production.
What are the results, and how long do they last?
The effects are subtle, but powerful, and will vary depending on the precise ingredients in the custom infusion, and the patient’s skin type. Enhanced hydration and a slight plumping of the skin may appear within minutes to hours of treatment, but other effects usually won’t register straight away. A toxin’s influence, such as oil reduction, tightening pores and quietening redness – can take a week or two to show. There may be other compounds in the mix that provide invisible skin protection or offer rewards that take a little more time (or multiple treatments) to accrue.
Long-term benefits will come from the process of the microneedling itself, which stimulates your own natural collagen production to minimise fine lines and wrinkles.
Overall, the results tend to last for three to four months, so most patients opt for a course of monthly or quarterly sessions to recharge and amplify the effects over time.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.