Ageing presents in many ways on the face and isn’t just limited to lines and wrinkles or a loss of elasticity to the skin. As we age, skin will lose tone, becoming dry and uneven in texture, perhaps feeling rough. Skin can also suffer from changes in pigmentation or photo-damage which creates uneven patches of skin colour, or age spots, as well as dark under-eye circles. Exposure to sun is partly to blame but genetics, lifestyle choices and the natural pathway of getting older all play a part.
This means that as well as addressing deeper lines and wrinkles with dermal fillers or relaxing dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines or crow’s feet, with botulinum toxins to allow the skin to recover; it’s important to consider treatments which can help to restore the whole of the skin, rejuvenate and stimulate the building blocks of new skin.
One such treatment is Sunekos®.
Sunekos is a new cosmetic injectable product, which like other dermal filler ranges we use, contains hyaluronic acid. What makes Sunekos special is the patented formula of amino acids, which is added alongside the hyaluronic acid to create the injected product. This potent mix of amino acids which includes glycine, L-proline, L-leucine, L-lysine HCI, L-valine and L-alanine help to regenerate the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) – the building blocks which help to make the wall – by stimulating fibroblasts, or skin cells, to produce new collagen and elastin, repairing and rebuilding skin. This process is referred to as a dermal biogenesis, literally skin regeneration.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of our skin which draws in water to act as a natural moisturiser, keeping skin hydrated and plump, both of which are signs of youthful skin. HA is made by our bodies daily, but, as we age, we produce less natural HA and our skin suffers in appearance because of it. Amino acids are made by our bodies and are essential for the creation of healthy skin, acting as the precursors to the formation of new collagen and elastin.
Sunekos offers two different treatment options for skin regeneration, which can be performed separately or in combination – Sunekos 200 and Sunekos 1200.
Sunekos 200 contains a low molecular weight HA and Sunekos 1200 is a medium molecular weight HA. The former can be used alone to treat the face, neck, décolletage and hands and is great for younger people. If additional ‘cushioning’ is required in the case of lax, sagging skin or deeper lines and wrinkles, then the Sunekos 1200 can be combined to give extra scaffold support for the dermal biogenesis.
Clinical trials have shown that hyaluronic acid products on their own can cause biorevitalisation in the skin, stimulating fibroblasts, but the addition of the amino acids is like adding extra fuel to a fire, their presence stimulates and directly targets the ECM fibroblasts which is important when it comes to rebuilding the dermal layers of the skin. Participants in trials reported improvements in wrinkles, skin plumpness and hydration, as well as a lifting effect.
I recommend a course of three to four weekly treatments to achieve the best results with Sunekos 200, followed by a repeated course of treatments every six months. If extra support is required with Sunekos 1200, then this will be injected a few days before treatment commences with Sunekos 200. You will start to notice the effects of treatment after a week or so as skin begins to rejuvenate.