Over the last several years, South Korea established itself as a growing hub for skincare technology and the beauty industry. And one type of product to hold a special place in the industry is injectable products, a form of non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is becoming increasingly popular not only in South Korea but around the world too.
In this article, we will take a look at what Korean injectable products are, what are their types, and how you can benefit from them.
What Are Korean Injectable Products?
Korean injectable products refer to a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic treatments that involve injecting substances into the skin to improve its overall appearance.
As the name suggests, these treatments are non-surgical and consist of only injections. They are often used to fight signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Injectable products are also commonly used to enhance facial features, such as lips, jaw, cheeks, as well as other parts of the body.
Types of Korean Injectable Products
Injectable products are typically used as an umbrella term, addressing a wide range of products that are used for various purposes in various circumstances. To understand better what those products are and what they do, let’s take a look at some of the most popular injectable products.
1. Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum toxin (botox) injections are a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin into specific muscles with the aim of temporarily paralyzing or weakening them. When injected into the muscle, botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, starts blocking the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract. This causes the muscles to relax, helping to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that are caused by repetitive facial expressions, such as frowning or squinting.
Botulinum toxin injections are often used to treat wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. They can also be used to treat medical conditions such as excessive sweating, migraines, and muscle spasms.
2. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are a type of injectable cosmetic treatment that involves injecting hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance naturally occurring in a human’s body, into the skin to add volume, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and enhance facial features. HA additionally hydrates and plumps the skin by improving collagen and elastin production. The fillers are injected into the targeted areas by a professional using fine needles or a cannula.
HA-based fillers are a popular and versatile treatment that offers quite a few benefits to patients. Here are some of them:
- Smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines
- Adding volume to the lips and cheeks
- Enhancing facial contours
- Reshaping targeted areas, including the chin, lips, cheeks, and nose shaping
- Improving skin texture and tone, hydrating and nourishing the skin
- Reducing the appearance of scars
HA fillers ensure visible, yet natural-looking effects that can rage between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the specific product used and the individual’s skin type and metabolism.
3. Collagen-stimulating fillers
Next up are collagen-stimulating fillers. These are a type of dermal filler that works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen, a protein naturally present in the skin that provides structure, support, and elasticity. Over time, the natural production of collagen decreases, resulting in a loss of volume, wrinkles, as well as less hydrated skin.
Collagen-stimulating fillers contain ingredients that stimulate collagen production, such as polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-caprolactone.
The main difference between collagen-stimulating fillers and other filler types is that instead of providing immediate results, collagen-stimulating fillers work gradually over time. They stimulate the body to produce new collagen, which can take several weeks to months to develop. The results then can last up to two years or more.
Due to their effectiveness and non-invasive methodologies, Korean injectable products are gaining more and more popularity among professionals and their patients around the world. The large selection of products available with a varying range of active ingredients ensures that there is a fitting option for different types of needs. Due to the wide range of available products and their effectiveness, Korean injectable products have won a significant part of the global aesthetic medicine market, and continue to attract customers due to their quality and accessibility.