What are polynucleotides?
Polynucleotides are part of the new generation of regenerative skin treatments which do not physically augment the skin, rather ‘speak’ with the skin on a cellular level to promote healing and rejuvenation.
Polynucleotides are chains of regenerative proteins which have been ethically derived from the DNA of salmon and trout. These ingredients, when injected in to the skin by a medical professional offer a powerful antioxidant action, stimulating fibroblast cells as well as growth factors, which help regenerate the production of collagen and elastin fibres, reduce cell damage caused by UV light and help to improve the appearance of scars. This process is referred to as bio-revitalization. Skin quality is enhanced and radiance restored. Wrinkles are reduced and skin laxity improved. Scars and stretch marks are less prominent and there is a renewed, healthy glow to the skin.
There are lots of different polynucleotide brands out there. Dr Dan Dhunna only uses the highest quality products made in the top laboratories in Italy and Korea, with the highest percentage composition to ensure the best results.
What happens during a treatment with Polynucleotides?
This treatment should only be performed by a medical professional who understands the advanced injection techniques required for a safe procedure and effective outcome. Needles or micro-cannulas can be used, depending on your individual requirements. The polynucleotides can also be implanted into the very surface of the skin using a microneeedling dermapen. The treatment is very tolerable, however, if you are particularly sensitive or concerned about discomfort, a topical anaesthetic can be applied beforehand.
Where can Polynucleotides be effective?
Polynucleotides are extremely versatile and unlike BOTOX® they do not affect underlying muscle movement and unlike dermal fillers, will not physically volumise skin tissues. Therefore they can be used anywhere on the face or body where rejuvenation is required. These include tricky areas such as the eyelids and eye area, around the mouth, the hands and the skin of the neck including those pesky horizontal necklace lines, which until now, have been notoriously tricky to treat.
What is the difference between Polynucleotides, Dermal fillers and Skin boosters?
Polynucleotides actually regenerate the tissue directly so unlike dermal fillers such as Juvederm they are not designed to fill or lift tissues. Skin boosters like Profhilo contain high percentage hyaluronic acid which acts as an injectable moisturiser rather than filling.
Polynucleotide formulas do exist that combine their bio-revitalisation effects with the added hydration and moisturisation of skin boosters. At your consultation Dr Dan Dhunna will discuss the different options with you.
How many treatments will I need?
Before a treatment using Polynucleotides can be performed, Dr Dan Dhunna requests that you attend a no obligation consultation. He will discuss with you what is bothering you about your skin and assess your skin tone, texture and hydration.
A Polynucleotide treatment will usually consist of 3 sessions, 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by a booster treatment, once every 6-8 months to maintain initial results.
Are there any side-effects?
As with any injectable treatment you might experience some slight swelling, tenderness and pin-prick bruising, following your treatment, but this should not normally require any time off work or at-home recovery. You may use mineral makeup after 24 hours and the use of arnica, as well as reducing alcohol consumption for a few days before your treatment is recommended to help avoid any bruising.
When will I see the results?
The results from your treatment can start to be seen at around 4 weeks after your initial treatment, however, it can take a few weeks after your third session for full results to manifest.
Before and after treatment