Polynucleotides are an injectable treatment that stimulates collagen and elastin in the skin to improve skin quality, fine lines, scarring, pigmentation and more. Essentially, they target any signs of ageing through repair and rejuvenation. This highly safe treatment, suitable for all skin types and tones, has been game-changing in aesthetic medicine for over 40 years. This treatment is particularly effective at transforming the under-eye area but can also be used on the neck, cheeks, and lower face for all-over rejuvenation.
So, what are polynucleotides? What is injected? Our body's unique DNA comprises strands of protein molecules called polynucleotides. The polynucleotides tell the other cells in the body what to do. Think of them like a rule book. Part of their responsibility is the production of proteins, collagen and elastin - the vital components of keeping the skin looking young, which depletes with age and cause fine lines, pigmentation, skin sagging and more. By injecting polynucleotides back into the skin, we speed up cell turnover, causing more collagen and elastin to be produced.
Polynucleotides used in aesthetic treatments are derived from salmon or trout DNA. They are diluted into water and injected into the skin.
It may be helpful to consider this treatment a cross between tear trough filler and skin boosters. Like tear trough filler, it gives you a bit of volume but is perfect for people who aren’t suitable candidates for tear trough filler due to poor skin laxity or puffy eyes, for example. Like skin boosters, they also improve skin quality, fine lines and pigmentation.
We use very fine needles for this treatment and numbing cream, so the treatment shouldn’t be painful at all. Unlike a treatment such as a tear trough filler, this treatment is not one-and-done, and you will need 3-4 sessions. Results usually last 6-12 months, so we recommend maintenance sessions around these marks. Because this is a regenerative treatment, your body will keep ageing, so maintenance is essential for that boost of collagen and elastin.