As we get older our production of collagen, elastic tissue and hyaluronic acid decreases and so our skin can lose volume and lines can appear. Our natural fat pads in the face diminish and coupled with years of sun exposure, lifestyle factors and gravity, we show the tell tale signs of ageing.
Injectable fillers are a great way to reduce the severity of these lines they are natural or synthetic, fully biodegradable gels which are easily injected using very small needles to replenish the lost volume and literally fill out those lines and hollows, resulting in an instantly smoother and much more youthful appearance. Using a tiny needle, the filler product is injected into the skin or just below it depending on the area being treated. The filler plumps up the layers of skin immediately beneath the area and the result is an instant filling-out effect so that the skin is smoother, less wrinkled and more youthful.
Treatment is not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women, and those with active skin infections such as cold sores. The injections may sting and can be slightly painful but many people experience only mild discomfort. Anaesthetic creams are often used to lessen this discomfort. Since the products are hypoallergenic gels, allergic reactions are extremely rare. Side effects are uncommon but can occur, and include bruising, tenderness, reddening, and occasionally itching. There is usually a little swelling immediately after treatment but in most cases it is very mild. If any of these do occur they usually settle within a few days. Bruising can sometimes be significant and last more than a week, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatories (aspirin, ibuprofen) for at least 7 days before treatment, unless these have been prescribed for a medical reason. Alcohol within the previous 24 hours can also increase the risk of bruising.
Treatments are only carried out after a full medical history has been undertaken. The treatment will usually take about 30 minutes to perform and the results appear instantly. You can carry on with your normal life immediately after treatment. The product is broken down slowly by the body and so the results typically last between 6 months and a year, depending on the particular filler used. After this time you can choose whether to have more treatment to maintain the effect. You should avoid touching the treated area for 6 hours after injection, and avoid applying make-up for the same period. You should expect the area to be a little swollen after treatment but this usually settles within a day or two. Bruising may occur and sometimes takes a couple of days to develop and a week or so to resolve. We recommend ice packs if there is some swelling or inflammation post-treatment and painkillers if required.
Line and Wrinkle Reduction Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and is the most well known brand on the market, although there are other brand names for the same product (Bocouture, Azzalure, Vistabel, Xeomin and Dysport). It works by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, resulting in a dramatically smoother, younger-looking appearance.
The effects are outstanding which is why this is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. Most clients request treatment on one or more of these FACIAL areas: Frown lines between the eyebrows Crow s feet or smile lines around the eyes Horizontal forehead lines Using a tiny needle, small quantities of the protein are injected into the muscles under the skin where wrinkles are most troublesome. The protein temporarily blocks the nerve signal to the muscle, with effects lasting for three months or more. Without the signal, the muscle cannot contract, and as it is muscle contraction that causes wrinkles, the wrinkles disappear.
Millions of people worldwide have had these injections and the safety of the product is well established and beyond doubt. There are a few rare medical conditions which affect muscles, such as myasthenia gravis, and people with these conditions cannot have treatment. Treatment is also not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women. The injections are virtually painless but may cause a minor stinging discomfort. Side effects are uncommon and temporary you may experience bruising or tenderness at the injection site, a mild headache and very occasionally the treatment may not work as some people are immune to the effects of anti-wrinkle injections.
When injecting close to the eye there is a very small chance (significantly less than 1%) of developing a temporary drooping of the eyelid. If this occurs drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally. Many people worry about having a frozen face after anti-wrinkle injections; this is almost always due to poor injection technique. You can rest assured that the techniques we use will not leave you with a frozen face. For six hours after treatment we advise that you avoid exercise, hot baths or alcohol as these can increase blood flow and dilute the effect. It is important to avoid touching the area injected, including applying make-up, as this may actually push the product beyond the intended area. We do encourage you to actively use the treated muscles (e.g. frown or squint) frequently during this initial period as this may enhance the effect. Wrinkles normally begin to disappear after two or three days, and full results are usually seen within ten days. On average the effects last three to four months, but with repeated treatments the results may last longer.