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Cosmetic Injections

One of the challenges we face as we age is the desire of our appearance to reflect the way we feel inside. As a result, more and more of us are actively seeking cosmetic medical professionals for facial rejuvenation advice.

Aging is a natural process which happens gradually over time as a result of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Thinking about how our face changes over time it is easy to only focus on the outward signs such as lines & wrinkle that appear on the surface. However the outward signs of aging are merely the result of changes that are occurring within the different layers of the facial structure. It is extremely important that we consider these structures as well.

What Happens as we Age:

SKIN:

Internal and external influences are factors to consider when we think of the way the skin ages. Internal influence such hormone fluctuation, slowing of collagen and elastin production, DNA, genetics all play an important role in the way each of us ages. Most commonly collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid production decreases and the support structure of the skin becomes more fragile. Sebaceous activity within the skin also slows, which reduces the skin ability to maintain water and stay supple.

Externally the most common accelerated aging factor is sun damage or photo aging, Having effects on both colour and texture.

VOLUME:

It is the presence of collagen and hyaluronic acid that give the face it's youthful contours and volume. One of the main changes to occur over time is the loss of this volume. Our cheeks for example are at their most voluminous and smooth when we are babies. A young looking face can be compared to an egg, with the narrower part of the egg pointing down. when we are young we have a fine, defined jaw line with smooth contours & our cheeks and upper face are full of volume. The overall shape and contour of the face however changes with age. As we get older the egg can start to turn upside down. This is because we lose facial volume, our skin can become thinner & the effect of gravity become apparent.

MUSCLE:

Over time our facial muscles lose strength and tone reducing the amount of support they provide to the soft tissues above them. When we are young our skin springs back to it's initial position easily when we make facial expressions. However as we age the repeated action of the facial muscles - combined with a loss of skin elasticity - means that the dynamic wrinkles ( those formed during facial expressions) remain on the skin and form static wrinkles ( the wrinkles and folds that are present at rest).

BONE:

The bones of our face from the 'foundation' over which the other layers sit. As we age, the structure of our bones change which can cause the foundation to become more or less prominent in relation to each other. This, in turn, can affect the look of fullness in these areas or can subtly alter the balance of our features.

HOW DO DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE FACE AGE:

At different points in our lives maturity affects our appearance in different ways. In our 20's we begin to see changes such as decrease in the skin free water levels(hydration), sun damage and hormonal skin changes, all of which can speed up the onset of aging. Through our 30's and 40's we experience more prominent signs including decreased elasticity, capillaries, and in some people and increase in pore size.

Wrinkles and volume loss also begin to appear. By our 50's & 60's the skin, volume, muscle and bone are apparent.

THE UPPER FACE:

The signs of aging that we notice in the upper face are generally the result of muscle contraction, weakening of the ligaments and loss of fullness in soft tissue, which cause the appearance of horizontal and vertical lines. This is when we start to notice wrinkles around our eyes that form when we smile & lines between our eyebrows as a result of frowning. The height of the eyebrows also reduces over time, which can create a tired or 'hooded' look to our eye area.

THE MID FACE:

Aging of the mid face is important to understand as the perception of facial attractiveness is generally based around the synergy between the eye's, nose, lips and cheek bones. The primary causes of appearance of aging here changes in the bone structure, reduced soft tissue volume and the movement of fat. One of the first noticeable signs is the developments of the nasiolabial fold ( the fold of skin that runs from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth). This is formed when fat and soft tissue that normally sits high on our cheeks starts to lower. This is often combined with the formation of tear troughs - area of volume loss under the eyes abd a general reduction of youthful fullness of the cheek area.

THE LOWER FACE:

It's typical in our 40's and 50's that our lower face begins to show visible signs of aging as our muscle tone decreases. In the lower face, loss of volume and loosening of the ligaments cause soft tissue to accumulate near the jaw and chin to form jowls. This loss of volume can also give the impression that the chin is widening.

The lips are key focus point when communicating and especially in terms of attraction. Over time the outer layer of the lips becomes thinner and corners of the mouth can begin to drop. The v-shaped area of upper lip ( cupids bow) begins to flatten out and our lips become elongated and lose fullness. Vertical lip lines can also begin to appear, which is what cause lipstick to bleed.

FAQ'S

 

HOW DOES THIS TREATMENT WORK?

This treatment used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are wrinkles that form during facial expressions) Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make undesirable facial expressions. as a result the lines gradually smooth.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?

A natural purified protein that targets wrinkle causing muscles & relaxes them to create a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient is derived bacteria in much the same way as penicillin is derived from mould & is a prescription-only medication and the treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE:

This treatment is a non surgical procedure whereby a small amount of the product is injected into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally the treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief & no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed. After the injection it can take 2-3 days for the treatment to start taking effect & approximately 7 days to see the full effect. The dose for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your clinician will know the best dose for you and where to inject to give you the best possible results.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?

The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments the effect may last longer.

DOES THE TREATMENT CAUSE MORE WRINKLE TO FORM?

The treatment will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to continue with further treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.

WILL FACIAL EXPRESSIONS BE AFFECTED?

The treatment works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including facial muscles, should not be affected. Your clinician will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

In addition to it's use for cosmetic reasons, this treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including spasticity due to cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulders and face), and several axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning\stinging, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids\eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching\itching forehead, nausea and flu like symtoms.

HOW LONG HAS THE TREATMENT BEEN USED?

This treatment has been used within Australia in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first used in Australia for movement disorders (eye\face) in 1993.

FACIAL REJUVENATION:

 

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

This product is a range of dermal skin fillers that a carefully injected beneath the skins surface to diminish the depth of facial folds and wrinkles, to gently restore structure and volume to the skin and lips. It is designed to add natural looking volume and restore the youthful contours of the face. Your clinician will know what product is best for you and the area to be treated.

WHAT IS THIS TREATMENT?

The product is made from a naturally occurring complex sugar called hyaluronic acid. Found within tissues of living cells including the human skin, HA assists in hydration by attracting and holding water. It also combines with collagen and elastin to help provide skin structure and elasticity.

WHERE CAN THIS INJECTABLE GEL BE USED?

It can be used to enhance or rejuvenate both the body and border of the lips. It can be used to create volume with a natural look and feel to the lip body, increase the definition of the lip border, decrease lip lines that can cause lipstick to bleed, restore a more youthful and upturned angle to the corners of the mouth and create a stronger cupids bow.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?

The treatment is a non surgical procedure administered through a few injections by a trained medical professional. Your medical professional may also decide to administer a topical or local anaesthetic to help numb the area being treated The procedure usually takes between 15-30 minutes and the majority of people resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT LAST?

The longevity of the treatment varies from person to person depending on how quickly your body naturally metabolises the HA. Generally results should last up to 12 months. However to maintain the benefits your clinician may recommend that you attend a review appointment in 6 months time.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

As HA is a naturally occurring complex sugar it naturally present with the skin tissue, there is no need for an allergy pre test before treatment. HA dermal fillers have been clinically studied for many years and clinical trials have shown that the product is well tolerated. The injection itself should cause minimal discomfort and while you may experience no side effects at all, if you do they are generally temporary and injection site related. there is a chance you may experience treatment area redness, pain, swelling, lumps\bumps, bruising (ask the SKINSATIONAL team how we can help you combat you bruising), itching or discolouration. These effects are generally temporary, however, they may last up to a week. the majority of people resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN USED?

The product has been used in facial rejuvenation and enhancement medicine for 10 years. The treatment has been available in Europe since 2000 and in Australia since 2006.

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