An x-ray style study of the face provides clues about the aging process – the repeated contraction of facial muscles leads to the fatty tissue being pulled down and sideways on the face and neck. As a result there is a reduction in the volume of the lips, chin and nasal-to-mouth grooves. The skin gradually becomes thinner and tends to crease.
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTO HYALURONIC ACID
Medically, there are 4 stages to the treatment:
1. BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) is used to reduce the amplitude of muscular contractions.
2. The lost volume is restored either by injections of the patient’s own fatty cells (lipo-structuring) or of dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid or calcium derivatives that boost the natural collagen levels and therefore give longer-lasting results.
There are two types of products – absorbable and permanent.
It is vital to inject only products than can be absorbed into the face. As “time waits for nobody” a wrinkle that has been treated will be replaced by an adjacent one in a matter of months. It is therefore necessary to have regular injections (once or twice a year). There is no benefit in injecting more “permanent” products that do not produce better clinical results. Furthermore, should a “permanent” product provoke an allergic reaction, it will be much more difficult to treat. There is therefore no advantage in using permanent products.
However, hyaluronic acid products (Juverderm, Glytone, Restylane, Perlane etc…) and skin boosters (Radiesse) when used are genuinely safe for your face and results can last for between 6 to 24 months.