WRINKLE RELAXING INJECTIONS
Wrinkle relaxing injections are suitable for almost anyone who has wrinkles or fine skin lines and is looking to reduce their appearance. Lines and wrinkles are unfortunately just a natural sign of ageing but they can also develop through exposure to the sun and because of frowning.
These injections contain a substance called botulinium toxin type A which is a naturally occurring protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. The muscles relax because the toxin interferes with the messages that are sent to the muscles by the nerves. Without the messages being relayed to the muscle it cannot contract so it will stay in its resting state. It lasts for as long as it takes for these messages to get through again. This will start from around 8 weeks but results tend to last 3-4 months.
Treatment is therefore aimed at dynamic lines or the lines which are a result of an expression or muscle movement. Static lines are those which are present all the time without changes to your expression are not suitable for this kind of treatment.
A very fine needle is used (and thus should not be painful) to instil a very small volume of the toxin into the muscle. The areas that can be treated are extensive. I offer frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines. The only areas the product I use are licenced for are frown lines and crows feet. All other uses are ‘off label’.
The area to be treated should be free of make up prior to treatment & you should avoid wearing it for a further 12 hours after treatment. Avoid extremes of hot & cold, vigorous exercise, rubbing or wearing tight hats or using cleansing wipes on the day of treatment. You should keep moving your expressions as the toxin is attracted to active muscles.
These are a substance that is injected beneath the skins surface to smooth out lines, add volume and contour. The product I use is a Hyaluronic acid based filler. It is a naturally occurring sugar which is present in our bodies. It attracts water which is why although it creates an instant change there is a further gradual improvement over 2-6 weeks after the procedure. Because it is naturally occurring the body will break down HA. How long that takes is variable but your treatment should last up to a year.
The effects of the procedure are instant, and no anaesthetic is required as there is a local anaesthetic agent within the filler. There is the option to use a numbing cream beforehand. The procedure can vary from individual to individual depending on what you want to achieve and the severity of wrinkles you wish to treat. A few tiny injections are made into the skin.
You are advised not to wear make-up for 12 hours afterwards & avoid vigorous exercise. Also avoid extremes of temperature for 2 weeks afterwards, like saunas and sunbeds or intense cold.
Potential side effects include issues relating to the injection like redness and bleeding. There can be swelling and bruising also. Because the skin integrity is interrupted there is a risk of infection also. The skin is cleaned prior to the procedure and the needles are single use & sterile. Lumps can occur – if these do not settle with massage they can be rapidly dissolved.
The procedure should not be done if the skin has any sort of infection. If you suffer from cold sores I will give you a private prescription for medication to prevent this. The procedure should be postponed if you have a cold or feel unwell in any way.
PCA CHEMICAL PEELS & SKIN CARE
After a thorough skin consultation Dr Roz will customise your skin treatment and maybe suggest a skin care regime to follow. The PCA range is an award winning range which uses the science we know about our skin to create fantastic results. A one off treatment can create a beautiful glow, while a course will give sustained and most visible benefits.
Things you should know before your first chemical peel....Peeling is exfoliation. When your skin peels or flakes after a treatment your skin is shedding dead or damaged surface cells and revealing new, healthy skin cells on the surface. This action is called cell turnover. Supporting the cell turnover process with chemical peels is what allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface, free of signs of aging, sun damage, dirt and debris. The result is glowing skin.
You won’t necessarily experience visible peeling. That doesn’t mean your treatment was ineffective. Everyone experiences different levels of peeling, dependent upon skin type, resilience, type of peel and the number of layers applied. Some people experience ‘sheeting,’ when large portions of the skin peel off at once. Some experience ‘flaking,’ when small pieces of skin peel off, similar to dry, winter skin or mild peeling after a sunburn. Others experience exfoliation that is not visible. If you don’t peel, your skin is still exfoliating. In this case, the exfoliation is happening on a cellular level that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Typically, the deeper the peel you receive, the more extensive peeling you will experience.