Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

 

Keeping your face smooth and supple is no easy task. Wrinkles form as our skin gets older and less elastic, and the sun does its fair share of damage too. Injectable anti ageing treatments are a quick and convenient way to smooth out those lines on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth without need for surgery.

There are three main classess of anti-wrinkle treatments. An experienced practitioners should be able to choose the most appropiate combination for your needs.

 

Muscle Relaxants

Relaxants are made from naturally occuring substance produced by bacteria (Botulinum Toxin; Botox). There are over 30 commercially available preparation, but only a few are approved for human use. They differ in their parameters and should be chosen individually for optimal results.

They work by preventing muscles from over-contracting (see below) which stops lines and wrinkles from forming. For this reason they are not only great for smoothing existing wrinkles, but are also great when used early, before wrinkles form in the first place.

Muscle relaxants (such as Botox) prevent muscles from contracting and does not allow wrinkles to form Muscle relaxants (such as Botox) prevent muscles from contracting and does not allow wrinkles to form

 

Treatments target only the small, specific muscles responsible for unwanted lines and wrinkles, meaning your normal facial expressions should remain unaffected. Administered correctly by an experienced medical practitioner they can subtly smooth and soften the skin, restoring a youthful complexion.

Botulinum toxin is also used in treatment of some medical conditions (muscle spasms, salivary gland disorders, vocal cord paralysis). There is limited evidence that they might offer some benefits in migraines or depressions (however this is not yet an established practice). 

Advanced use of botox allows to model the look of the face and even out facial assymetry. Other applications include treatment of excessive swaeting (hyperhidrosis) of palms of the hand or under armits. 

 

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are made from biocompatible, biodegradable materials that contains Hyaluronic Acid, which replaces the naturally existing substance in your skin that repairs damaged tissue. There are different types of fillers registered for use in Europe (over 140), but only 6 of them are licensed by the FDA in the USA due to stricter regulations.

Some are natural and other can be synthetic, but they all work in similar way. Fillers might differ in their properties, lenght of effect, price and composition.

Experienced physicians can advice on choosing the most optimal filler for your needs, which might include:

  • filling in wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases
  • improving other imperfections like scars
  • filling out thin or wrinkled lips (learn more)
  • plumping up cheeks
  • contouring the jaw line and other areas of the face
Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid. Injected into the right layer of the skin can smooth out wrinkles quickly Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid. Injected into the right layer of the skin can smooth out wrinkles quickly

 

Volumisers


Volumisers (such as Sculptra) are considered as a separate class of dermal fillers that are composed of Poly-L-lactic acid – a substance formed in the body when you exercise and a synthetic material found in dissolvable stitches and various implants.
 
Sculptra™ is used to improve the appearance of hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes. A progressive increase in volume will become apparent as the dermal thickness expands and gives you a fuller, more youthful and fresh-faced look.
 
They usually offer longer lasting effects and can fill significant areas, at the expense of higher price, lower precision and lack of reversibility. 

 

 

Volumisers (such as Sculptra) are specific type of fillers. Make sure you speak to your doctor before treatment!
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