When it comes to anti-ageing we are finding that many of the so-called wonder creams just aren’t living up to our patients expectations. Of course, we know that their silicone laden cosmetics aren’t up to tackling the lines handed out by mother nature but with the marketing giants plastered all over magazines and high streets we don’t blame you for giving them a go. Unsurprisingly many people are now looking into alternative anti-ageing treatments, when it comes to dermal fillers and toxins (such an BotoxⓇ) the line can sometimes seem blurred, it is paramount to understand which treatment is best used for your needs and the science behind it.
Many people often question whether they should opt for dermal filler or toxins, the two are frequently combined so it can be confusing for prospective patients to know exactly what they do, and how they differ from one another. We find that many patients have reservations on what treatment to choose as both fillers and toxins have generated some bad press over the last two decades. There are plenty of options when it comes to fillers and toxins we suggest going for a more refreshed subtle look rather than channelling your inner Jackie Stallone. We strongly suggest that you try not to form your opinions on what you read the media. The best cosmetic surgery and aesthetics goes undetectable, you’d be surprised how many celebrities don’t have an anti-ageing superpower but a super secret surgeon!
Dermal Fillers – What are they? What do they do?
As we age, the naturally occurring collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as our cells lose their ability to produce these youthful beauty boosters. We are born with copious amounts of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in our body but just like collagen and elastic this too diminishes with age, leaving skin less supported and consequently lines and wrinkles begin to develop. This is where dermal fillers come in, dermal fillers add volume and structure to the face, they can enhance features and bring back the much needed structure for facial rejuvenation. Dermal fillers are adopted to elevate and restructure the jawline, cheeks, temples and brow area they can also be used to plump the lips and reduce hollowing under the eyes.
Dermal fillers will usually involve the injection of Hyaluronic Acid through a tiny needle, the proposed area can be numbed using an anesthetic cream (lidocaine) and the treatment itself should not take long to perform, but this all depends on the area and how much product is needed. Treating wrinkles with dermal filler is a fast and effective treatment that should leave no scar and requires little post procedure downtime. Patients must be aware that there might be a little bruising and swelling directly after the procedure.
BotoxⓇ – What is it? What does it do?
It is important to remember that BotoxⓇ is the original and best-known brand name of the Botulinum Toxin, BotoxⓇ is one of the most tested product on the market and is a results of many decades of scientific studies and has been used extensively in medicine. Botulinum toxin is a natural protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles.
Toxins are primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of lines and wrinkles, the toxin is most commonly injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve and reduce the look of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. Toxins can be used in the forehead, in between the eyebrows and can also be injected around the eyes to help improve and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet lines. There is little downtime associated with toxin injections but it is important to note that patients may encounter slight bruising and swelling post-procedure.
What To Do Now?
If you’re looking to go down the route of anti-ageing injectables is is essential to do your research. While there are many clinics and practitioners around the UK that perform these treatments, you might not always be getting what you think you are. Unfortunately the cosmetic industry is the most unregulated, which can pose as a real danger when looking for a practitioner. To ensure that you are going to a medically trained professional you can look up whether the practitioner is registered on the GMC (General Medical Council) or the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). Ask to see some of your practitioners work as this is a great way to determine whether or not they are right for you and whether they will be able to achieve the desired result.
Here at Elanic all of our practitioners, both doctors and nurses, have undergone extensive training and boast years of experience as injectors. We only use Allergan BotoxⓇ, rather than its cheaper rivals, and we are extremely happy with the results we achieve.
If you’re looking for a high quality treatment provided by the best practitioners then please contact us for a consultation.