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WHAT IS BOTOX
And how does it work?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin type A) is particularly renowned for its short-term improvement of facial ticks, fine lines and wrinkles and reducing excessive sweating. It is a natural, purified protein that has been used for therapeutic purposes for decades. It is proven to be safe, reliable and effective, hence its popularity. Botox can only be prescribed by a doctor or qualified prescribing practitioner e.g. nurse prescriber, and has several other medical uses. Botulinum Toxin is used in the reduction of facial wrinkles and fine lines. We also use Botox to combat excessive sweating, which is clinically known as hyperhidrosis.
Repetitive facial expressions cause the tiny muscles under the skin to contract, gradually creating wrinkles. When injected directly into these muscles, Botulinum Toxin (Botox) stops nerve impulses reaching the area and causing further contractions. The muscle relaxes, which smoothes the skin covering the muscle. In some cases, with repeated treatments, the wrinkle can actually disappear. This principle also means that Botox can be used to help prevent new wrinkles from developing.
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS
And how do they work?
The most popular dermal fillers used today are made of a material using hyaluronic acid based products, such as those in the Juvéderm range manufactured by Allergan. These hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are non-permanent, meaning that they are reabsorbed into the body over time.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found in body tissues, and it has been used safely in general medical applications for several decades
Throughout the ageing process we lose some of the skin’s ‘building blocks’ such as collagen and fat, which are the materials that prevent skin becoming loose and saggy, allowing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more visible lines and wrinkles start to appear. The facial bones and fat pads begin to shrink accelerating the creation of folds and deep wrinkles.
Dermal filler acts as a replacement for the lost fat and helps to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance.
The material is carefully injected into different layers of the skin depending on the type of filler selected and the patient’s needs. Dermal fillers are available in different thicknesses and viscosity that match to the patient’s needs.
The thicker products are generally reserved for deep folds or wrinkles, whilst smoother product is used to plump out fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are not permanent, so as our faces and perceptions of beauty may change overtime, patients can reassess their needs.
Dermal fillers are often the preferred alternative to cosmetic surgery because of the risks associated with general anaesthetics and cosmetic surgery and their prohibitive cost. Results are instant: patients can see how much they like the treatment as it progresses and can request for a more dramatic effect if they desire at the time of treatment.
Male facial anatomy and the ageing process differs to that of women. Different considerations need to be made when assessing the face, often resulting in a different approach to aesthetics. Dr Thava has spent his time studying the ageing process of both men and women, with this knowledge he can tailor a package of care specific to the needs of men.