Types of anti-wrinkle injections
There are two different options when it comes to anti-wrinkle injections: hyaluronic acid fillers, and botulinum toxin, a.k.a Botox. Both of these treatments are aimed at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your face that develop naturally as we age.
Fillers VS Botox
Fillers are in fact gel-like substances injected beneath skin. As part of the natural ageing process our face starts losing volume, resulting in a somewhat tired and less fresh look. That concern can be addressed by a non-surgical face lift, a procedure designed to plump the hollow spots up and take your face back to its fuller and younger state.
Most commonly dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid, but not only; there are some very popular products based on Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA), Poly-L-lactic Acid, Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).
Botox is a purified protein that relaxes the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Simply put, it smoothes the wrinkles. Typically Botox is used for crow’s feet, frown lines & forehead lines.
Its effect lasts for up to six months.
Fillers and Botox can often be used combined to achieve the desired result.
What does non-surgical face lift mean?
This is a great way to achieve a younger and fresher look while maintaining your original features. The procedure is quick and the effect is almost immediate.
Non-surgical face-lift is done with what is commonly known as dermal fillers. This treatment is typically striving to achieve smoothening the fine lines around the eyes and lips fuller and better defined cheeks and chin, smoother nasolabial folds.
Today the market offers an extensive range of dermal fillers, so it can be difficult to decide which treatment to choose without a physical consultation with an experienced medical professional. Each product is formulated to solve a specific concern, and sometimes a combination of different products is recommended for best results.
Side effects of anti-wrinkle injections
Anti-wrinkle injections have been widely used in the world since 1989 and are considered very safe.
The side effects are usually restricted to the treated areas and include light bruising, redness, and swelling. Sometimes there can be a mild headache.
Make sure that you’re in safe hands and only treated by registered medical professionals
When to start with anti-wrinkle injections?
There’s no particular age when one should start. We all age differently and also feel differently about it. It’s common to start addressing the first signs of ageing in mid-thirties, when our skin begins to lose its youthful elasticity. Hyaluronic acid, which is the main component of most facial fillers, has a prolonged effect, since it promotes the natural production of collagen, the very component responsible for the elasticity. That means that facial fillers have the immediate rejuvenation effect, but also play a part in slowing down our natural ageing process.
What’s right for me?
With the vast options being offered in today’s aesthetic medicine there’s something right for everyone. At Imagine You Clinic we don’t believe in ‘one – size – fits – all’ approach. Every client has their own vision, unique features and aspirations. Your lifestyle and budget should also be taken into consideration when planning treatments.
What’s the most efficient anti-wrinkle treatment?
The immediate and easy answer would be facial injections, a.k.a Botox and the variety of Hyaluronic fillers. Indeed, facial injections are quick, efficient and quite affordable. However, depending on our clients’ age and skin condition we at Imagine You often recommend enhancing the effect of facial injections with treatments that improve the skin surface and promote the so-called inner glow. We utilize popular and widely recognised procedures such as PRP, chemical peels of various strengths and more.
What is PRP
PRP for the face (also known as a ‘vampire facial’) is a rejuvenation treatment that uses a patient’s own plasma to stimulate collagen production and cell migration, resulting in the elimination of lines, folds, and wrinkles. PRP is a popular procedure among those who want to achieve an overall healthier and more youthful look. Results from PRP therapy are natural looking and subtle, and they can last for as long as two years. PRP is a safe procedure that has no risk of allergic reaction or side-effects.
PRP injections are also one of the most efficient treatments for a type of hair loss called Androgenic Alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness.
How long do fillers last?
While there are manufacturer’s guidelines, this can vary depending on the patient’s individual features and lifestyle. As a rule, Botox will last between 3-6 months, and most hyaluronic acid based fillers will last between 6-12 months. Some dermal fillers have been studied to last close to two years. The semi-permanent fillers that tend to last the longest are Radiesse, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Juvederm, Voluma, and Sculptra.
Does skin sag if you stop doing fillers?
No. On the contrary, Hyaluronic acid — which is largely what fillers consist of — promotes your body’s natural production of collagen. Collagen, in turn, will help protect your skin from sagging — even after your treatment wears off.
How long does the treatment take?
It depends! Typically, facial injections involving 2-3 zones will take up to 30 minutes, that’s why they’re often being called ‘lunch break procedures’. Other treatments may take a bit longer. Yes, you can safely return to work or any other errands immediately after.
Which aftercare should I follow?
Depending on the type of treatment received, we’ll recommend the aftercare. Typically, after the facial injections we’ll recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, exposure to the sun and excessive alcohol consumption for the next 24 hours.
For the chemical peels the aftercare will involve moisturizers and sunscreens.
How soon will I see the results?
Facial injections results can be seen almost immediately or within a day or two.
PRP treatments have a more accumulative effect, and normally you’ll see the effect after two-three treatments.
How often do I have to repeat the fillers?
To maintain the achieved results, typically it’s recommended to repeat the injections between 6-10 months. Bearing in mind that we all respond differently to fillers, and in some patients the effect might last up to 12 months.
Are these treatments recommended for men?
All the treatments are recommended for men and in fact becoming increasingly popular among them. Facial injections including Botox and cheek fillers, PRP for hair loss – to name a few of the most frequently booked treatments by our male patients.
What are dermal rollers?
Also known as ‘collagen induction therapy’ and ‘microneedling’. This is a cosmetic procedure during which multiple tiny needles are inserted into the surface of skin via a rolling device. That creates microscopic wounds which induce collagen and elastin production. It may sound a bit scary, but in fact dermarolling is considered one of the least invasive procedures.. After the age of 20 our skin produces less and less collagen each year. As you might know, collagen is that lovely protein that keeps our skin firm and youthful. Studies show that four professionally administered microneedling sessions resulted in up to a 400 percent rise in collagen. The treatment is highly effective for acne scarring, surgical scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles, sun damaged or sagging skin, and pigmentation. There are different types of derma pens with various needles lengths used depending on the skin condition. Recovery time therefore can vary, but normally you should expect the effect of light sunburn after a session.The results become visible after a few weeks.
What can be done about hair loss?
We’re offering the two most popular procedures for thinning hair in men and women. Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) and microneedling are widely recognised treatments for hair loss conditions. These are quick procedures with no side-effects that need to be delivered in series for best results.
How is excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) treated?
Treatment with botulinum toxin (Botox, Myobloc) temporarily blocks the nerves that cause sweating. Your skin will be iced or anesthetized first. Each affected area of your body will need several injections. The effects last six to 12 months, and then the treatment needs to be repeated.