DERMAL FILLERS - ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS
The ageing process is something all but a blessed few of us have to deal with, ever since man – and woman – first walked the earth. The signs are all too familiar, and there every time we look in the mirror.
They may be known as ‘laughter lines’ – but they are certainly no laughing matter! As we advance into middle age, ‘crow’s feet’ become visible around the eyes, while wrinkles – or ‘worry lines’ – appear on the forehead, and so-called ‘bunny lines’ at the side of the nose.
Most of us will try almost anything to halt or reverse the ageing process, but all too many ‘answers’ – rooted in old wives’ tales or hocus pocus – prove to be anything but. The most effective – and longest-lasting – way of addressing the problem lies in Botox-style treatments, and dermal fillers.
The trade name for Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxic protein used in the most popular treatment for wrinkles and lines that appear on the face. Botulinum Toxin treatments are quick and easy to perform, with no need for an anaesthetic. During the procedure, Botulinum Toxin is injected under the skin into the affected muscles in order to block nerve impulses and stop the muscle contraction that causes wrinkles. Signs of improvement are normally visible between 48 and 96 hours after treatment, and usually last for between four and six months.
While Botox-style treatments, in general, target the upper half of the face, dermal fillers are often employed around the nose, mouth and cheeks. One aspect of the ageing process, particularly in the lower half of the face, is a loss of volume which in turn creates wrinkles.
This is addressed by dermal fillers. Dermal fillers, which contain hyaluronic acid, are injected into the skin to hold cells together and ‘fill’ soft tissue, thereby restoring volume to the face and eliminating jowls and lines around the mouth. Other results achieved by dermal fillers are to create a ‘raised cheekbone’ effect, as well as reshaping the lips and chin.
As with Botox-style procedures, there is no need for an anaesthetic, and the anti-ageing effects last for between nine and 12 months.
Deposits of fat and cellulite are stored in the mesodermal layer of tissue under the skin, most noticeably around the chin, upper arms, abdomen or thighs.
A series of injections, again without anaesthetic, place tiny amounts of vitamins under the skin into the mesodermal layer to promote the loss of fat and cellulite.
A course of mesotheraphy lasts six weeks and consists of one visit per week.