Depending on your age group, what you’re looking for in a non-surgical cosmetic procedure is likely to be different. From preventative measures to procedures that will repair damage already done, the number of procedures available are vast, and it can be difficult to know where to start.
Hitting your twenties can be a shock to the system. You probably don’t spring back quite so quickly from late nights and long weekends, and you might even start to notice a fine line or two. Your twenties are a decade to be celebrated. Your worrisome teens are a thing of the past, your career is well on its way.
Your twenties are a time for paying attention to yourself, for appreciating your body and your skin while it’s at its peak and really making the most of your appearance. At this stage in your life, it’s all about looking after what you have rather than undergoing drastic self-altering procedures.
You may suffer from problem skin, or even acne. Acne scars or stretch marks which happened in your teens can be helped, now you have access to non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments.
You are now of an age where make-up, late nights, holidays in the sun, smoking and alcohol may be an important part of your life style, and your skin will need looking after now to prevent damage later.
If you haven’t already started paying careful attention to your skincare regime, then your early twenties are the time to do it. Take the time to get to know your skin; is it dry, oily or a combination of both? The skincare products that you use should be suited to your skin type, and should definitely include eye cream, a serum packed with anti-oxidants, and a high SPF to combat sun damage. Use quality products regularly to see real results, and remember, along with living a moderately healthy lifestyle, protecting your skin from the sun is the single most important thing you can do to prevent premature ageing.
Botulinum Toxin Injections
Crow’s feet, along with frown and worry lines, all tend to be the first major signs of ageing that appear on the face. All of these lines can be successfully treated using botulinum toxin injections, which work by blocking the signals between nerves and muscles, preventing them from furrowing and causing permanent wrinkles.
Although botulinum toxin injections work effectively to relax wrinkles that have already appeared, they work particularly well as a preventative measure, and can be appropriate if you are someone with a frowning habit or early wrinkles. Although the ‘frozen face’ has become fashionable for some, it is not advisable to have treatment too often at an early age, those expressions of emotion and communication are important to express your personality and feelings and whilst your skin is still young, you can afford some movement, whilst still preventing the wrinkles setting in.
Seek advice and guidance from your Save face accredited practitioner, Dr Paul Silvester to ensure a treatment plan that is safe and works for you.
With cosmetic treatments becoming more and more common, for a lot of people it is becoming increasingly confusing to understand what treatment is what and which one may be the best for them. This is especially so for Dermal Fillers and Botox where the line between them is quite blurred. To help clear up some of this confusion, we take a look at both Dermal Fillers and Botox and explore what that they are, what they do and who they are suitable for.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
We’re all born with lots of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) but over time this decreases in our skin and ensures that our skin become less elastic, thinner and generally look older. Dermal Fillers are simply a way of reintroducing some Hyaluronic Acid into your skin.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal Fillers are simply injected straight into your skin with a tiny needle. This direct introduction of Hyaluronic Acid helps to lift and smooth your skin and leave it looking healthier, fresher and more youthful.
What Does The Treatment Involve?
Dermal Fillers treatment doesn’t last long at all and should take no longer than 30 minutes. It’s virtually pain-free and the effects are relatively long lasting and can last up to 18 months after your treatment. Like Botox, there’s no particular downtime once you have had your treatment and the treatment has been done for many years and is tried and tested.
Who Are Dermal Fillers For?
Dermal Fillers are suitable for a wide range of people who are concerned about acting on their lines and wrinkles on their face and generally rejuvenating their skin. It is also suitable for those people who want to add structure to their face and give their skin a brighter and fresher appearance.
Who Should Not Have Dermal Fillers?
Generally, Dermal Fillers are suitable for most people however some people advise that those who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding should not undertake the treatment. If you are in any doubt, you should always voice your concerns with your doctor.
What Are The Outcomes Of Being Treated With Dermal Fillers?
The overall effect of using Dermal Fillers is that the face is rejuvenated. It softens the lines that may be caused by facial expressions such as smiling and frowning and it helps to smooth out wrinkles. It’s not a miracle treatment but it will help you generally look great for your age. It’s long lasting and its effects gradually wear off which means there is no sudden or dramatic change, enabling patients to simply top-up their treatment.
What Is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for a substance called botulinum toxin type A.
How Does Botox Work?
Botulinum toxin is a natural protein that is used to help to relax the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles and lines. As a cosmetic procedure, it has been around for many years and is considered tried, tested and safe as well as very effective.
What Does Botox Treatment Involve?
Like Dermal Fillers, Botox is delivered by a simple injection. Like Dermal Fillers, you won’t have any ‘downtime’ after the treatment and there are no side-effects either short-term or long-term. Once you have had your treatment, you can immediately return to your normal daily life.
Who Is Botox Treatment For?
Botox is great for any who is looking to have their face rejuvenated, improving the look of their skin as well as helping to improve the look of crow's feet, wrinkles and lines.
Who Should Not Have Botox Treatment?
If you have medical issues such as tissue complaints or damage to facial muscles, Botox may not be suitable. It is also generally suggested that Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding is not a good idea either. If in any doubt, talk to your doctor.
What Are The Outcomes Of Botox?
Botox treatment aims to give your face an overall rejuvenation effect. It can help to soften the lines caused by your facial expressions and generally help you look younger and more refreshed. Results last for approximately three to six months.
What’s Best? Botox Or Dermal Fillers?
There really is no straightforward answer as to what is best. Why not book your consultation today with Dr Paul Silvester where he can discuss your personal circumstance and come up with the treatment that is right for you. Call now on 07456 415251.
If you’ve been scouring the internet trying to decide on the best treatment for the signs of ageing, chances are you’ve stumbled across dermal fillers. You’re probably aware of the basics; that these simple injections can be used to correct or enhance facial contours, plump up lips, soften the appearance of wrinkles and improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin: but what you might not know are the facts surrounding the procedure.
So what are dermal fillers?
When a practitioner advertises dermal fillers, they’re talking about a substance that can be injected into the face to improve its appearance. At around the age of 25, the body stops producing collagen and elastin, the two proteins that work together to keep tissue firm and skin elastic, and the existing collagen in the body begins to break down.
Without these two proteins, the body begins to display the typical signs of ageing (things like sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, deep lines and wrinkles) as the body no longer has a means of keeping tissue strong and skin supple.
Dermal fillers, the majority of which are made up of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule that attracts and binds water in the skin), can be used to work in harmony with the body’s remaining collagen and elastin, supporting these all-important proteins to give skin a more full and youthful appearance.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers can last anywhere between 6 to 18 months, depending on the type of hyaluronic acid used, as well as, how well it’s suited to the purpose and to the individual. There are over 160 different brands of hyaluronic acid available (you might recognise names such as Juvaderm®, Restylane® and Belotero®) and Dr Paul Silvester will be able to advise you on what’s right for you.
Are dermal fillers safe?
One of the reasons fillers are so popular is because of their safety.
Allergic reactions are nearly unheard of and infections are also extremely rare, as long as your injections are carried out by a healthcare professional with specialist training.
Side-effects of dermal fillers…
Dermal fillers do come with some side effects which tend to occur immediately after injection, but these are usually temporary and disappear within a few days. Normal side effects include redness, swelling, bruising, itching and tenderness, but on extremely rare occasions more serious side effects requiring early management can occur.
To minimise risk with dermal fillers, it is very important the practitioner has had specialist training, and is using safe products correctly. Should unwanted effects occur, that practitioner should be able to manage them safely.
If you’re interested in dermal fillers and would like more information, be sure to contact Dr Paul Silvester for more information.
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