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.
The tear trough is the area immediately beneath the eye, running from the nose and around under the eye. Due to ageing, and as the hyaluronic acid content of the skin diminishes, this pocket can appear sunken and hollow.
A tear trough treatment using dermal fillers can replenish lost volume, adding plumpness and restoring natural contours. Dermal fillers, including Restylane and Teosyal are carefully injected above the bone of the eye socket. This is then gently massaged into the socket beneath the eye and around the fatty tissue, which can plump up the hollows and blending into the cheekbones.
Dermal filler tear trough treatments are highly specialised and should only be performed by a medically qualified practitioner with relevant experience. There are minimum side effects, including possible bruising or swelling. The cost is significantly less than the surgical alternative and there is the added benefit of none of the associated surgical risks.
For more information, please get in direct contact with Dr Paul Silvester on 07456 415251.
The size and shape of your nose can have a big effect on your overall appearance. It’s the central feature of your face, and if it’s not in proportion or is hooked or bent, your self-confidence can really suffer.
Up until quite recently, if you felt self-conscious about your nose and wanted to do something about it, then rhinoplasty was your only option. However, although very effective, surgical rhinoplasty is an extremely invasive procedure that involves a considerable amount of painful recovery time.
These issues, coupled with the high cost of the procedure, as well as its permanent nature, led both patients and practitioners alike to try and come up with a less drastic alternative.
This search led to the development of the non-surgical nose job, a procedure that has become increasingly popular over the past 10 years. But what is it? And does it really work?
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a medical procedure which involves the altering or reshaping of the nose with injectable fillers. By filling in depressions, smoothing out sharp angles and improving the symmetry of the nose, these injectable fillers can give it a more streamlined appearance without surgery.
The procedure can be performed quickly and easily – it usually takes between fifteen and thirty minutes – and results are immediate. As a topical anaesthetic is applied to the nose before injections are given and the dermal fillers themselves contain an anaesthetic, the procedure isn’t particularly painful. The vast majority of patients are able to carry on with their daily activities immediately after the procedure, but heavy glasses of any kind should be avoided for the first two weeks as they can affect the results.
The fillers used in non-surgical rhinoplasty are temporary and will be broken down by the body naturally after time. Results last anywhere between 8 – 10 months depending on the type of dermal filler used, and your medical practitioner should be able to advise you on which is right for you.
One of the major benefits of opting for a non-surgical nose job is avoiding the risks associated with surgery. However, it is important to stress that although the procedure isn’t surgical, like any cosmetic treatment, it isn’t completely risk-free.
As well as temporary side-effects such as bruising, pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, adverse reactions are a possibility. Although rare, issues such as infection, injury and skin irregularities can occur. It’s for this reason that the procedure should always be carried out by a medical professional who is equipped to deal with possible complications.
For more information about non-surgical rhinoplasty, please contact Dr Paul Silvester.
The old saying goes, when it sounds too good to be true, chances are it isn't, as this patient found out when taking up a Groupon deal recently.
Read the Daily Mail article of 7 January 2016
Dr Ecclestone, Lead Practitioner at MediZen, speaking on behalf of Allergan, a major manufacturer of cosmetic substances, commented;
"If you plan to undergo treatment, ensure you see a doctor or nurse prescriber for a proper consultation, and insist on seeing the product packaging and the that the brand advertised is the one you are receiving.
Ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable that the product is right for you.
Do not fall for special offers or pressure to undergo treatment. Ensure the clinic you are attending is CQC registered, and check the qualifications of the practitioner beforehand.
Check out 'Treatments you can Trust' website to find a reputable practitioner.
'In the right hands, the effects will be natural, soft and subtle, and improve self-confidence. In the wrong hands, as this case shows, the effects can also be life-changing, but for the worse".
For all providers on the Treatments You Can Trust Register - Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) - Update
The two key elements of the new Joint Council are now in place.
Treatments You Can Trust accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Independent quality mark for Injectable Cosmetic Treatments
Patients, service users and the public are able to choose a doctor, dentist or registered nurse practising injectable cosmetic treatments belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament.
The Treatments You Can Trust register has been accredited under the Accredited Registers programme. Doctors, Dentists or Registered nurses on the Treatment You Can Trust register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.
Sally Taber, Director, Treatments You Can Trust said:
“The quality mark will give extra peace of mind for anyone looking for a doctor, dentist or registered nurse, letting them know that anyone who holds the Quality Mark is committed to high standards. Treatments You Can Trust is pleased to offer the quality mark to doctors, dentists or registered nurses providing injectable cosmetic treatments that meet the far reaching standards of our register, as approved by the Professional Standards Authority.”
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:
“We are very pleased to accredit the Treatments You Can Trust register of doctors, dentists and registered nurses. Bringing doctors, dentists and registered nurses providing injectable cosmetic treatments into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The programme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives doctors, dentists and registered nurses providing injectable cosmetic treatments the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.”
Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of Treatments You Can Trust. It does not mean that the Authority has endorsed a particular treatment, people will need to consider the information provided and decide if it is suitable for them. Accreditation means that the Treatments You Can Trust register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information.
Accredited registers encompass a growing range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation. Further information about Accredited Registers is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers.
Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) verifies practitioners against the standards of the three professional regulators – a system called indirect regulation. Thus, the General Medical Council (GMC) has pointed consumers towards the public register of Treatments you can Trust, and the names it displays, as a safe place to look for providers. This is in its guidance to patient’s Cosmetic procedures: what do I need to consider? Released on 1 June following an 18-month review, with which Sally Taber, Director of Treatments You Can Trust was closely involved.
The GMC, which regulates nearly 275 thousand doctors across the UK, has recommended patients consult a Register such as Treatments You Can Trust to find a provider who has the appropriate training and meets the strict standards to administer Botox® and dermal fillers safely and in appropriate premises.
Whilst the announcement is welcomed by Treatments You Can Trust, TYCT is already lobbying the General Dental Council (GDC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to follow suit by this Autumn, ahead of peak demand for Botox® and dermal fillers during the Christmas season.
Sally Taber, Director of Treatments You Can Trust says, “We are delighted that the GMC has recognised voluntary registration with Treatments You Can Trust, yet it is disappointing that this much needed advice has not been published jointly with the GDC and the NMC. All three professions undertake the same non-surgical cosmetic treatments and the three professions should speak with one voice where patient care is concerned.”
Many people worry about loss of volume in the lower third of the face. They normally ask if I can place dermal fillers here directly. However it is normally loss of volume in the cheeks, which has a secondary effect on the lower face. The cheeks support the lower face, so adding volume here will redefine the cheeks and consequently lift up the lower face.
As we age our skin loses collagen and fat resulting in a changed facial contour. The cheeks can become hollow, and skin can sag and wrinkle, resulting in an overly-aged, drawn appearance. Changes in facial contour as a result of ageing are not the only reasons you may seek cheek enhancement. You may be unhappy with your mid face shape, or would like to correct flat, unattractive cheeks and to improve the overall balance of your facial shape.
Whatever your reasons, cheek enhancement with dermal fillers can achieve significant improvement without the risks and costs associated with surgery. Cheek augmentation with dermal fillers is a quick, walk-in, walk-out treatment that restores height, definition and fullness to the cheek area. Dermal fillers are injected at varying depths to plump the cheek area and restore natural volume and fullness instantly. Cheekbones become more defined, the overlying skin looks tighter and nose to mouth folds are softened.
For more information about cheek enhancement, please contact Dr Paul Silvester on 07456 415251 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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