ANTI -WRINKLE INJECTIONS NEWPORT
Botulinum toxin is a natural substance that comes from plants and animals and in high doses is highly poisonous (hence ‘toxin’). However, it can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, therefore paralyzing them.24Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become more relaxed.
Botox TM was first introduced in 1989 to treat specific problems of the eye muscles. Since then its range of use for medical and cosmetic purposes has grown considerably. Today, it can be used to treat bladder problems, limb spasticity, facial spasms, migraines, hyperhidrosis (excess sweating), and of course wrinkle formation.
Botulinum toxin is manufactured under several different names from large and reputable pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In the DR-SR Beauty clinic, they use Botox TM by the company Allergan, which is the original product launched in 1989 and remains the most popular to date. Millions of clients have been effectively treated with Botox TM. They also use Xeomin from the company Merz, which is a product with very similar characteristics.
WHAT DO THEY TREAT?
The DR-SR Beauty Clinic use botulinum toxin to relax the muscles of the face to prevent wrinkle formation. The process takes about 15-20 minutes depending on the number of muscles treated, and the effect lasts about 3 months in most people. The needles used are extremely small and the procedure involves very little pain relative to other injections one may receive medically. The effect usually takes 3-5 days to become apparent, with up to 2 weeks for the full visible effects.
THE 3 MOST COMMON AREAS TO BE TREATED ARE
The glabellar muscle – this is the muscle at the top of the nose which causes the characteristic ’11 lines’ when frowning. Over time, these lines become more permanent. Botulinum toxin in this muscle reduces the formation of these lines.
The forehead – when eyebrows are raised in surprise, your forehead frontalis muscle forms horizontal lines. Botulinum toxin prevents this. This is of the most popular areas in newscasters and actors (watch for this on TV). Note that to treat the forehead, the glabellar must be done at the same time.
The crows’ feet – the muscles around the eyes do a lot of work when you smile. You’ll notice how these areas wrinkle especially at the side of the eyes. Again, over time these become permament. Note that treating both eyes counts as a single ‘area’ of treatment
Botulinum toxin can also be used to treat other areas of the face in combination with other treatments – the clinicians can discuss these with you.
Excess sweating affects 1 in 100 people in the UK and mainly involves the armpits, palms and the feet. It can be extremely distressing and difficult to treat. Injections of botulinum toxin into these areas has been shown to reduce the amount of sweat produced markedly and safely, although the effect is variable and not permanent. It is a far safer option than surgery. The armpits are the most commonly treated area. The process takes about 30-45 minutes.
FILLER TREATMENTS NEWPORT
The fundamental working principle of dermal fillers is that they have a ‘plumping’ effect. This simply implies that they will plump-up the area which has received the injection, levelling it with other parts of the skin and making it look plumped out, even and no longer sunken. Ultimately, different fillers may achieve this goal in slightly different ways, but the result is that the skin will look plump and firm, young and refreshed. The most common dermal fillers used are based on hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance in the skin which creates the ‘cement’ between the cells making up the wall of the skin. As we age, the cement wears away and the volume gradually depletes, thus the skin looks more sunken and hollowed. By artificially reintroducing the cement, we return the volume to the areas to restore the youthful look. These fillers are by their nature temporary, and the effect usually lasts 6-9 months. Unlike most treatments, fillers provide an almost immediate effect which continues to improve over subsequent days.
WHERE CAN FILLERS BE USED?
Dermal fillers are primarily used in the face to restore lost volume. These will be most evident in several key areas
Nasolabial folds – these are the lines which pass from the side of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. They are the most noticeable of areas for volume loss in the face, and the most commonly and easily correctable with fillers.
Marionette lines – these lines drop down from the corners of the mouth to the chin and give the impression of the old-style ventriloquist doll, or ‘marionette’.
Forehead and crows-feet lines – these wrinkles become more permanent as we age as the muscles involved are always active in our expressions. In combination with botulinum toxin, these can be very effectively treated.
Lips – these are a very popular treatment area for those who require a fuller look to their lips. We will be offering this treatment soon.
Cheek augmentation – over the years the cheeks, which have a plump and youthful appearance to start, lose volume and flatten out. In some cases they become hollow or indented. Fillers can be used very effectively in these areas.
WHAT KINDS OF FILLERS DO THEY USE?
The DR-SR Beauty Clinic in Newport use Juvederm Ultra and Belotero in the clinic. These both have excellent safety and effectiveness records, and they both have lidocaine added. This is a local anaesthetic that makes for a much more comfortable procedure.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Firstly the DR-SR clinician assesses exactly what is needed to get the best results, the amount of filler required of course depends on the area treated. A numbing cream is applied to the area for 45 minutes to allow the maximum comfort for the procedure. The injections themselves require 15-20 minutes, more if several areas are treated.
The skill is not in knowing how much needs to be used, but how little.
CHEMICAL PEEL TREATMENTS NEWPORT
If you have ever thought that your skin is starting to show the effects of time, you may wish that there was a way to restore the youthful ‘glow’ to your face. You may even have tried some of the many ‘anti-ageing’ serums on the market, that provide only a very mild improvement. If you are looking for a more effective solution, you may wish to consider a chemical peel.
Chemical peels are a powerful exfoliant that remove the dead skin layers from the outer ‘crust’ of the skin, revealing the younger, fresher layers underneath. They also even out the skin texture and coloration, hence their use in age spots. Peels used in the clinic are much more powerful than commercially available exfoliants, although they can be used in combination. These peels range from mild ‘lunchtime peels’ through to more intense peels that remove more layers of skin.
What do they treat?
As well as an excellent exfoliating treatment to make the skin feel smoother and younger, peels can also be used to treat acne and acne scars, rosacea, pigmented areas. They can reduce fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth, and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles.
How many treatments are needed?
This depends very much on the type of skin you have, and what they are treating. Usually a course of treatments will be either 4 or 6 in total for the maximum benefit. In addition, creams will need to be applied during the period between treatments. Your doctor will discuss what combination of treatments will work best for your face at your consultation.
How long does a treatment take?
Between 15-30 minutes.
Can any skin colour be treated?
Most certainly. The darker the skin, the more powerful the peel needs to be. Again, your doctor will be able to advise on this at your assessment.
What do they use?
The mildest peels are called AHA, or alpha-hydroxy acid peels. These are made from naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods, and have been used for treating the skin since the days of the ancient Egyptians. AHA can be found in many commercially available preparations, but by law only concentrations of 10% or less may be sold over the counter and provide a limited effect only. We use concentrations of 20% upwards. These give an immediate freshness and glow to the skin that you’d forgotten you once had.
The stronger peels are called TCA, (Tri-Chlor acetic acid), which cause 3-7 days of peeling depending upon depth achieved. Results achieved will be smoother, firmer, fresher skin. We call this a ‘resurfacing’ peel as a lot more skin layers are removed with TCA. We use 15 – 20% TCA.
The Obagi Deep Blue peel is like the ‘Lexus’ of Chemical peels. Obagi is a California-based cosmeceutical company that supplies to spas, cosmetic clinics and dermatologists all over the world. Highly sought after by those who demand the best, Obagi are the peels of choice for the discerning patient and clinician alike.
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