skintreatments

Beauty Boosters

Following on from my instagram stories last week, I thought it would be a good time to shed light on some of the advanced injectable treatments available.

You are certainly not alone if you believe Cosmetic Injectables are just for the ‘extra’ women who want abnormally large lips, cheeks and an expressionless face, however this stigma needs to go. Cosmetic Medicine can be used to enhance natural beauty, improved impaired skin integrity, correct facial asymmetries and defects and restore one's self confidence.

One of my favourite ways to utilize cosmetic medicine is to help externally improve the skins integrity. As you will know by now, having read my blog, my soul focus is ensuring people understand the internal/external holistic approach to treating their skin. I may rave on more so regarding internal health and just how important it is, however I feel cosmetic medicine (when utilised appropriately) will always play a part in our external beauty routines.

So sit back, pop on a face mask and grab yourself a glass of kombucha, whilst I open your eyes to the incredible world of cosmetic injectable treatments.

Beauty Boosters! (This is the name allocated to the drug by the cosmetic clinic, as we are unable to advertise drug names in Australia). Beauty Boosters are basically the equivalent to having an extremely high end moisturizer injected into the skin. With these types of treatment we inject Hyaluronic acid (HA), amino acids, antioxidants and minerals, into the papillary dermis of the skin.

HA is naturally present in your body & is what keeps your skin plump, healthy & hydrated. We all go crazy over babies beautiful soft skin, this is because they are born with lots of hyaluronic acid in their skin! But as we age we can lose up to two-thirds of our skin’s HA . As a result, our skin becomes less resilient, thin and those fine lines and wrinkles can begin to show.

Alot of skincare products contain Hyaluronic Acid in them, however topical products aren’t able to penetrate deep enough for HA to give its full benefits. This is where HA injections come in! Unlike traditional dermal fillers, HA fillers are not injected beneath the skin to volumise or shape the face.  Instead, they are very fine dermal fillers that are injected into the skin to hydrate and improve skin quality without distorting/altering the shape of the face. The treatment itself is mildly invasive and involves topical numbing to ensure the treatment is as comfortable as possible.The machine used to inject the product utilises a 9 point needle system to deliver a specific amount of hyaluronic acid to a specific depth. The machine sucks up the skin and then injects the needles to provide even distribution of the hyaluronic acid up to 1mm into the skin.  

Why is this treatment so amazing? Well the multiple injections activate the fibroblasts promoting new collagen and elastin formation in the skin. This in combination with the delivery of hyaluronic acid injections is the ultimate boost in hydration and glow to the skin! No fake and unnatural appearance, just healthier, glowing skin!

1. During treatment     2. Immediately post        3. 2 Days post                    4. 4 Days post








 

The B Word

Thanks to shows like The Real Housewives and Botched, Botox has fast become a household name. Most of us, however, associate Botox in a negative light. I can safely presume we all have that one friend or family member who looks like they have been stung by a bee and permanently surprised about it. It is these people who have given Anti-wrinkle injections such stigma, but believe it or not, these women/ men are the minority. The majority of both men and women undergoing antiwrinkle procedures, are guided to do so with a natural and progressive treatment plan to ensure a natural looking result.

Botox is one of the most popular, non-surgical cosmetic treatments due its ability to reduce wrinkles in a quick and affordable manner. Ever since Botox emerged onto the cosmetic scene, both women and men have used the treatment to help reverse signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is a great alternative to a face lift and offers far less extensive down time and risks involved.

Here are my top three reasons why it is ok to have Botox and to help alleviate the stigma :

1) BUT BOTOX IS POISONOUS?

Did you know that Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989? To date there have been no fatalities or serious side effects reported in association with its use. Botox is a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles allowing them to relax and in turn soften appearance of wrinkles.

The complications involved with Anti-wrinkle injections are very minor. Brow ptosis (a severe drooping of the eyelid) can occur in up to 5% of patient. (Great considering there has been tens of millions of treatments performed). The complications are typically very minor occurrences and resolve with time. People are quick to state that Botox is a poison and therefore unsafe, but so is any drug when overdosed. This is why Australia has extremely strict guidelines and policies for Registered Nurses and Doctors to adhere to, making sure your treatment is as safe and risk free as possible.

2) PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

A lot of women are under the disbelief that anti-wrinkle injections are only needed once they hit their 40’s/50’s. However it is my belief that preventing harsh lines from forming, begins in your late 20’s/early 30’s. Remember, the intention of antiwrinkle injections is not to keep you from having facial expression, but simply to keep you from making facial grimaces and frowns that have become habits and cause harsh static lines over time.

I myself have been having Botox injected into my frown and forehead for the past three years. I have a very low dose a couple of times a year which allows me to still have movement and look natural, but also gives me a slight brow lift and smooths the appearance of my forehead. I personally prefer this look on myself and therefore will continue to have anti-wrinkle injections throughout my 20’s and 30’s. Small amounts of Botox can be used to lift the brow, open the eye area and give a softer more pleasant appearance to the face at any age.

3) ITS NOT PERMANENT

I quite often hear my patients state “ But once you start having Botox, you can't stop”. The only truth in that is that you won't want to stop! Here is a simple break down of how it works:

The Botox is injected into the desired muscle, the nerves there are blocked and the injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften, and also helps prevent new ones from forming.

Once the protein stops functioning (typically within 2-5 months) it is broken down into amino acids and  excreted by the kidneys. Once the Botox has worn off, you are no worse off than before you started! You can either opt to treat with Botox again before the full contraction is back, or never have the injections again (but lets face it you’ll be hooked for life!).