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Facial creases and wrinkles form in response to the repeated pull of facial muscles in a particular manner. Most people have a distinctive facial habit – grimacing, raising eyebrows, using one side of the face more than the other, etc – and so over time they will see a set of facial lines appear which reflect this individual habit.
Treatments using filler injections or skin peels can smooth over facial lines once they have already developed. The damage has already been done and will continue. Therefore, it would be preferable to treat the CAUSE rather than the EFFECT. The 'Hibernation Treatment' uses freezing injections to PREVENT skin creases from developing. This freezing is always temporary and never permanent, which is why it is called hibernation.
The primary aim of treatment is to break the habit of frowning and to re–educate the facial muscles so that the tendency to frown is lost. Usually patients have a number of these injections over a year or two until the frowning habit is broken.
For many, botulinum injections really are the ultimate cosmetic treatment. Not only do botulinum injections reduce or totally eliminate lines, leaving the patient looking 10–20 years younger within days. More importantly, by eliminating the cause of the lines i.e. the habitual, repetitive contractions of the muscles, it prevents them from coming back. In other words, if you have mild or moderate lines now, in 5 or10 years time those lines will be deep, possibly severe. However, by using botulinum injections those same lines will be less than they are today! This is why botulinum injections supersede any other wrinkle removal treatment.
Freezing injections are given most effectively to the forehead frown area, which temporarily puts the frown muscles to sleep for 3 to 6 months. The injections take around 5 to 10 minutes. The Surgeon will ask you to frown hard so that your individual, exact pattern of forehead and frown movement becomes visible. The injections are very mild and in many cases unnoticeable.
Afterwards, you will have some tiny red marks for approximately one hour where the needle was inserted. The injection begins to take effect after 3 to 4 days and you may notice that it will become more difficult to frown. After 1 to 2 weeks the muscle will be completely asleep.
Brow freezing is the most powerful of all anti–ageing treatments. Unlike other treatments, which 'mask' or 'hide' the ageing lines – it REMOVES them and PREVENTS them thus making YOU look younger!
Facial Rejuvenation Techniques
Ageing of the skin occurs in response to the repeated pull of the facial muscles and the gradual loss collagen and hyaluronic acid from our skin tissues. Previous sun exposure, smoking and simple genetics worsen the loss of collagen and influence the ageing of the skin. Facial freezing injections can help prevent, or at least slow, the formation of these lines. However, for creases or wrinkles on the lower face and well-established lines on the upper face, filler injections usually give superior cosmetic results.
Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid
Both collagen and hyaluronic acid are natural proteins present within our body tissues. They contribute to the texture, volume and elasticity of our skin by attracting and retaining water. Replacement of these proteins under the surface of the skin can result in a healthy and vital skin appearance, smooth out wrinkles, old wounds and acne scars or even enhance the definition of the lip shape.
Hylaform and Collagens
Hylaform and Collagen injections are very compatible with our own body tissues. They remain safely within the skin before eventually being broken down by our bodies. Therefore, re–treatment is required after around 6 to 12 months to maintain a visibly younger appearance. A pre-treatment consultation is essential to determine your needs and to explain what we can do for you. If collagen is being planned then a patch test is done to determine your skin's response.
A local anaesthetic helps in sensitive areas around the mouth and then small amounts of filler are injected to produce the desired effect. The effect can be seen immediately. After treatment, the area may be a little pink or puffy for a few hours but this is easily concealed with a light foundation.
Restylane and Perlane
Restylane and Perlane are hyaluronic acids that we can use to treat all depressions, folds, wrinkles and fine lines. No patch test is required and the result will last up to a year.
Lip Enhancement Procedures
Lips can be made to look fuller, more voluptuous and better defined, giving the patient a more youthful appearance instantly.