What are Cosmetic Injections?
Over time our skin reacts to time and climatic elements, particularly the sun. Years of muscle actions like frowning, smiling, squinting and smoking cause us to develop frown and forehead lines, smile lines, smokers lines and crows feet around the eyes. As the skin loses its resilience over time, we also develop lines in the lower face particularly around the mouth, on the cheeks, and between the nose and corners of the mouth. There are non-surgical techniques to relax our muscles and decrease the prominence of facial lines and wrinkles. These techniques are so versatile they can even be used to achieve slight eyebrow lifts and improve the lateral angles of the lips.
There are also fat dissolving injections for the appearance of extra skin and fat under the chin. Fat dissolving injections are individually tailored injectable treatments that permanently destroy fat cells under the chin. The active ingredient is an acid which has been well established to break down fat. The course of treatments involves 2 to 4 sessions of injections approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Post treatment, the patient may experience bruising, swelling and tenderness.
Due to government regulations we are unable to name the products used for cosmetic injections.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone wanting to address facial wrinkles can be candidates for cosmetic facial injections. Some people have very few facial lines but still like to minimise the actions of frowning and squinting. By limiting these actions they will also slow down the further development of these lines. Other people who have developed facial lines over the years can have them treated more intensely for an effect that has little to no movement.
The typical areas treated by cosmetic injections include:
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Worry lines which run horizontally across the forehead
- Deep smile lines which run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Smoker’s lines or lipstick bleed lines which run vertically around the mouth
- Marionette lines at the corners of the mouth
- Lip enhancement
In some people, facial lines or folds have developed over the years due to skin laxity. In these cases, facial plastic surgery options may be more appropriate than cosmetic injections.
What is involved in the treatment?
Cosmetic injection therapy is considered a non-surgical procedure that takes between 30 and 60 minutes of your time. The procedure requires a consultation with our Doctor and Nurse Aesthetician. It is important to understand what our patient is wanting to treat and if it is a result which we can achieve. There are many products available, but essentially, the use of very fine injections are made into the areas to be rejuvenated. A local anaesthetic is sometimes used to decrease the level of discomfort, before and during the procedure. Depending on the desired effect, initially treatment is usually maintained with periodic follow-up treatments.
What can you expect after the treatment?
With some forms of cosmetic injection therapy there are no immediate after effects. Occasionally, very slight redness or swelling can occur immediately after the treatment but this is short-lived and can be easily covered with make-up. In these cases our Nurse Aesthetician may apply the Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup. Most of the products will give instant and dramatic results, others may be more effective within the following 3-10 days.
Contact us for further information on anti-ageing injections. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.