Month: May 2012

Which lines and wrinkles on your face do you want to reduce?

Many of us have lines or wrinkles on our face don’t we? Lines or wrinkles give the impression to others that we are getting older, yet more and more people are now finding that botox is able to help reduce them of these lines and wrinkles.

Over the years I have attended many courses on the use of botox, and recently I went to another practical course on Advanced Botox® Techniques. On this day we reviewed what we had done in the last couple of years and developed different areas where we could use Botox®. We found that many of us professionals who were using Botox® had found it useful in so many more areas than just lines.

As you read this, notice how many areas this simple technique is able to help with.

  1. Frown
  2. Crows feet (around the eyes)
  3. Eye Brow Lift
  4. Eye opening
  5. Bunny Lines (around the nose)
  6. Smokers lines (around the upper lip)
  7. Lift the corners of your mouth
  8. Gummy smile
  9. Nose to mouth lines
  10. Chin softening
  11. Jowels (around corner of the jaw)
  12. Neck
  13. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating from under the arms)

Botox® is a routine technique that takes only a few minutes to do, yet has results which last for many months, so while you read this now notice which lines you would like to reduce or remove or take a glance in a mirror and notice which ones seem worse.

I have been undertaking Botox® treatments for a number of years now and have treated hundreds of satisfied patients. We offer a Complimentary Pre Assessment to discuss your concerns and the possible solutions we could offer.

Now you have read this, and when you are ready to call the practice on 01707 261367

We have some amazing offers on Botox® and will always review the results after 2 weeks.

Prematurely aged, sun damaged skin.

Every moment of exposure to daylight adds up like money in the bank – the problem is the pay off known as sun damage (also known as photo damage). Sun damage shows on skin in the form of wrinkles and hyper pigmentation, and can lead to a repressed immune system and the potential for skin cancer.

Even if exposure is limited to brief outdoor lunches or a 20-minute walk, cumulative exposure is enough to cause the signs of skin aging. The first line of daily defense against sun damage is daily use of SPF. Even on cloudy or overcast days, UV light can strike skin and cause damage, so simply wearing sunscreen on sunny days isn’t enough. 

Fortunately, more sophisticated sunscreen formulations with skin health benefits (think less chalky, less greasy) have made SPF a convenient addition to our morning routine. Speak with your professional skin therapist about SPF moisturizers that can be worn comfortably under make-up, or alone to deliver defense against skin aging UV light.

 

Exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer, smoother look and feel of skin. Because of this result, many fall into the trap of over-exfoliation: an over-zealous approach that can actually reduce skin’s vitality and make it more susceptible to damage from UV light.

Over-exfoliation triggers the inflammatory response, leading to a compromised lipid barrier that won’t function properly, a sensitised skin condition, and accelerated premature aging. 

Tell-tale signs of over-exfoliated skin include:
   •    noticeable dehydration
   •    patchy areas of dryness
   •    skin tautness
   •    redness and itchiness
   •    increased sensitivity
   •    inflammatory acne and irritation

If you’re showing the signs of over-exfoliation, speak with a professional skin therapist, who will most likely prescribe a calming cleanser and toner, and a protective moisturizer to start the recovery process. Sun protection is a must: wear a sunscreen with physical UV blockers Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide that won’t irritate skin.  After skin recovery, begin exfoliating with a gentle exfoliant designed for daily use. If you desire a more intense level of exfoliation, look to non-abrasive exfoliants containing chemicals like Salicylic or Lactic Acid. Pair a gentler regimen with professional exfoliation treatments from your professional skin therapist to enjoy smoother skin without the undesirable side effects.

Hyper pigmented conditions occur when the skin produces more melanin than normal, sparking discoloration. CosMedix targets hyper pigmentation through gentle renewal and the inhibition of melanin-catalyzing enzymes. Usually sparked by sun damage, inflammation or skin injury, hyper pigmentation and melasma occur when the skin produces more melanin, or natural pigment, than normal, resulting in the formation of dark, irregular patches.

Tips on understanding potential Botox® side effects

 Tip 1.How To Avoid Headaches

 

Botox® can dehydrate your body and you will need to follow a couple of instructions to minimise and prevent this.

 

(a) We recommend to drink plenty of water after the procedure, at least 2 litres of water in the first 24 hours.

 

(b) We also advise to avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours.

 

(c)  You may want to take your normal painkillers a few hours before the procedure and after the procedure to prevent any headaches.

 

 

Tip 2.How To Prevent Drooping eyelids

 

There are a number of reasons why this may occur:

 

(a)  Too much Botox® has been given in the forehead. This muscle lifts your eyes, so if it is relaxed too much it will not be able to maintain the    position of your eyes.

 

(b)  Not enough Botox® has been administrated in your frown muscle. This muscle pulls your eyes down, so if this muscle is still active, then it will have a downward pull on the eyes

 

(c)  The Botox® may have travelled downwards to the eyes. This could have been caused by exercising straight after the procedure or bending downwards. So we recommend not to exercise for 24 hours after the procedure and also not to bend down too excessively

 

(d)  We also advise against having any facial massages or facials within 24 hours of having Botox®. This may migrate the material towards the eyes.

 

(e)  Also if you have a saggy upper eyelid, this would indicate your forehead muscle does not want to be frozen as this will most definitely cause the eyelids to drop. So in this instant you may not be suitable for Botox® and may need to seek alternative procedures.

 

 

 

Tip 3.How To Prevent The Frozen look

 

This will occur if too much Botox® has been administrated. We would normally recommend to underdose initially and if you require further treatment then to have the Top Up after a couple of weeks. The frozen look will disappear over time as the effects of Botox® begin to wear off. This is different for each person and can be anything between 3-6 months.

 

Tip 4.How To Make Sure Your Wrinkles are still not there

 

The effects of the treatment will normally take around 2 weeks to work. The first few days your skin will feel tighter at the injection area. You should have a review appointment 2 weeks after the initial visit. At this visit the Doctor will see if you require any further Botox®, known as the Top Up. This will take on average a week for you to see the results. If the wrinkles are still present then either you will need more Botox® or you were not suitable for the procedure, e.g deep lines or lines at rest only (i.e no lines on facial expression).

 

 

Tip 5.How To Reduce Any Inflammation and Swelling

 

You will experience slight redness at the injection sites. This is common, so don’t be alarmed. This will normally resolve within an hour of having the procedure.

 

Due to the amount of fluid being injected you will also expect to see some swelling at the injection sites. This will be similar to a bee sting and will resolve within an hour of the procedure.

 

This can be minimised by having the area frozen by an ice pack and also ask to have an ice pack given so you can apply it to the area for a couple of hours after the procedure.

 

You may experience some bruising in certain areas. To reduce this make sure the operator uses a thin needle. Also you want to avoid being directly injected into a vein and this risk increases the deeper the needle goes into the skin. If bruising does occur then you can use Arnica cream or Vitamin K cream to encourage healing and mask the bruise.