Throughout the ageing process collagen and elastin production in the skin begins to slow down so that specific areas of over-use around the mouth and nose become damaged and lines become permanent. These tend to be due to the fact that although we lose volume in these areas, we do not lose the skin and this can cause deep lines and, in some cases, folds in the skin as well as volume loss. Hyaluronic acid is a water based gel that is used to raise these lines and folds so that they are either softened or in some cases eradicated completely. Hyaluronic acid is already in the skin, therefore is not a foreign substance being introduced into the body. As it is water based, it makes the skin look more hydrated and healthier, so not only helps soften lines, but improves the skin's appearance.
What happens during treatment?
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Prior to your treatment, a local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area and should help with the pain management. The practitioner will then assess your face to decide with you what areas exactly to treat and the injection technique they will use. A short needle is used to inject the dermal filler into the appropriate area. This may cause some slight discomfort, but will vary from person to person.
What should I expect after my treatment?
The area may have some redness and swelling, which normally resolves in a day or two, and all swelling should subside within 2 weeks, but once again this can vary depending on the individual. Lip treatments may take a little longer to settle. After treatment, you should not massage the injected area and avoid wearing makeup post treatment for 12 hours if possible, as an infection control policy. Until the initial swelling or redness has resolved, do not use sun beds, saunas, steam rooms and avoid extreme temperature.
The treatment normally starts to take effect immediately, but this may vary slightly with some individuals. The effects will normally last between 6 and 12 months, when you will start to notice the lines re-appear or become deeper.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of this treatment are extremely rare as Hyaluronic acid is a substance that already exists in your body. Most people find that the injection causes some discomfort. Immediately after the treatment there may be swelling which usually subsides in a day or two. Other side effects that are extremely rare are lumps under the skin but this can usually be resolved by gentle massage of the affected area. If this does not work, they will have to be left and they will disappear on their own.
In extremely rare cases, patients have developed an allergy to the treatment.
If you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother, we will not be able to carry out the above treatment. Clients with active acne or rosacea, herpes, skin infections, warts or raised moles on the face will not be able to receive this treatment. Clients on anti-coagulant therapy, although only pin point bleeding is achieved, should have their coagulation status checked to confirm a normal clotting / bleeding profile as this can increases the potential for bruising. Clients taking Aspirin or similar medication have increased potential for bruising.
Other treatments we provide:
- C02 Fractional laser skin resurfacing
- Vaginal Rejuvenation
- Weight Loss Programme
- Cellulite Reduction
- HydraFacial Treatments
- Injectable Skin Treatments
- Dermal Fillers
- Cheek Enhancements
- Lip Augmentation and Enhancement
- Hand Treatments
- Skin Rejuvenation
- 3D Ultrasonic Liposuction
- 3D Ultrasonic skin tightening
- Permanent Hair Reduction
- IPL Thread Vein Removal
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
- Genuine Dermaroller Therapy
- Microsclerotherapy Vein removal
- Skin Peel Treatments
- Semi Permanent Makeup
- 3D SkinMed
- Plexr Plasma Soft Surgery
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