Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How is Dermal Filler Different to Botox?

 by Dr Timothy Beazleigh

How is Dermal Filler Different to Botox?

People are often confused by the difference between Botox and dermal filler treatments, assuming they are the same. Whilst Botox is a muscle relaxant and is used to minimise muscle contraction thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles on facial movement, dermal filler is used specifically to restore volume to deeper, lines, creases and folds that are usually static i.e. permanently visible on the face even when the face isn’t moving.

Traditional areas to treat with standard dermal fillers – including Juvederm and Restylane – are the nasolabial folds (corner of the nostrils to corners of the mouth), marionette lines (corners of mouth to chin/jowls) and the smokers lines (above the top lip). Thicker, more volumising fillers including Juvederm Voluma are used specifically to the mid face region to augment cheek bones, restore volume and plumpness to the lower cheeks and redefine the chin and temples. Fillers are also used to enchance and recontour lips.

As a treatment with dermal fillers requires the needle to penetrate the dermis deeper than for a standard Botox treatment, there is usually more opportunity for bruising to occur as the blood vessels are not visible to the practitioner (beyond the superficial layer), but bruising is by no means a standard side effect and occurs in approximately 50% of treatments.

Juvederm is the filler of choice at Melior Clinics Botox & Facial Aesthetic London Clinic as, being monophasic, it is smooth in consistency and also contains a built in anaesthetic, making the process a lot more comfortable for the patient.

Monday, November 24, 2014

What is hyaluronic acid

Naturally present in the skin, hyaluronic acid maintains its hydration levels and contributes to its tone. It is a potent moisturising agent with a capacity to retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

 The amount of hyaluronic acid in the dermis gradually decreases with age. As a result, the skin becomes dry and fragile and the first wrinkles appear. When it is injected into the dermis, Teosyal effectively compensates for this deficiency due to its high hyaluronic acid concentration.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wrinkle Injections Vesus Facial Plastic Surgery

Many men and women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s find themselves wondering how they can reduce the signs of aging by tightening the skin and treating facial wrinkles. There are thousands of products on the market that claim they can rejuvenate the face and make people look years younger.

From facial creams, masques, exfoliates, and serums to Botox injections and dermal fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm to facial plastic surgery lifting procedures, there are so many choices available today. This can make it difficult for consumers to determine which treatments are right for their individual flaws and goals.

Botox Injections

Botox treatment is designed to paralyze facial muscles and relax the skin, resulting in a more wrinkle-free appearance. Because Botox treatment does not require actual surgery, many patients choose to have this non-invasive procedure performed rather than undergoing plastic surgery.

Dermal Fillers

Because Botox is derived from botulism poison and paralyzes the facial muscles, many men and women prefer to undergo dermal filler treatments instead of Botox injections. Dermal fillers fill in lines with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other materials to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Facial treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion can improve the tone and texture of skin. Like Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers, these skin treatments are non-invasive and patients experience little pain and downtime following these procedures.

Facial Plastic Lifting Procedures

Plastic surgery procedures such as facelift, browlift, and eyelid surgery are an excellent treatment for men and women who have areas with deep wrinkles or excessive sagging of the skin. Plastic surgery lifting treatments will provide more noticeable results for a longer period of time. To find out if you are a good candidate for a facial rejuvenation procedure, consult a local plastic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss possible treatment options and your personal aesthetic goals.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Which? gets illegal Botox advert taken down

Adverts for prescription-only medicines illegal

Action by Which? sees illegal advert for Botox injections and skin analysis taken down.

Our agreement was for 'wrinkle injections', not Botox.' They added that 'The deal should also have stated that these treatments are always subject to ...
Which? gets illegal Botox advert taken down

Adverts for prescription-only medicines illegal

People are increasingly choosing to give nature a helping hand

Action by Which? sees illegal advert for Botox injections and skin analysis taken down.

Adverts offered the treatments direct to the public via the Wowcher site, Metro newspaper and Wowcher's Twitter feed.
This is illegal under a raft of rules overseen by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The MHRA told Which? 'The promotion of any prescription only medicine to the public in the UK is prohibited. This would include any advertising for Botox.' It also told us it fully investigates all complaints received about Botox advertising to the public and takes action where necessary.
Wowcher's reaction

Wowcher is owned by AND Media, a division of the Associated Group - publishers of Metro and the Daily Mail.

A spokesperson for AND Media said: 'The deal offering skin analysis and facial injections has been withdrawn following an error in the way the deal was promoted. All Wowcher deals are subject to a thorough investigation before being offered on the site. Wowcher takes quality assurance processes, merchant selection and transparency in its deals for consumers very seriously.'
Wowcher also told Which? that:
The 41 people who bought the deal on the Wowcher site will be contacted to check they still happy to go ahead with treatment

There would be a consultation to decide whether treatment was appropriate

The doctor named as only leading the team in the advert would in fact be carrying out the procedures

The failure to attribute Botox as a trademark on the online advert was an error

The clinic's reaction

The clinic where the treatments were to take place, Gigi London Medical Aesthetics Clinic told Which? that 'We weren't given sufficient time to review this before it went live. Our agreement was for 'wrinkle injections', not Botox.'

They added that 'The deal should also have stated that these treatments are always subject to consultation. If someone is not suitable, they will get a full refund - our word is final.'
Take action

If you see advertising for Botox or other such treatments, you can complain via the MHRA website or the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The MHRA got 300 complaints about such advertising to the public in 2010. The ads were changed in more than 200 of those cases.
The ASA commented that 'Ads for Botox that are directed at the public would be in breach of the Advertising Codes and should be removed.'
Treatments You Can Trust

The advert was brought to Which?'s attention by Treatments You Can Trust, a self-regulatory body of injectable cosmetic providers.
Sally Taber, responsible for standards and training at Treatments You Can Trust, says 'With 1.4million cosmetic injectable treatments expected to be conducted in the UK this year, we are concerned by the increasing number of misleading and potentially unsafe deals for such treatments on group buying sites which are not only misleading but also putting the public at risk.'
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wrinkle Talk

Wrinkle Talk

Wrinkle Reduction Treatments Smooth out expression lines around the eyes and  forehead. The injections are a safe and effective method of temporarily reducing moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. They are unrivaled for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow's feet and can also be used to reduce excessive sweating.

Eliminate facial lines and wrinklingAnti-wrinkle injections use a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause facial lines and wrinkles. By blocking muscle action, the highly purified preparation minimizes the wrinkles associated with over-active muscles. They do not produce numbness or disturbance of sensation and will not radically change your facial appearance. You can still frown or look surprised, you'll just do it without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

Treatment is quick and easy, involving a series of tiny injections in the area where lines occur. This usually takes less than 10 minutes and involves only minor discomfort. The full effects of treatment take a few days to reach a maximum and in most cases last from 3-6 months. The treatment is very safe, with no systemic side-effects of note. Temporary side effects may include some tenderness and slight bruising at the site of injection.

Recommended treatment scheduleThe initial effects generally last from 3-6 months. Many patients find that after a few treatments the effects last longer, meaning follow-up treatments may be required less frequently.