Botox and dermal fillersPublished on 20th September 2019
Liverpool Botox and dermal fillers
Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic injectable treatments that can be used separately or in combination. Botox and dermal fillers can greatly improve the appearance of the skin giving a fresher, more youthful appearance.
These non-surgical treatments are very popular and are a really effective way to preserve youth and diminish lines, wrinkles and hollows. Botox and dermal fillers are often preferred to surgical procedures such as facelifts and eye-bag removal.
Why are Botox and dermal fillers used?
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, collagen is depleted and muscles slacken, resulting in lines, wrinkles, and dry and sagging skin. The skin loses volume, and as the years go by gravity causes the skin to droop and facial folds to develop.
Many factors speed up the ageing process, such as smoking, exposure to sunlight, poor diet, stress, and genetic factors and so people age differently.
Some people want to slow down the ageing appearance of the skin and use Botox or fillers or a combination of both treatments to address lines, wrinkles, sagging, hollows and loss of skin volume.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (brand name Botox) is an injectable muscle relaxing treatment used to smooth out wrinkles. It is the world’s most powerful poison but it is used for aesthetic purposes in the tiniest amounts to relax muscles which has the effect of reducing lines and wrinkles. It has been licensed for cosmetic use since 1990 and is the number one requested non-surgical treatment in the UK.
Botox is used to treat lines and wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet) where muscles contract to cause wrinkles.
Muscle relaxing injection treatment takes only a matter of minutes and is only very slightly painful when the injections are administered. There isn’t usually any swelling or bleeding but there is usually some redness at the injection sites and whilst patients can drive and carry out their usual activities straight away afterwards, they are advised not to undertake any vigorous exercise for 24 hours afterwards and to avoid saunas for a few days.
Results begin to take effect with a few days, with the full result visible in around two weeks. Some practitioners offer a “top-up” service where they see a patient after two weeks and give a little more Botox if the desired effect hasn’t materialised.
What is filler?
Dermal fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) are injectable treatments used to plump out hollows and restore volume in the face. Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the skin but is depleted during the ageing process. Dermal fillers are versatile treatments that can be used to increase lip volume and redefine lip shape, to restore cheek volume, to treat nasolabial folds, to plump out hollows under the eyes (tear trough fillers,) to augment the chin and nose, and to redefine the jawline.
Fillers plump out hollows and simultaneously treat lines and wrinkles and as there is no downtime post-treatment, patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterwards if they so wish, although patients are advised not to touch the treated area for 6 hours post-treatment, and to avoid blood-thinning treatments for two days pre and post-treatment.
Dermal filler is long-lasting, safe (in the right hands) and very effective for restoring lost volume in the face and giving a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers can be administered in around half an hour, although sometimes numbing cream usually needs to be applied which takes 20 – 30 minutes to work. The results of dermal filler are immediate. Whilst they are temporary, they are long-lasting, and fillers do last many months, typically between 9 and 12 months depending on the area treated and product used. They can sometimes last for 18 months and beyond.
Dermal fillers can cause redness, swelling and slight bruising and a small amount of discomfort post-procedure.
Learn more about the dermal fillers we use at Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic here
Why are Botox and fillers so popular?
In a nutshell, they work. Both products are increasing in popularity year on year and that’s because they’re effective as well as being cost-effective.
Botox and fillers at Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic
It can’t be overestimated how important it is that patients research Botox and dermal filler providers before undergoing treatment. You must ensure that the practitioner who you entrust to carry out the procedure is suitably qualified and experienced – social media is awash with people claiming to be “aesthetic practitioners” but no one should let anyone who isn’t medically qualified and highly trained and experienced in injectable treatments anywhere near their face.
ALL injectable treatments carry a risk, but these are minimised when practitioners have the knowledge and skills required to work safely and to address issues in the unlikely event they occur. Risks of harming patients are much higher when practitioners are not medically qualified and don’t know what to do in the event of side effects and serious complications.
When badly administered, Botox can cause droopy eyelids and uneven eyebrows, and we have all seen the horror stories relating to badly administered dermal filler – from huge, lumpy lips, to people who’ve been left permanently disfigured when fillers have been injected into blood vessels. Badly administered tear trough fillers by unqualified people purporting to be legitimate aesthetics practitioners have led to 100 people worldwide being blinded.
Learn more about the work being done to ensure patient in aesthetics procedures here
Here at Liverpool Cosmetic and Aesthetic Clinic Botox and fillers are carried out by highly trained medical professionals who are experts in facial anatomy and the products they use. Injectable aesthetic treatments are carried out by our doctors and cosmetic surgeons, who are all registered and fully insured.
We do not carry out any aesthetics procedure without a thorough consultation first, where we ascertain client expectations and find out about existing medical conditions, allergies etc. We thoroughly explain the procedure and what to expect, as well as listing the potential side-effects and complications. There is never any pressure whatsoever on anyone to undergo the procedure after consultation.
We pride ourselves on the high standard of care we provide here at Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic. Please get in touch to make an appointment for a consultation for dermal fillers and/or Botox.
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