When you reach your mid-30s, some wrinkles that were only visible when you smiled or frowned become permanently visible.
Although wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process they can make you look tired, sad, or angry - even when you are not. Smoking, sun exposure and stress all make wrinkles worse but unfortunately over-the-counter skin creams are largely ineffective. Wrinkle fillers such as Restylane ® and Hydrafill ® are a safe and cost-effective way to reduce or remove facial lines and wrinkles with minimal down-time.
What are Juvederm Ultra ® and Restylane ®?
These non-surgical treatments restore the youthful features of the face by reducing wrinkles and adding volume to deflated skin. Both are made from a highly purified form of hyaluronic acid, in the form of a crystal-clear gel. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the skin that helps the skin hold water and provides youthful resilience.
What are the advantages over other wrinkle treatments?
When carefully injected, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers achieve a natural-looking, long-lasting result. Wrinkles and folds are immediately filled and corrected. Mouths too can become fuller and lips more clearly defined. In addition, augmentation in the cheek area can enhance a youthful appearance. No skin test is required, the treatment is quick and relatively painless- you can immediately return to your normal activities.
How does the treatment work?
A single treatment usually takes around 15-30 minutes. The injections are made using a pre-filled syringe equipped with a very fine needle. A local anaesthetic may also be used to eliminate discomfort around sensitive areas. The clear hyaluronic acid gel is deposited in specific layers of the skin (the dermis) to create fullness and to replace what age and the environment have taken away.
What results can I expect?
Fillers add volume to your skin without affecting your natural expression. It is non-permanent and is absorbed naturally over time - it's your choice when to have further treatment to maintain the effect. Combination of fillers with muscle-relaxing injections can further enhance the final result
How long does the treatment last for?
This depends upon the degree of correction required, local muscle activity, your age and lifestyle as well as on the injection technique . Clinical trials indicate that Juvederm Ultra ® and Restylane ® are effective for four to six months. The fact that the effect is not permanent is a great advantage - it allows a natural-looking result to be maintained whilst your face ages over time.
What are the side effects?
Numbing cream or injections are usually given in the area requiring treatment to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Following treatment there may be some temporary swelling, redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. This usually resolves within 1-2 days after injection into the skin and about a week after injection into the lips. Make up can be applied directly after treatment and you can resume your normal daily routine.