Dr Somaiye Kadivar on anti-wrinkle and dermal fillers.
I’m sure by now most of you have heard of non surgical cosmetic procedures or the liquid face lift. Most of us are averse to having surgery but if there is a less invasive option with less down time then we’re interested. Now thanks to facial injectables we can have that refreshed, rested look without going under the surgeons knife. There are two broad categories of facial injectables. One is known as anti-wrinkle injections the other is known as dermal filler/gel.
Lets start with the first category. Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle in the site of injection. If the muscle doesn’t get the signal to move it doesn’t move or it “relaxes” which in turn helps to relax the lines caused by muscle movement on the surface of the skin. It takes anywhere from a few days up to a maximum of 2 weeks to see the results of the antiwrinkle injections. If the lines are very deep like in the frown area for example you may also benefit from dermal filler.
So what are dermal fillers and how do they work? The best type of dermal filler to use is the non permanent fillers as they are reversible and they are made out of a natural sugar based viscous fluid found naturally through out the human body. It is a clear gel that is injected under the skin in areas where we have lost volume due to fat pad and bone resorption which happens naturally as part of the natural aging process. Areas where we commonly lose volume are the forehead, the temples, the tear troughs (under the eyes) the cheeks, the nasolabial folds (next to the nose), the lips, the Preauricular hollows next to the ears and just under our cheek bones, the marrionettes or lip corners and the chin. So why would we be interested in restoring volume? Studies have shown that the reason we start to look “older” or more “tired” or “not our best” is due to shadows on our face caused by volume loss. When we restore the volume we minimise the shadow, giving us a softer, fresher, more rested and hence more youthful appearance. These are exactly the types of comments that you can expect to hear from your friends and loved ones after treatment with dermal filler. Comments such as: “your looking very fresh, have you been on a holiday recently?” or “your looking well rested, did you have a good nights sleep?”. I know I want to look my best but at the same time be very natural looking, I personally wouldn’t want people asking me if I’ve had work done. I also want to look like myself just a fresher version of myself. I think most people feel the same way. As a cosmetic medicine specialist who specialises in anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler that is my aim, to help people look like the best version of themselves, fresh, natural and glowing. If you have any questions please feel free to come in for a personalised one on one consultation where I will be more than happy to do a full facial analysis and discuss all of your treatment options.
Dr. Somaiye Kadivar