The clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and there is chill wind a-blowing.
Not to mind the six weeks of Level 5 restrictions.
ANo wonder that there are furrowed brows, crow’s feet and wrinkles appearing on our visages in these days of stress.
SWhat better time to ask Mary Ward, Pembroke Dermal’s highly qualified and experienced facial aesthetics provider for a wart and all Question and Answer Session on anti-wrinkle injections or Botox injections as they are more commonly known.
How can you improve the tired appearance of my face?
As we age, our skin deteriorates, our faces lose volume and fullness, and with that lack of volume, our faces tend to droop and descend.The eye region in particular is affected by the descent and volume loss that occurs with ageing. Our upper eyelids and eyebrows can become heavy and droop.
By restoring lost volume in the face, it is possible to reverse these effects. Wrinkle reduction injections (Botox) can be given for the treatment of wrinkles that appear when moving the face and Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be used either to replace lost volume due to ageing, fill out deep lines or wrinkles, or to improve individual facial features (e.g. lip enhancement).
Tailored ZO skincare programmes, which can include peels help to restore the skin quality and lustre, giving the effect of skin rejuvenation.
I don’t have many wrinkles but what do I do to prevent them?
Skin loses elasticity as we age because collagen production slows down over time. This process can be exacerbated by a variety of factors, including sun exposure, pollution, and certain lifestyle habits. As you get older, your skin tends to become thinner and drier, making it more prone to wrinkles.
Our skin consultations give us an in-depth view into your lifestyle, genes and daily routine to enable us to come up with a tailor-made treatment plan individual to you.
To protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, it’s vital to apply an SPF of between 30 and 50 every day, even if it’s overcast.
Keep well hydrated and maintain a healthy diet high in antioxidants such as berries, spinach and beans.
Should I consider Botox in my twenties?
Everyone’s skin ages at its own pace, depending on your lifestyle, skin type, ethnicity, and genetics. If you have been a sun goddess for years and possibly a smoker, your skin is going to age differently than someone who doesn’t have these habits. If this is the case then you may have some lines showing which may be treated with anti-wrinkle injections.
However, a good, basic skin care routine, which includes an appropriate cleanser for your skin type (normal/oily or normal/dry), an exfoliant, and a sunscreen, can help address early visible skin ageing concerns that are common at this age.
By applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen you can help keep these signs of skin aging at bay, and help to prevent future damage to the skin.
How long does Botox last for?
With anti-wrinkle injections, everyone has a unique experience and results may vary. There will certainly be patients in which it lasts longer, in that 4-6 month range, or shorter, in that 2-month range. It is also common for first-timers to notice that it may not last as long initially but may last longer after the second treatment.
On average, it lasts for 3-4 months.
Will I look completely frozen if I have Botox administered?
The important thing is to go to an experienced injector and talk to them about your goals before the procedure. This is a common concern. Clients don’t want to look frozen after the treatment. They want “movement without lines.” Anti-wrinkle treatment has a reputation of “freezing” areas of the face but its optimal and best outcome is to prevent strong movement in areas, not freezing and to stop fine lines from forming.
We see all our anti-wrinkle clients 2 weeks later for a review to assess the outcome of their treatment and ensure they achieve their desired results.
How safe is Botox-I hear it is a toxin?
Botox is an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin type A. This toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although this is the same toxin that causes botulism, the doses used in cosmetic treatments are much smaller and safer.
The toxin was first used as a drug in the 1970s to treat strabismus, deviant eye muscles that cause double vision. It is also now used to treat a number of conditions such as excessive sweating, migraine headaches and overactive bladder problems.
When injected, the toxin blocks signals from your nerves to your muscles. This prevents the targeted muscles from contracting, which can ease certain muscular conditions and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I hear Botox can help with excessive sweating- can you tell me more?
Onabotulinum toxin A is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Toxin injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.
Toxin has been shown to result in a 90% decrease in sweating. Results start to be noticeable approximately 7 days after treatment with the full effects usually noted within 2 weeks. Dryness typically lasts 6 to 8 months.
Am I too old for facial aesthetic procedures?
There is no upper age limit for having toxin or filler treatments—the toxin is equally functional however old you are. However, as you age, wrinkles become more set in and this lessens the effect that toxin has on your appearance. As we age we lose volume in the face which can contribute to marionette lines and nasolabial folds forming, our cheeks flatten and we lose volume under the eyes.
Crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines on the face become deeper and more noticeable.
Lost volume can be restored with small amounts of injectable hyaluronic acid filler to gently ‘plump’ out the hollow areas and toxin can soften the lines on the face whilst keeping the results natural.
Anti-wrinkle treatments can offer an ideal way to improve what you already have, rather than completely transform your looks. However, you’ll need to manage your expectations. Toxin, or any other ‘tweakment,’ isn’t going to make a 60 year old look 30, but it will make a difference and help to slow down the formation of wrinkles and make you appear more refreshed and rested.
So, maybe Botox is the answer for the November Blues? Call Pembrokel Dermal to enquire about a discreet skin and facial injectable consultation or book online www.pembrokedeconsultation.ie