Often described as the "fountain of youth", Botox injections for wrinkles are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the world today. Botox, or better known scientifically as Botulinum Toxin Type A, was developed originally to treat muscle disorders such as uncontrolled blinking. Later over the years it was found to be effective in reducing wrinkles and approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002.
Botox treatment are used primarily to treat frown lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet and other wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead and around the lips that tend to accumulate over time, as a result of years of squinting and frowning. The Botox treatment works on these wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the underlying muscles and results are usually seen in just a few days.
Botox Treatment can also be very beneficial to people with excessive sweating (underarms, palms). On the hands, a condition called hyperhidrosis, can be very bothersome for people, especially in professions where they are regularly required to shake hands. The treatment is simple and involves tiny injections of Botox on the palms. Results last for months, and patients have reported a very high satisfaction rate.
Typical Recovery Time after Botox:
Botox Treatments and other fillers are done on an outpatient basis. Some patients come in on their lunch hour as these procedures only take 15-20 minutes. After the treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last for only a few hours-- a day or two at most, although everyone is different. Sun exposure should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappears.
With advancing age, skin becomes less elastic and the sun damage contributes to the loss of lip edge definition, wrinkles and irregular pigmentation. In addition to lines, lost facial and cheek volume may also be a concern. Many women want to restore the lost volume from their cheeks that may have left them looking flat or hollow.
Dermal fillers are injected into your skin to fill lines, enhancing your facial contours and lips for natural-looking results. Depending on your particular needs, your consultant plastic surgeon may recommend using combinations of different types of fillers for the best results.
Depending on your particular needs, your consultant plastic surgeon will recommend using combinations of different types of fillers for the best results. The two most popular materials used are: Hyaluronic acid (HA), and collagen. Injectable HA gel is a modified form of the HA that occurs naturally in your body. Injections help fill in and smooth away facial lines, acne scars or other skin contour deficiencies.
Collagen helps provide your skin its structure and elasticity whereas HA serves to provide volume and internal moisturisation for your skin. By supporting the skin’s natural collagen, collagen filler helps minimise lines, improves texture and gives the skin a softer and more even tone.
Botox for hyperhidrosis (Botox for excessive sweating in armpits, palms & soles)
Botox for hyperhidrosis
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat, however, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature.
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis:
Focal hyperhidrosis is the more common type involving excessive sweating on the feet, hands and in about 30 – 40% of cases, the armpits. Botox is recommended for the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis affecting the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis) when other treatments have not worked.
Generalised hyperhidrosis affects the whole body. It is much less common and is usually caused by another illness such as an infection, diabetes or when the thyroid gland is overactive. The excessive sweating usually stops when the illness is treated.
How common is Hyperhidrosis?
It has been estimated that up to 1% of the population has some form of hyperhidrosis. It usually starts during the teens and twenties.
What are the causes of hyperhidrosis?
It’s not known why some people are affected and others are not. Hyperhidrosis is caused by over activity of one type of sweat gland, the eccrine gland. These glands are found virtually all over the body surface but they are concentrated on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and in the armpits.
Many things can trigger normal sweating and this is also true for hyperhidrosis – it’s just the amount of sweating that varies.
Examples of triggers include:
. Heat or cold
. Alcohol, coffee or tea, smoking, hot or spicy food
. Stress, anxiety or strong emotions
. Certain times of the day
Nefertiti - jaw contouring and neck rejuvenation
The Nefertiti neck lift is a new technique where the clinician injects along the jawline and neck of the patient. This treatment is carried out by one of our clinicians by placing multiple anti wrinkle injections of along the lower jawline as well as down the side of the neck along the plasma bands or plasma muscle it is possible to greatly improve the definition and indeed the life of the jawline. Simultaneous to lifting the jaw line is the rebalancing of the underlying muscles and provide ‘lifting’ in the neck and jaw area.
It was Queen Nefertiti who had a well -defined jawline and a long tight neckline, and it was she who set the precedence for these features being a sign of beauty and indeed youth. These youthful attributes date back to the Egyptians. So named the Nefertiti neck lift as Queen Nefertiti possessed a long youthful neck and was known for her youthful beauty and defined strong tight jawline.
Queen Nefertiti, whose bone structure continues to be admired in modern times.
The Nefertiti Neck Lift works by relaxing muscles beneath the jaw, which contribute to a down ward pull along the jaw.
Once these muscles are relaxed the net effect is an upward pull from facial muscles, creating a more defined looking jawline neck and face.
The Nefertiti Lift requires approximately 30 units of anti wrinkle injections product. For a lasting result the treatment needs to be repeated every 3 to 4 months as with all anti-wrinkle treatments.
The Nefertiti Lift is a relatively new procedure, which gives a longer less wrinkled neck and eradicates the ‘turkey neck’ seen in older women. The Nefertiti neck lift redefines the elegant lines of the jaw and neck for a youthful, tighter, more contoured appearance without the need for surgery. The loss of volume in the cheek area or the flattening of the cheek an indeed the loss of jawline definition are two of the major features of the ageing face. Anti wrinkle injections can now be used along the jawline to reduce sagging and indeed to rejuvenate the jawline.
Chemical peels for hyper pigmentation
Skin ageing caused by sun exposure, facial blemishes due to excessive pigmentation and, in general, imperfections caused by melanin, are more and more common problems today. "Dark blemishes", especially on hands and face, are one of the greatest aesthetic concerns of modern women. It will only be possible to remove the skin blemishes and pigmentation with deep pigmentation peels that have a direct effect on the formation process of the pigment.
Benefits to Patients:
. Effective in all types of melasma (pigmentation)
. Compatible with all skin complexions
. There are minimal side effects (very little redness and flaking)
. Beneficial for acne patients by reducing oil gland productions
. Skin becomes bright and rejuvenated with lightening of spots and brown areas