Wrinkle Reduction

Facial lines and wrinkles generally begin to appear in your early thirties. On the upper part of the face these are usually the result of expression muscle actions, such as frown lines, smile lines around the eyes and forehead lines.

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Procedure Overview

Though they can appear earlier or later, depending on many factors like genetics and lifestyle – wrinkles, crows feet around the eyes and other facial lines generally begin to form in your early thirties.

Wrinkles form on different parts of the face for different reasons including the environment, smoking, sun exposure, diet and lifestyle. These factors are more responsible for the wrinkles on the lower half of the face. Gravity also naturally takes hold from ageing, causing wrinkles to the lower parts of your face.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is wrinkle reduction?

    Wrinkle reduction refers to various cosmetic procedures and treatments aimed at diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging on the skin. These treatments can target different layers of the skin and may involve both invasive and non-invasive techniques.

    Why is wrinkle reduction performed?

    Wrinkle reduction treatments are performed to:

    • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Improve skin texture and tone.
    • Enhance overall skin firmness and elasticity.
    • Restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
    How is wrinkle reduction performed?

    Wrinkle reduction can be achieved through various techniques, including:

    Topical treatments: These include skincare products containing retinoids, antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, which help improve skin texture and stimulate collagen production.

    Injectable treatments: Botulinum toxin injections (e.g., Botox) and dermal fillers (e.g., hyaluronic acid fillers) are commonly used to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing muscles or adding volume to the skin.

    Laser and energy-based treatments: These include procedures such as laser resurfacing, radiofrequency microneedling, and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, which stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture.

    Chemical peels: Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate and rejuvenate the outer layers, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

    Is wrinkle reduction performed under anesthesia?

    Most wrinkle reduction procedures are performed using local anesthesia or without anesthesia, as they are minimally invasive and generally well-tolerated by patients. However, some laser resurfacing procedures or more invasive treatments may require anesthesia or sedation.

    What is the recovery process like after wrinkle reduction?

    The recovery process after wrinkle reduction depends on the type and extent of the procedure performed. While some treatments may have minimal downtime and mild side effects such as redness or swelling, others may require several days or weeks of recovery. Patients are typically advised to follow post-procedure instructions provided by their provider and avoid sun exposure and harsh skincare products during the healing process.

    Are there any risks or complications associated with wrinkle reduction?

    While wrinkle reduction treatments are generally safe, they may carry certain risks and potential complications, including:

    • Redness, swelling, or bruising at the treatment site
    • Allergic reactions or adverse effects from injectable products
    • Changes in skin pigmentation
    • Infection
    • Scarring or skin damage (more common with aggressive laser resurfacing)
    • Overcorrection or undercorrection of wrinkles with injectable treatments
    When will I see the final results of wrinkle reduction?

    The timing of final results varies depending on the type of treatment performed. Some treatments, such as injectable fillers, may provide immediate results that improve over the following days or weeks. Other treatments, such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, may require several weeks or months for the full effects to become apparent as the skin heals and collagen production increases.

    How long do the results of wrinkle reduction last?

    The duration of results from wrinkle reduction treatments varies depending on factors such as the type of treatment performed, the individual’s skin condition, and lifestyle factors. Injectable treatments typically last several months to a year, while laser and energy-based treatments may provide longer-lasting results with proper maintenance and skincare.

    How can I schedule a consultation for wrinkle reduction?

    If you’re considering wrinkle reduction treatments, we recommend scheduling a consultation with dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon specialising in aesthetic procedures. During the consultation, the provider will evaluate your concerns, discuss your goals, and recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.

    What causes wrinkles under and around the eyes?

    Wrinkles around the upper area of the face tend to be the result of repeated expression muscle actions.

    Constant facial expressions cause the muscles to force wrinkles and lines to appear. This is so that the skin can contract and relax more effectively, making more space for your muscles to move.

    Repetitive pursing of the lips through smoking, squinting and frowing, for example. These expressions lead to commonly complained about wrinkles under the eyes, smile lines around the eyes, crows feet or frown lines, and general forehead lines.

    Even when some people are relaxed, wrinkles are still visible and become more prominent depending on the facial expression.

    For other – perhaps luckier – people, the wrinkles and lines aren’t visible at all when relaxed and nowhere near as prominent when expressing themselves.

    Will my consultation be with a surgeon?

    All consultations take place with a surgeon. We believe that only a surgeon can help and advise you on the best wrinkle reduction procedure to achieve the results you would like.

    During your initial consultation, we will ask you about the results you are looking for with the wrinkle treatment and explain the procedure so that you understand every stage of the process. The most important thing is that you feel completely at ease with the procedure and in our care.

    Our aim is to have you leave fully aware of the procedure and the resulting enhancement with whatever wrinkle reduction treatment you choose.

    Are your consultations free?

    All of our consultations are free with no obligation. You will be provided with advice and information relevant to achieve the results you desire. After consulting with our consultant you can have the wrinkle treatment on the day of your appointment if you wish.

    Which areas of the face are treatable?

    The ideal areas that work for botox treatment are the lines on the forehead, crows feet, deep creases and wrinkles between the eyebrows in the frown area, laughter lines and crows feet that radiate away from the eyes.

    While these are mostly areas in the upper face, this treatment is also effective for the lower half of the face. Botox may also work well for tight chins, neck lines, pout lines on the lips and marionette lines around mouth angles.

    Results are dramatic, but this wrinkle treatment will not radically change the look of your face. A natural look is still retained as the muscles are just relaxed – you can still make the expression you normally would, just minus the wrinkles and creases appearing in the treated areas.

    Looking surprised, smiling and frowning can still be done, contrary to false information about this treatment.

    What happens during the Botox Wrinkle Reduction Procedure?

    A very fine needle is passed through the skin and into the superficial muscles of the face. A miniscule amount of Botox is then injected into each overactive muscle responsible for wrinkles, causing it to relax.

    How long does the Botox wrinkle treatment last?

    The relaxation of the facial muscles lasts for between 2 and 6 months, or often even longer. Do note that it takes between 3-5 days for the treatment to take effect and up to two weeks for it to become fully apparent.

    Over this period of a few months, the nerve impulses return allowing the muscle to contract again. However, during this time these specific muscles get smaller as they’re unable to exercise themselves.

    This means that after a number of treatments and injections, these muscles may have relaxed to the extent that they no longer have enough strength to create wrinkles and deep expression lines.

    What happens after Wrinkle Reduction Treatment?

    No local anaesthetic is needed and you can resume normal activities immediately. Treatment takes around 15 minutes, depending on the number of areas and lines you wish to treat.

    Once you have been treated with the botox, it usually takes two to five days before treatment actually takes effect and 2- 4 weeks to notice the full effect on your facial lines.

    You may need to have top-up injections to maintain your desired appearance. Clinical studies indicate that the duration of treatment benefit is increased over time so that you should require injections less frequently in the future.

    What is Botox or Botulinum Toxin A?

    Botox or Botulinum Toxin A is produced by the clostridum botulinum bacteria and is a purified protein.

    While seeing the word ‘toxin’ may understandably ring alarm bells, the dose used for cosmetic treatments is a much diluted form – in fact, for it to become a toxic dose, it would need to be administered in a quantity over 3000 times larger than for aesthetic procedures.

    Nevertheless, Botox can only be prescribed by a professional following a consultation as it is a prescription medication. Our doctor is of course qualified to administer botox with years of experience and qualifications.

    It may surprise some to learn that Botox is available on prescription, but Botulinum toxin has previously been used for decades in treating medical issues effectively. It’s only garnered popularity as an aesthetic enhancement in more recent years.

    The aim of the Botox injection is to block the nerve signals responsible for the small facial muscles from contracting. This causes the muscles related to wrinkles and facial lines to relax. This smooths out your face wrinkles. The procedure is reversible and not permanent.

    The muscles that were left untreated will still contract normally in those areas of the face. Which means normal facial expressions can be maintained and aren’t affected.

    Wrinkle treatment and injections to relax your face muscles dramatically soften facial expression lines that include crow’s feet, smile wrinkles around and under the eyes, frown lines and temple lines. This provides you with a more youthful appearance in a natural looking way.

    Wrinkle Treatment for Reduction of Lines

    These facial lines and wrinkles can be treated with Botulinum Toxin A – commonly marketed with the name Botox. This is a brand name of the botulinum toxin, which may also be branded under the names Dysport, Vistable and Xeomin.

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