NON SURGICAL REJUVENATION
From the age of 35 onwards, a noticeable decrease in volume occurs in the upper part of the face due to the combined effects of fat loss, bone reabsorbtion and gravitational pull. The results are flattened cheeks, jowling (sagging of the jaw line) and looser skin, which wrinkles more easily.
Dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections are designed to be injected deep beneath the tissue, says Dr Rastogi. It has the ability to create significant bulk, is long lasting (1-2 years) and allows me to sculpt the face very precisely. The product creates a similar effect to cheek and chin implants but without the surgery and takes roughly 30 minutes in the chair. It has given me a much greater ability to rejuvenate the upper face but the added fill also takes up the loose skin and so tightens all the way to the jaw line to improve jowling.
Anti wrinkle injections can also help treat dark circles under the eyes. These are another feature that creates an aged, unhealthy and unattractive appearance to the face, often caused solely or in part by deep tear troughs. This is a groove in the bone just below the eye socket, causing a shadow. Dark veins running near it also add to the colour.
A soft but long-lasting hyaluronic acid filler which matches the consistency of the tissue around the eye is used to fill the tear trough and lift the overlaying tissues away from the dark veins.
Even a subtle decrease in brow height adds to an aged appearance. It makes the face look more tired, makes the eyes appear less bright and wide open and causes an excess of skin on the upper eyelid. Injectable muscle relaxants can create a very good improvement here by rebalancing the muscles and lifting the brow. However, the results can be further enhanced by injecting a filler such as Juvéderm Ultra or Ultra Plus, which have a very soft and fleshy feel, and matches the natural tissue found in the brow area perfectly.
With this more advanced wrinkle treatment technique the brow can be further lifted and supported with the fillers and can also pad out the area below the brow plumping up the tissues to restore the youthful appearance here and in doing so further taking up the loose upper eye lid skin. The technique is invaluable for patients who do not have enough active muscle above the outer brow to achieve an adequate lift with the use of injectable muscle relaxants alone.
Filling out the nasolabial folds and marionette lines which are the results of gravitational cheek sag around the sides of the nose and corners of the mouth are also essential in preventing the early signs of age as are filling out fine lines and wrinkles around the cheeks and mouth. The right filler to use here is whichever has the right lifting ability and textural consistency to match the surrounding tissue. And, of course never under estimate a subtle enhancement of the lip border and lip volume.
When a facelift is required to lift and tighten the face then nothing else will create the same improvement. However, the gap between non-surgical rejuvenation and the scalpel is even greater with better products and better techniques. And with a skilled and artful hand to create subtle and natural results the new products available certainly spread that gap by several years.
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Q&A with Dr Rastogi
Q. What are Injectable Muscle Relaxants and how do they work?
A. Injectable muscle relaxants are a purified protein, a medicine that removes lines and wrinkles from the face by relaxing the overactivity of the muscles that cause the lines, with precision placement it can also be used to rebalance the facial muscles to overcome the ageing effects of gravity, and, therefore, produce a more youthful appearance.
Q. Are anti wrinkle injections safe for wrinkle treatment?
A. Yes, it has been used for many years in medicine without any cumulative or long term side effects, so we know it is safe.
Q. Why do people seek wrinkle treatment?
A. Largely because people are much healthier today, the physiological age and lifestyle at age 40 for example is that of a 30 year old. However, when they look in the mirror, what they see is not consistent with the way they feel on the inside.
The essence of facial harmonising is to maintain the positive expressions, but relax away the negative ones to provide a youthful, and attractive balance to the face. We highlight the positive character, maintain natural expression, and erase the negatives. For example, the smile lines around the eyes and the little “comas” at the edge of a smiling mouth are pleasant lines. They say I smile, I’m happy, I’m approachable. These are positive expression lines. However, when they extend from the side of the eyes, across the cheeks and temples or, when they become more deeply etched, they become ageing. Facial harmonising with injectable muscle relaxants and dermal fillers allows the skilful Cosmetic Surgeon to give you your cake, and allow you to eat it too.
We can maintain our positive character but lose the signs of ageing by “balancing” the extent to which we erase the lines. The frown line between the eyes (glabella lines) on the other hand, are negative expression lines. They say, I’m grumpy, I’m always angry, I’m unapproachable. These lines often misrepresent a happy person whose brow furrows when they think, talk, or face the sunlight. In this instance injectable muscle relaxants can remove the unwanted, negative expression, leaving a more pleasant and serene look to the face.
Q. Can you explain about rebalancing the facial muscles with Injectable muscle relaxants?
A. We use precision anti wrinkle injections (muscle relaxants) to rebalance the anti gravity facial muscles against the muscles that pull the face down, therefore, lifting the face to produce a more youthful appearance. It can be further used to harmonise the face, for example we can produce a “non surgical brow lift”, opening the eyes wider to make them more engaging and inviting, or to erase the marionette lines that run from the corner of the mouth down to the chin, and impart an aged appearance.
This is produced by advanced anti wrinkle injections techniques that require the artful placement of precision Injectable muscle relaxants which rebalance the facial muscles.
There is an art and a science to the use of Injectable muscle relaxants and dermal fillers in facial harmonising. An artistic and skilful Cosmetic Surgeon can enhance youthful beauty, maintain natural expression and erase negative and ageing attributes from the face.