Aesthetic surgical procedures, although very effective are nonetheless invasive in nature with associated downtime. Nonetheless, this is still the correct course of action in most mature patients. However many patients who are just beginning to show signs of facial/ body aging desire improvement, without the investment in time and costs required for surgical procedures. For this younger patient population the ever-evolving catalogue of less invasive non-surgical treatment options is the answer to their needs. Most such procedures only require an office visit, with little or no downtime. With some treatments, no anaesthetic is necessary as the discomfort experienced by the patient is negligible. With others, one can utilize topical anaesthetic agents or nerve blocks.
Botulinum Toxin type A is a neurotoxins that prevents muscle contraction. The toxin works locally at the site of injection and thus can be used to modify facial muscle contraction and thus facial expression. This effect lasts for several months.In most of us, aging is accompanied with the development of fine wrinkles that progressively worsen with time if nothing is done about them. One could blame gravity, sleep lines, actinic damage but most importantly muscular contraction for these objectionable changes. Treatment with BOTOX can reduce facial lines and more importantly prevent their progression. BOTOX can also aid in contouring facial features.Injection techniques may vary depending on the physician. The treatment itself usually last less than 15 minutes and is done on an out-patient basis. Usually you will notice a clinical effect 1-3 days following BOTOX treatment. This effect is at its peak by 1-2 weeks.Risks associated with this treatment consist of bruising at the injection site, infection (very rare) and possible affect on nearby muscles due to unintended toxin diffusion.
With aging the very surface of the skin which is comprised of dead skin cells, does not slough off as often and as readily as in earlier years. The result is blemished, dull, and often wrinkled skin. A chemical peel can easily remedy this problem. It can be divided into light or a deep chemical peel depending on the solution used pending your individual needs. Either way a chemical peel essentially helps in shedding of the superficial skin layer thus improving skin colour and texture. The result is a nonsurgical cosmetic means of healthier, more radiant and youthful skin.You will not need anaesthesia to undergo a chemical peel. However, you should expect skin redness and scaling of the skin for a few days following the treatment. This reaction is more pronounced with deep peels, which are employed to help soften deep wrinkles. You should also beware of exposure to sunlight, which should be avoided until your skin has settled particularly if you are undergoing a deep chemical peel.The procedure involves the application of a chemical solution to the face or area of interest. During the process you may feel some tingling or even burning sensation (deep peels) depending on the type of chemical peel used, its strength and the duration it is left on your skin. After a deep peel it is important for your skin to be covered by petroleum jelly for a couple of days to protect the crust formed.
Soft Tissue fillers include a rapidly evolving group of injectable products for treatment of wrinkles or deeper lines of facial aging (such as the nasolabial folds). Fillers can also restore volume and add structure to the face. Variable applications depending on type and the depth at which the fillers are injected is ensured by a colourful product range. You can smooth out fine wrinkles, fill out deeper established lines (such as nasolabial fold), augment soft tissues (commonly the lips) or even effectively augment features such as the chin or over cheek bones.Clinically very soft fillers with smaller particle sizes (suited for lips, superficial lines) have a shorter duration of effect, while fillers that last longer tend to be denser (larger particle size) and are injected deeper where they will not be palpable (such as nasolabial folds). In the past silicone or collagen-based fillers were used. Nowadays however fillers are mostly based on hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally found sugar found in human skin. HA binds water when injected, just like a sponge absorbing water. It is eventually absorbed by your body hence the temporary effect as noted above. Results last from 3 months in high mobility areas (such as the lips), and up to maximum 9-12 months in regions such as the nasolabial folds. One major benefit of HA fillers is that allergic reactions are extremely rare.Treatments are office-based, meaning you only need an appointment during which time you can discuss your needs and concerns with Dr Ansari and can then immediately undergo treatment once mutual agreement is reached. The injection only takes a few minutes at most after numbing medication takes effect. As the procedure essentially involves injection of the filler, usual risks such as bruising, lumpiness, redness, product specific adverse reactions, and in rare cases local infections may occur.
PDO Fine Threaded Contour Therapy (FTC)
FTC -AKA biolift, V lift etc- therapy is one of the latest minimally invasive cosmetic tools that can be employed towards the goal of skin rejuvenation. It was developed in Korea and is a well-established technique in the Far East, rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It entails insertion of very fine needles just underneath the skin in various directions. Once the needles are removed a very fine absorbable suture material (PDO) is left behind. During the absorption process, the suture threads induce collagen formation and other skin changes that lead to skin tightening and rejuvenation.The treatment is ideal for patients who are experiencing early signs of facial aging, but who are yet too young for a more comprehensive surgical procedure such as a face-lift. It is however also useful in more mature patients, where although surgery is warranted, is not a desired option. The skin tightening and rejuvenation needs about two or three months to develop. That is the time needed for new collagen formation. The result lasts up to 1 to 2 years. The process can be repeated if desired until such time when it is deemed a surgical procedure is preferred.Although commonly used for treatment of facial sagging and tightening of the submental and neck area, the technique can literally be used anywhere on the body. For example, it can be used to tighten the skin of the upper arm, the tummy, thighs etc. It is a versatile and compatible tool that can be combined with other measures such as Botox, fillers, laser and so forth. FTC therapy does not really require administration of local anaesthesia. It is an office-based treatment, which can be performed after the application of a numbing cream to the skin. The treatment session is usually completed within one hour. Some bruising and swelling can be expected following the FTC therapy. This usually resolves with a few days. The use of cold compress and a soothing cream (eg.arnika cream) is advised during that period.
Similar to the face, hands can also show signs of aging. Sun damage, dry and thin skin, prominent veins and loss of volume are all common complaints in more mature patients. Thankfully, there are various options available to address such concerns leading to rejuvenated and youthful hands. Such cosmetic treatments are usually non-invasive or minimally invasive and will be carried out in an office-based setting.Lack of volume can be remedied with the help of either fillers or lipo-filling (autologous fat-transfer). Skin texture and sun-damage can be improved with the help of chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Prominent veins can be diminished by sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment. Patients should be advised that in most cases the process should be repeated at regular intervals until the desired change is achieved.
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- Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, Perfecta
- Prices may vary depending on region and filler used
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- Frown lines
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- All three areas
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