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Reducing wrinkles

Injections to reduce wrinkles work by preventing particular muscles from contracting. Use of such injections can be used to treat “blepharopasm”, a condition affecting the eyes, and to banish facial tics.

When facial muscles contract, they produce lines, wrinkles, and furrows in the skin. By preventing such contraction, we can reduce or remove wrinkles and lines. The result is a face that has a smoother, unlined and fresher appearance.

Popular areas for treatment include lines between the eyebrows (“frown lines”) and “laughter lines” (or “crows feet”) at the side of each eye. Other areas of the face may also be treated, including lines around the upper lip and neck muscles.

For most people, wrinkle-reducing injections replace a weary, intense look with a softer, more youthful appearance. The treatment, which involves just a few minutes with little discomfort, may also be used to reduce excessive sweating under the arms, and for treating anal fissures. After treatment, any redness or swelling usually subsides within a day or two.

Fillers

Injections with soft tissue “fillers” offer a simple non-surgical method of improving facial appearance. Working completely differently from injections to reduce wrinkles, the idea is that plumping or augmenting tissue can help to reverse some of the signs of facial ageing.

Such signs may include thinner, uneven or less full lips; deeper lines running from the nose to the side of the mouth (“nasolabial folds”); lines or wrinkles on the upper lip; scars caused by acne and other causes. Fillers can also help with a hollow gaunt appearance due to loss of facial fat, for whatever reason.

Injecting fillers is usually performed as a simple outpatient procedure, usually requiring local anaesthetic to numb the area, either through a cream or by an initial injection of local anaesthetic. After treatment, any redness or swelling usually subsides within a day or two.

Chemical peels

Dead skin cells on the surface of the skin often result in a rough, dry and agedlooking complexion. Chemical peels remove these dead cells, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Similar to exfoliation, chemical peels remove outer layers of skin to reveal the healthier, vibrant skin beneath.