Long gone are the days when people were willing to put up with sagging cheeks and worry lines or have jowls that seem to droop with age, only to surely enough tick at us like an alarm clock at 5 a.m.
The days of care-free attitude towards sagging skin and aged, tired looks are long behind us, for better or for worse.
Today, the vast majority of people in the UK are not afraid to turn to cosmetic treatments. That said, they want these treatments to be gentle, natural and results-oriented.
They also want the results to harmonise with their natural beauty, maintain their facial structure, and exude an air of youthfulness and vitality that age and stress may have eroded.
They want to restore a youthful look, but one that is understated (i.e., not go back to looking like a 20-year-old again….ahem, Madonna).
That means no extreme transformation that compromises the natural contours, structure and beauty of the face.
Fortunately, revolutionary developments in the world of non-surgical cosmetic procedures like dermal fillers are designed with this exact goal in mind.
Their purpose is to revive declined collagen production, restore lost volume, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, but without the risk or extreme changes that plague surgery
The end result is a facial rejuvenation that screams out, " a long weekend in Lake District", not "overnight stay and eight weeks of recovery".
However, to achieve the most desirable results, a number of factors must be taken into consideration in order to reap the full benefits of dermal fillers.
Dr. Baldeep Farmah and his team at Dr. Aesthetica in Birmingham, are vastly experienced in providing their patients with the best results through non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
One of their best offerings right now is the Full Face Lift.
But before we explain how this treatment can bring about transformative results that only a few years ago could only be achieved through surgery, let us lay the groundwork.
The first step before getting any filler treatment is to understand the five elements that must come together in order to achieve natural-looking results.
- Right Injector
- Right Product
- Right Time
- Right Patient
- Right Treatment
Choose The Right Facial Injector
Injecting fillers is an art in itself, as every cosmetic injector must have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and an artistic eye to ensure that they deliver the desired result in a safe manner.
In fact, choosing the right filler provider is the most important decision you will make regarding your injectable treatments.
With the cosmetic injection market in the UK growing rapidly and new providers popping up seemingly every day, it can be difficult to find the right aesthetic treatment clinic for you.
Here are 4 tips to help you choose the right injection specialist:
a. Personal Referrals
A good way to choose a cosmetic injector is to talk to someone whose opinion you trust and who has had a great result themselves.
If you have a friend or family member who has been happy with their treatment and their cosmetic injector, there is a greater chance that you will also have a good result. Therefore, a good starting point is to ask people who regularly visit a cosmetic injector, about their experiences and gather any information you can.
b. Social Media
Social media can be a wonderful tool and resource to choose an injector. Facial injectables like dermal fillers are becoming less of a taboo subject, but with great popularity also comes poor reputations and rogue practitioners.
The good news is that most reputable filler injectors are not afraid to share their work on social media, especially on Instagram. Many are proud of their work and more than willing to showcase what's possible if you choose to work with them.
An online portfolio of before and after pictures will show you the injector's work and you can see if their artistic eye and skill set matches your vision. Keep in mind, results will vary from provider to provider.
c. Don't Select an Injector Based on Price Alone
Never choose an injector based solely on price. If injectables are priced too low, you risk compromising the quality of your injections and results. Injectables should be offered at a fair price that is convenient for both the practitioner and the person being treated.
More importantly, when prices are artificially reduced, it is because of one or more of the following: lower quality, less experience, inadequate training or knowledge of anatomy. While this may be OK for something such as a pair of shoes, it is not OK for a facial or body treatment!
Be sure to ask lots of questions about your previous experience before accepting a lower-priced treatment.
d. Ask Questions
When you first go to see a provider, do not be afraid to ask them a few questions about their experience and training.
These types of questions are necessary and should be part of the process when choosing your injector. After all, you are entrusting this person with your face.
To find out more about their experience and knowledge, ask them questions like where they were trained, how many years they have been injecting, how often they attend training, and what is their procedure for dealing with complications.
It is important that you get on well with your injecting doctor as this is crucial for a long-term relationship.
The last thing you want is to have to switch from one injector to another for your next filler appointment.
The bottom line is that injectable treatments with the right provider have very few complications and almost immediate, positive results.
2. Right Product
If you have done step 1 and chosen your injector carefully, they will help you to make the right decision. However, it is still very important that you also gain a good understanding of how to choose the right filler for your needs. The better informed you are about dermal filler treatment or any other cosmetic treatment, the greater the chance you will get the results you are looking for.
On a very basic level, dermal fillers achieve one of these goals:
- "fill in" areas where patients need or want more volume, contour, and definition. A great example is hyaluronic acid fillers. They provide immediate results and the treatment is reversible in the event of complications.
- stimulate the production of collagen, which in turn reverses the signs of skin ageing. Examples include calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) fillers such as Radiesse or fillers with polycaprolactone microspheres such as Ellanse. The results take time to show because new collagen fibres need time to develop. The good news the results typically last longer than HA fillers, but the downside is the treatment is not reversible.
The ability to reverse a filler treatment on a delicate area like the face in case of a complication is extremely important. That's why at Dr Aesthetica we only work with HA fillers like Intraline.
The next distinguishing feature between fillers is the G-Prime, which is the ability of the filler to maintain its shape when a force is applied.
Dermal fillers with high G-Prime are firmer and more likely to retain their shape. They have a higher lifting capacity and are easier to form to the bone structure of the face.
This property is especially beneficial for chin, jaw and nose fillers where you want a defined shape that is durable and resists pressure changes. Such fillers offer high lift and projection to the face and are useful for injecting deep subdermal layers.
On the flip side, using a high-G prime filler in the lips or under the eyes can result in very lumpy nodules that cannot be dissolved
In contrast, low G-Prime fillers are thinner, more fluid, and easier to spread. They are best suited for more areas with fine lines such as around the mouth, neck, and eye area. Such fillers are mainly designed for injecting into superficial dermal layers to smooth fine lines as well as improve skin quality and hydration.
Using a low G-prime filler for lifting the chin, cheeks or jawline will not harm the patient, but it is a waste of time and money. It does not achieve the desired cosmetic result
Another factor is the viscosity of the filler. Viscosity is related to the flowability of the filler and the spreadability of the filler. Typically, a filler with a High G Prime has a high viscosity.
Hyaluronic acid filler manufacturers offer both high and low G Prime products.
3. Right Patient
Are you the ideal patient for a filler treatment? How do you find out if you are?
The first obvious step is that you need to have a condition that dermal fillers can actually address. The good news is that dermal fillers are very versatile and can be used for a wide range of problems. So if you have signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, deflated cheeks, hollow temples, sagging, droopy skin, etc., you are probably a good candidate for dermal fillers.
But that's not the only qualifier.
Here are some other things you should consider.
- Are you in good physical health and have no health conditions that could affect your healing after treatment? That's why we perform a comprehensive medical examination on new patients before commencing any treatment.
- Do you smoke? Are you ready to give it up? Studies show that while smoking does not immediately negate the benefits of filler treatment, it does have a detrimental effect over time and tends to shorten the positive effects. If there is any bruising after filler treatment, it may take longer to heal if the patient continues to smoke.
- Are your expectations realistic? You need to have realistic expectations of the results you will receive and acknowledge that several treatments may be needed to achieve this result. If you want your nose or lips to look like exactly Angelina Jolie's after all the 'work done', then you may be disappointed with the results of the filler. If, on the other hand, you just want the tops of your cheeks to be firmer so they do not droop towards your mouth when you smile and talk then filler may be just the thing. You should also keep in mind that dermal fillers are only designed to improve your appearance temporarily. That said, they can last for up to two years and are a great way to significantly change your appearance without going under the knife.
4. Right Treatment
It is important to understand how treating different areas can improve overall facial outcomes.
The different areas of the face cannot be separated from each other. To achieve a natural-looking result with dermal fillers, a holistic approach is required.
But this has not always been the case. In the early days of dermal fillers, they focused only on a single goal, such as eliminating one or a few wrinkles, instead of on the overall aesthetic effect of the treatment. One of the first studies aimed at bringing about a paradigm shift was published by Rzany et al in 2012.
The study enrolled patients seeking tissue augmentation for at least three of eight indications, including periorbital lines, tear troughs, jowls, nasolabial folds, upper lip wrinkles and marionette lines.
Patients were treated with a range of five HA fillers, each with physical properties specific to the indication.
Improvement in all indications treated contributed to an overall improvement, as rated by both investigators and participants.
What does all this mean? While you can act on a deficit in one area to correct facial imbalances, it is more effective to address more than one deficit at a time.
So does this mean that you have to get fillers placed in every area of your face? Not necessarily.
The important thing is to take into account how treating one area will affect the overall balance of the rest of your face and adjust your treatment accordingly.
Again this comes down to selecting the right injector if you want to have natural-looking results with dermal fillers.
Bringing It All Together: The Non-Surgical Face Lift
The non-surgical facelift, also known as the liquid facelift, is a combination of minimally invasive procedures that rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the face, taking years off your face in just a few weeks!
We employ a combination of treatments to the temples, cheeks, under eyes, jawline, and five other areas, using as little filler product as possible. This is why this treatment is also called the 8-point facelift. The carefully placed injections are designed to lift the facial features and create a flattering and natural look, avoiding the unnatural results that can occur with other quick fixes.
This is because these areas of the face are connected by a sequence of contours that blend smoothly into one another.
The result is bright points and shadows that add to a person's natural beauty. With our professional assessment of the shape and proportions of facial features, we can achieve very pleasing and natural results.
The liquid facelift is the ideal treatment for patients who are starting to see looser facial skin structures with the development of some sagging and deflation as well as lines and wrinkles. However, each patient's face is unique and has its own set of challenges to contend with.
Our staff use their expertise to develop a tailored treatment plan that is perfectly suited to your unique facial structure. Because this is a non-surgical procedure, you can quickly return to your normal routine and enjoy immediate, positive results.
Fill out a consultation form here, or call us on 0121 769 0242. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have if you are considering getting a non-surgical full face lift.
And always remember that the ideal skincare regimen should not be one size fits all. It needs to be tailored to fit you and not the other way around.