Wrinkles are a natural part of ageing, regardless of skincare routines.
As we age the fat pads under the skin and the connective tissue within the skin begin to decrease resulting in laxity and sagging. Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by a combination of this aging process and repetitive contractions of muscles under the skin during normal facial expressions. Anti-wrinkle injections are used to relax these muscles, preventing creasing of the skin which in turn stops current wrinkles from deepening and further lines from forming. The effects of the injections are apparent after an average of three days, take about 2 weeks to settle and usually last for three to four months. Common areas for wrinkles to be treated are outside the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), frown lines on the forehead and frown lines in between the eyebrows. Wrinkles also form in the skin of the neck from the contraction of the neck muscles.
Dermal fillers are also used to enhance and beautify the natural curves and features of the face. Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid gel-type products that mimic the skin’s own natural hyaluronic acid and are injected into the dermal layer to sculpt the face and replace volume where it has been lost, restoring the normal, natural contours of the face. As we age the natural tissues and substances in our face degrade and start to lose their underlying support resulting in hollow areas, sagging of skin and wrinkle formation. Dermal fillers can also be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections to smooth out wrinkles and skin folds and create a more youthful appearance.
Some of the important areas of the face where fillers are used are lips, cheekbones, nasolabial folds, mouth corners, jawline, sagging eyelids, tear troughs, chin volume and chin crease. Different dermal filler products are used for different areas of the face and, depending on the product and the area being treated, can last from 9 to 24 months.
All injectables are performed by highly skilled and qualified Dr Deon Viljoen.
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