We all want to look and feel our best, to achieve this it is important to first embrace what you love about yourself, but also to enhance what you want.
Beauty is classically defined by symmetry, balance and harmony and these are all influenced by how well your features work in combination. Many of us feel however that the balance or symmetry of our facial features is not in harmony and that a subtle enhancement may help us achieve a more beautiful appearance. It may be that you have an area that has always concerned you e.g. thin lips or lack of jaw definition or it may be that over time you have noticed a change to the shape of your face e.g. sagging jowls or under eye hollows. Whatever your concerns are there is a facial sculpting treatment using dermal fillers that can help you achieve the look you desire. Popular areas for treatment include cheek contouring, adding volume to lips and adding definition to chin and jaw.
Facial sculpting treatments use dermal fillers injected under the skin in precise sequences at specific locations to enhance and define facial features. Dermal or Hyaluronic acid fillers are a versatile gel like product containing a synthetic non animal based version of hyaluronic acid that is stabilised by cross linked molecules. Results are seen instantly, although for some treatments the optimal effects may be seen after a course of treatments. Over time the fillers are slowly but naturally absorbed by the body. This generally occurs over a period of 9-24 months depending on the area treated and the type of filler.
Juvederm® dermal filler products are made using advanced technology and have an established safety profile. There are potential side effects although these are mainly minor and temporary, they will be discussed in detail with you at your consultation before any treatment takes place. I work to reduce the chance of any complications by precision, attention to detail and advanced level training in this area. The dermal fillers injections are fully reversible if you are unhappy with the effect.
I believe that the most successful facial sculpting results are obtained only after in-depth consultation and thorough facial assessment, focussing on the results you would like to achieve. Although there may be one specific area of your face that you’re looking to enhance it is important to take a holistic approach using the science of beauty to achieve symmetry, balance and harmony of your features. I aim to use a combination of subtle enhancements to achieve a naturally enhanced look that gives a big overall difference.
At your free initial consultation, we will discuss your concerns and the results that you would like to achieve, and I will ask questions relating to your medical history, previous aesthetic treatments and lifestyle. This will be followed by a thorough examination and explanation of the best treatment options along with a consideration of your budget. This will all be entirely confidential and there is no obligation to proceed with treatment. If you do wish to proceed however this can often be done within the same appointment or a can be arranged at a time in the future to suit you.
There are a number of different dermal filler products on the market (e.g. Juvederm®, Restylane, Teosyal). My preferred range is Juvederm® by Allergan, it is the world’s leading brand of Hyaluronic acid facial filler and I believe it to be the safest and most reliable product to achieve the best results for my clients. The Juvederm® range utilises two technologies Hylacross® in the Ultra range and VycrossTM. The Ultra range is an excellent product with well-established results and trusted technology that lasts around 9-12 months depending on the area being treated. VycrossTM is a premium range using advanced technology to enhance duration and enable thorough tissue integration for incredibly natural looking and feeling results that last.
Most treatments involve a series of small injections that are performed in a precise sequence at specific facial locations. I aim to minimise any discomfort during these injections by using expert injection techniques and local anaesthesia where needed. A slight redness to the skin is usually seen for a short time but bruising is uncommon and usually fades quickly. Most clients are able to continue with their day after leaving the clinic without anybody noticing. More serious side effects are rare and will be discussed with you at your consultation before any treatment takes place. Results for filler injections are usually seen instantly but for some combination treatments the optimal effects may only be seen after a course of appointments. Treatments times vary but are generally between 20 and 60 minutes per appointment.
After your treatment you will be given comprehensive aftercare instructions and a follow up appointment will be arranged, ideally after around 2 weeks. Important things to consider are that it is advisable to avoid extremes of temperature, doing strenuous exercise, applying make-up and alcohol consumption for a short time after. We would be happy to tailor the timings of your treatment to take these factors into account.
Defined, balanced and full lips are key to natural youthful beauty. Some of us however don’t have the volume, definition or symmetry we would hope for either naturally or with ageing. Skilled assessment using the principles of the golden ratio followed by careful and precise injections of advanced dermal fillers are used to create beautiful proportions.
Rounded, plump cheeks and defined cheekbones are a sign of youth and beauty. They are also key to the structure of the face, supporting the eye area and lower face and one of the first places that we lose volume with age. Carefully placed advanced dermal filler injections can be used to augment your natural look by adding volume to the beauty points and creating the ideal heart shaped face. It can also be used to restore volume where it has been lost creating a lifting effect to other areas in the face.
The ideal chin and jawline has crisp angles and is free of lines, shadows, curves and dimples. The perfect shape is defined by the golden ratio in relation to the proportions of your face and is different for men and women. A strong chin and defined jawline in men is one of the facial features which is most associated with masculinity and strength. In women however a tapered face with a small chin and heart shape is key to feminine beauty. Gravity and aging can have a significant effect in these areas with skin sagging and drooping around the jawline leading to jowls. The chin can also change shape with age by lifting, shortening and dimpling. Advanced long-lasting dermal fillers can be used to build up the chin and jawline to enhance shape and definition or to improve sagginess and jowls in the jawline caused by loose or ageing skin.
The eyes are the most prominent and expressive feature of the face and beautiful eyes are key to attractiveness. There are many aspects to the area around the eyes (under eye skin or tear trough, eyelids, eyebrow and eyelashes) and each contributes to a beautiful youthful look. Aging, emotional state and lifestyle can all take their toll in this area in particular, leading to dark circles and bags, wrinkles and thinning eyelashes and eyebrows. It is a delicate and complex area however, so requires careful assessment to identify your core concern and advanced technical skills to achieve the best results.
Tear trough fillers is a sophisticated treatment that is an excellent way to treat dark circles and under eye bags. Advanced dermal filler is precisely injected under the skin of the lower eyelid and the area under the eye leading to plumping of hollows and rejuvenation of under eye skin.
Injections to relax facial muscles using Botulinum toxin (Botox®) also give great results in the eye area. Relaxation in the area of the crow’s feet lines is one of the most popular treatments that successfully brightens tired looking eyes. More advanced applications of these injections can also be used to reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and to create lift in the eyebrows that can reduce sagging and creasing of the eyelid. These injections use a prescribed medication and will only be considered as a treatment option after thorough consultation and assessment.
Creams and serums can also work wonders for the skin around the eyes and for lashes and brows. My preferred products, chosen for their high quality and scientifically proven results are Obagi Elastiderm eye and the Revitalash® cosmetics range. I am an approved UK stockist for both of these ranges.
One of the first signs of ageing that many of us notice is lines or shadows appearing from nose to mouth, often referred to as nasolabial lines. The cause of these lines and shadows is loss of volume and structure, not just from the area itself but often from supporting structures higher up in the face such as the cheeks. Dermal filler can be used to successfully treat these lines both directly and indirectly. Direct treatments involve carefully placed injections into the lines themselves to replace lost volume and smooth shadows. Another approach to treating these lines involves using filler to sculpt and lift in other precisely chosen areas, often including the cheek area or aspects of the MD codes 8-point lift technique.
MD codestm (MeDical codes) is a cutting edge treatment protocol devised by leading plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio, a key innovator in the field of Aesthetic medicine. This is a skilful, bespoke treatment that requires careful consultation and planning to achieve lift and facial rejuvenation in a holistic way. The result is a naturally lifted more youthful, fresh look that is often referred to as ‘The liquid facelift’.