How to choose the right injectable anti-ageing treatments
Anti-ageing injectables have revolutionised the aesthetics sector, and have made effective treatments and dramatic results more accessible. It can be difficult to know what’s what, though, and misinformation can not only compromise your results, but your safety, too. Below, Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic gives you a basic guide if you’re considering injectable anti-ageing treatments.
Cosmetic injectables basically fall into two camps – muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers. There are different types – and uses – to each, but the majority of injectables do fall under one of these categories.
Muscle relaxing injections – more commonly known as Botox (although this is actually just one brand) – are a form of anti-ageing injectable that work to ‘freeze’ the facial muscles.
- Restricted mobility in these muscles prevents the skin from stretching to accommodate which is one of the main causes of lines and wrinkles on the face.
- Muscle relaxing injections can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating.
Dermal fillers are used as an anti-ageing treatment to fill in deep lines and wrinkles on the face, and add volume and contour to areas of the face that might be lacking definition.
- There are many different brands of dermal filler, and a lot of the newer ones are enriched with compounds like hyaluronic acids that prolong the anti-ageing effects.
- Fillers are also used in other non-surgical facial treatments, like lip augmentation and nasal tip contouring.
Typically, when a patient is drawn to injectables over other non-surgical facial rejuvenation methods (like skin peels, thread lifts and microdermabrasion) it is because of the convenience of the treatment. The average cosmetic injectable takes about 30 minutes to administer, and there are very few side effects.
Results from anti-ageing treatments are usually fairly speedy, and there’s very little downtime associated with the injectables, meaning patients don’t have to take time off work and time out from their busy schedules. But although injectables are one of the more convenient cosmetic anti-ageing treatments, they should not be considered flippantly. They might not be as invasive as a deep peel or surgery, but they’re not a new lipstick or a trip to the hair salon, either.
Do your research and make sure you know everything you possibly can about anti-ageing injectables – both the virtues and shortcomings – before you undergo any sort of treatment. We welcome you to book a consultation and discuss the anti-ageing injectable treatments we offer here at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic in Kent.
Advice from Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic
You should only be prescribed, and administered, any cosmetic injectable by a registered cosmetic professional. This encompasses plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, cosmetic nurses and cosmetic dentists, all of whom should be fully medically qualified and equipped to deal with untoward reactions or circumstances. They should always be performed in a registered clinic, too.