Muscle-relaxing injections involve injecting a substance such as botulinum toxin directly to the site of the wrinkle. It causes the muscle just beneath the skin to relax in a way that temporarily stops it from contracting. Once this area can no longer crease up, the wrinkle is greatly diminished – if not completely removed.
Still, botulinum toxin can’t treat every type of wrinkle and there are two types – static and dynamic. Dynamic lines are those that are caused by repeated expression. Think crow’s feet and frown lines. These are the types of wrinkles they can treat with a few quick injections of botulinum toxin and the results can last for up to four months.
The second type of wrinkle is called a static line. These are the ones you’ll see even when your face is at rest. These typically appear later on as they’re usually caused by a loss of volume, something that occurs naturally as we age. Still, they’re not something you have to live with. At Skin Renewal, these are usually treated with dermal fillers.
These are gel-like liquids that are injected just beneath the surface of your skin to fill wrinkles and restore or increase volume. All the fillers used at Skin Renewal contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in your skin. It’s the cushiony ‘gel’ that exists between your collagen and elastin that also helps your skin retain moisture. It does the latter incredibly well as it’s an excellent “water-binder”, attracting and holding up to a thousand times its own weight in hydration.
As we age, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid. This results in the loss of hydration and volume and an increase in wrinkling. However, if we replace it using dermal fillers, the result is an instant plump! When a static wrinkle is filled with a dermal filler this exerts a pressure on the fibroblasts that stimulates collagen. Still, the benefits don’t stop there. Just the placement of the filler alone stimulates your natural collagen supply to proliferate. This means you get an immediate effect and a prolonged one!
Sagging brows? Jowls getting you down? If you want to create a little lift, you’re going to want to know about threads. These medical grade sutures, when strategically inserted under the skin, can create an instantly lifted look that lasts for up to two years before dissolving.
The great thing about threads is that they have a dual action. Firstly, they create an instant lift. Secondly, their placement sparks a biological action that triggers the creation of new collagen surrounding each thread. Once the threads dissolve, the “lifted look” lingers due to the new collagen scaffold they leave in their wake.
Still, the success of a thread lift is largely owed to the hands that place them so you always want to see a highly-skilled, very experienced doctor.