What do anti-wrinkle injections do?

Anti-wrinkle injections, or in other words – Botox, are an injectable treatment used for softening the appearance of wrinkles and lines in expressive areas. However, it’s important to understand that they are different to dermal fillers, though both can be used in conjunction with the other for overall facial rejuvenation. We know that the name ‘Botox has become pretty commonplace over the last few years, but just exactly how much do you know about it? We at Westfield Aesthetics in Edgbaston uncover all your answers below.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

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The incredible medical uses of Botox

Botox has been primarily known to smooth expressive areas of the face and to create a more youthful appearance. It’s very popular and very effective in this treatment modality, but because it is a prescription-only medication it actually has a variety of medical uses. Did you know of these incredible medical uses for Botox?

Botox for excessive sweating

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How to Look After your Skin After a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel can help to rebalance your skin and take control of problematic oil production. They draw out impurities, exfoliate dead and damaged skin cells, and bring pigmentation and sebum back under manageable amounts. If you’ve had a chemical peel before, you know the stinging sensation it exacts means that it is working to slough away your surface skin cells. While its working, your skin will need a little time to shed and heal these skin cells, so there are some aftercare tips you should follow. Here’s how to look after your skin after a chemical peel.

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Common Treatment Areas for Botox Injections

Botox is an extremely popular treatment, with the Botox injections most commonly applied to the face, relaxing the muscles and the skin. Botox injections used in this form are a fantastic way of targeting fine lines and wrinkles on the face, however this is not their only use. Botox can be used to improve the appearance of your face, targeting a whole variety of treatments areas, broken down into the upper face, the eyes and the lower face.

 

Upper Face Botox Treatments

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How dermal fillers improve our facial structure

As a nation, we’re no less obsessed with our looks than before we worked around the clock, and had less time on our hands. If anything, we’re getting more obsessed due to social media and the increased pressure on us to look good. Conveniently, cosmetic treatment technology has improved in line with demand. Now we can get our noses, cheek, lips and jawlines enhanced without a prolonged hospital stay, permanent scarring caused by stitches, or a painful recover period.

 

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Lips fillers: what you need to know before treatment

Lip fillers are an increasingly popular treatment that no doubt you’ve been made aware of through celebrities, media personalities, and even friends and family. It’s now never been easier to achieve a fuller pout or an enhanced cupid’s bow, but there are some things you should know before you book your first treatment appointment. Here are the checks you can make before having lip fillers!

 

Find out who is performing your treatment

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What a chemical peel can do for your skin

You’ve probably heard that a chemical peel is a great anti-ageing treatment, which will help you get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. However, did you know that rather than a one-peel-solution-fits-all, there’s actually quite a variety of chemical peels available, which all target different skin complaints.

 

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How does Botox work?

As far as injectable treatments go, Botox has become a common household name. We’ve all heard of it, whether it’s through friends opting for treatments or the increasingly candid media personalities indulging us. You know it reduces wrinkles, but how does it work and is it safe? What even is Botox? For how popular and well-known it is, Botox is still somewhat misunderstood. Let’s explore this line softening treatment in greater detail and shed some mysteries on the nature of Botox!

 

What is Botox?

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The difference between dermal fillers and wrinkle reduction

An SWNS Digital survey recent asked 1,800 women, of an age between 50 and 70, how much they would be willing to spend on looking glamorous and the result was surprising. The average figure was £1,783 per year. Here at Westfield Aesthetics, we can provide you with real value for money without compromising on the top quality of the service and products we provide. We do this through investing in our team and our treatments such as dermal fillers and wrinkle reduction.

 

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So, we're starting up again, and I can't wait. It's been a tough old time for everyone and we all deserve a little self care. 

Between you and I, I have to admit that despite having a clinic dedicated to great skin and looking the best you can, I have alawys been a little lax in my skincare. I have on a couple of occasions done the Obagi Nu-derm transformation treatments but then I fall back into my old ways. In my case this was Simple Soap and Diprobase cream.

Now, that I am way closer to the age of 50 than 40, I've decided to embrace daily cosmeceuticals. My main issue has alawys been pigmentation and dull skin. So I started there. I am currently using a combination of over the counter treatments and a few prescription only products for the trickier issues. Here is my new arsenal and my take on it 2 months down the road.

The Ordinary's Squalene cleanser - As I said earlier, my baseline was soap so this was a big change but I have loved it. You have to rub the product in your hands for a couple of minutes and it miraculously turns into a gorgeous silky oil. After massaging it over the whole face, make up including mascara just melts away and is easily washed off with warm water. I've heard about double cleansing but have obviously never done it (the effort!), but hear this that can replace both steps with one.

The Ordinary's Niacinamide and ZInc Serum - This serum decreases blemishes and balances out oil production. I dont really suffer with acne but have really loved the way this has brightened up my complexion.

Obagi's Hydroquinone- This is a prescription only product that I am using for my post inflammatory pigmentation. it does wht it says on the tin but needs a consultation first. I think it works brilliantly for me and most of the patients for whom I have prescribed it.

Finally, a Retinoid! Now although I have used prescription only Tretinoin before, I did start with a months worth of the Ordinarys 5% Retinoid Serum. I loved this and felt that really helped with the quality of my skin including pore wise. I decided, though as I wanted quicker and perhaps more obvious results, I swicthed to Obagi's tretinoin treatment. This is working as well as always and I'm already seeing great changes. Retinoids and retinols are generally used once at night. I would recommend that most people over the age of 30 should introduce a retinoid into their skincare. I wish I'd done it earlier. You can always start with an over the counter one before moving onto the stronger stuff!

As with most of these treatments dont forget a daily sunscreen with good UVA and UVB protection as well as high SPF. I tend to go for either Obagi or Neutrogena here and love both of them.

I would say that having these few minutes of self pampering day and night, has been a really lovely exeperience for me. A time to think of myself and maybe a little time to be mindful. A daily regime can seem to take way too much time, and it may seem easier to just have some Botox or some dermal filler in your lips or face but don't forget your skin. Its not often commented on but it really is the icing on the cake. I too, see that now.

I wish I had the courage to post a photo of my after skin, but I don't. You'll just have to book in to see for yourself. I definitely feel its been an unexpected improvement though and well worth the effort.

Looking forward to seeing you Soon!

Prasanna

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