What you need to know about Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are enjoying a bit of a surge in popularity at the moment, possibly boosted by glamorous female celebs endorsing the trend, and also because today’s more sophisticated lip enhancement techniques have built up a better reputation over the last few years.

Individuals opting for contemporary lip filler procedures also have the benefit of being able to take a gradual approach to achieving the desired result through a number of appointments, and, unlike its silicone predecessor, is not a permanent procedure.

Lip Enhancement at Aesthetics International
We offer a variety of lip enhancement procedures tailored to your needs based on a thorough consultation with one of our expert aesthetic plastic surgeons. Our surgeons will talk in depth to you about the results you are seeking, and advise you on the best way to achieve these.
We’re here to answer some common questions about minimally invasive lip fillers before you choose if it’s right for you.

What are lip fillers and what do they do?
The majority of lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in our bodies which transfers nutrients from our bloodstream to our skin cells. You’ll probably have seen hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient in many youth-enhancing skincare products – these do have an effect, however cannot penetrate deeply enough to make an immediate, major difference.

When hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the lips, the effect is immediate, plumping and adding volume and shape. The amount of filler administered is controllable, and individuals can opt of a more gradual approach of several appointments until the desired lip-lusciousness is achieved.

The effects last for four – six months, and top-up sessions can be carried out to keep your pout plumped.(Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore no two procedures or rejuvenation treatments will get the exact same results. Individual results vary from patient to patient.)

Are lip fillers safe?
Every aesthetic procedure carries a small risk, however, there are steps you can take to ensure your treatment is as safe and successful as possible:

• Do not opt for lip fillers at a spa or salon, (or worse – a private home). Only allow a qualified, cosmetic physician at a reputable clinic carry out the procedure.
• Do your research, check reviews of individual doctors and clinics, ask for ‘before and after’ photos of the doctor’s patients.
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your consultation, the doctor should explain all procedure and product options.
• Make sure you see which product the doctor is using, and that it is taken from the packaging in front of you.

As mentioned, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, and any allergic reaction is highly unlikely.

Is lip enhancement painful?
Most individuals opt for dental block or numbing cream prior to the filler injections, which numbs the lips and surrounding area to make the procedure painless. If anything, you’ll maybe only feel a slight prick of the needle and the filler being pushed into the lips – which may feel a bit strange. Your doctor will then ‘massage’ the filler to ensure even distribution of the product, making sure there aren’t any lumps or bumps, and that the end result is aesthetically balanced.

You might have a little swelling and bruising following your treatment, as the lips are a delicate area, if this is the case, applying an ice pack will reduce this. Any swelling should subside and the final result apparent within one to three days.

At Aesthetics International, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and offer our expert advice on the best treatment for you if you are exploring the idea of lip fillers. Get in touch via our contact form, or call us on 04 384 5600 to book an expert consultation.

Botox For Prevention

Botox in Dubai

Botox has long been touted as a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but did you know it can also keep wrinkles from ever forming in the first place?

That’s why we’ve begun to see younger people coming in for Botox and Dysport treatments in Dubai, before their wrinkles are pronounced. It’s called preventive Botox, and is used to keep the wrinkles from happening, rather than trying to reverse them after the fact.(Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore no two procedures or rejuvenation treatments will get the exact same results. Individual results vary from patient to patient.)

Botox as a skincare regime

Botox is only one tool in your toolbox for maintaining youthful skin. Wearing high-quality sunscreen and a daily skin cleaning regimen are also key. But if you notice the beginning of frown lines and creases, Botox may help them disappear before they can form deep, lasting wrinkles.

Botox Dubai

Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about Botox and Dysport treatments in Dubai, and whether or not they’re right for you.

Our board certified plastic surgeons will ensure you’re in the best of hands!

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Fillers: Reclaiming the Radiance

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Teosyal Redensity is a light filler treatment which combines regular fillers with mesotherapy to restore the the skin’s light reflecting properties.

It is an ideal treatment for both men and women of any age who have noticed the following signs of ageing beginning to develop:

Tired features
Loss of tone and radiance
Dull complexion
Dehydrated Skin
Fine lines

What is Teosyal Redensity?

This light filling innovation is specifically formulated to leave you with a lighter and brighter tone, with a natural looking result.It consists of Amino Acids, Antioxidants, and Hyaluronic Acid. These ingredients are already present in your skin so this product is fully intended to give dull and lifeless skin the boost it needs.

How does Hyaluronic Acid benefit skin?

The magic of this ingredient lies in it’s ability to retain moisture; one gram of Hyaluronic Acid is able to hold up to six litres of water! This is important with regards to aging because as we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and elasticity.

Although many skincare products and creams contain this ingredient, effectiveness is variable as the penetration is not the same.

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AED 2,300 + FREE session of Mesotherapy worth AED 750

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FAQ’s: Injectable Fillers

Non Surgical Fillers

Recently, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released new and informative statistics; an increase of 21% in non surgical fillers from last year. Interestingly enough, most of these procedures were lip fillers. Adding volume to the lips seems to be an ongoing trend now, especially with the younger generation.  Furthermore, patients are able to benefit from a very natural looking result without having to undergo surgery.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Jaffer Khan answers some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the procedure.

FAQ’s: Fillers with Dr. Jaffer Khan

Q.1.  What can I look to achieve with fillers, and who is a good candidate?

A.1.  During the process of aging, both gravitational effects and deflation are evident.  Volumization with fillers will treat the deflation aspect, both due to the loss of fat as a process of aging and also the reduction in collagen and elastic fibers in the skin.  Aging parameters, however, are not alone in their requirement for volumization as fillers can also be used to replace volume, which was never there due to inadequate bony structure or inadequate fat composition in a certain part of the face.  Indeed, this is true in the lips themselves where the amount of dry vermillion is lacking, and volumization of the lips such as to roll out the wet vermillion into the dry vermillion area will create a semblance of a larger lip.  Therefore, both younger and older patients will benefit from volume.

Good candidates are those who have good quality skin and who are looking to achieve results, which are not necessarily as good as the surgical ones, but indeed could be.

Q.2.  Which fillers do you use?

A.2.  We use predominantly hyaluronic acid fillers, and there are many proprietary brands for this.  We also use calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), but we never use anything permanent as these largely have not had a good track record and have caused a multitude of problems in the past, which are not reconcilable.

Q.3.  How long do they last?

A.3.  This depends on the particle size of the hyaluronic acid used as well as the location.  Normally, fillers in those areas which are moving such as the nasolabial folds, the marionette lines, and the chin, as well as the lips, would usually last anywhere from 4 to 8 months.  Other areas placed deep on the cheek or in the under eye or temporal areas may last for a couple of years.  It is always a good idea to speak to your doctor regarding this, as oftentimes the length of time the filler is supposed to last published by the manufacturers are not entirely accurate.

Q.4.  Are there any side effects?

A.4.  Anything that we do in life has potential effects, and some of these can be adverse.  For fillers, the obvious ones are occasional bruising, bleeding, and potentially, sometimes, infection (although I have never seen this with the use of fillers over 15 years).  Some patients are allergic to hyaluronic acid, but this is also very rare, and this can result in prolonged redness, swelling, or pain, but this is completely resolvable. 

The most dangerous complication of fillers are vascular ones where inadvertent injection into an artery or a vein could result in congestion, prolonged swelling, redness, loss of skin, and even permanent loss of eyesight.   Mentioning these things are frightening for patients and quite understandably; however, it is important to consent patients for these potentially, extremely rare and adverse effects because the risk is certainly not zero.

Q.5.  I have had heard that fillers are a good alternative to a nose job.  Could you please explain how fillers can assist in this instance?

A.5.  Non-surgical rhinoplasty can only really be achieved with fillers if we are looking for those specific conditions, which are involving augmentation.  What I mean by this is addition of volume in certain areas, like increasing the projection of the tip and filling any defects, either proximal to distal to a hump, such that we produce a streamlined straight dorsum of the nose or increased projection of the tip would all be useful as an alternative to surgery.  In cases where noses are large and we are using a reduction method to achieve harmonious result, obviously fillers cannot be used.

Fillers are also very useful in correction of secondary post rhinoplasty deformities whereby small depressions can be corrected by use of fillers, which would last several months.  The interesting part is that by repeated usage, it seems the longevity in that particular area seems to be increasing, and this could be because of the fibrotic response of constant trauma when one is doing the fillers repeatedly over a period of years.

Q.6.  How can one avoid looking unnatural with fillers?

A.6.  The key for avoiding unnatural appearance is judicious use and conservative use.  One should never overfill, and should essentially do it in a step-wise fashion such that the patient obtains the confidence and also knows that they both tolerate the filler well and like its effects.  Undoubtedly, the most common cause of unnatural appearance is over-volumization. 

Botox: What is it all about?

As we reach our mid 30’s, the majority of us will develop lines on the upper half of the face commonly known as “worry lines”, “frown lines” or “crow’s feet”. This undoubtedly makes one appear older and also can give a mean or tired look to the face. Some individuals also get tension headaches from constant usage of the forehead muscles.

Everywhere you turn, it seems as though someone is getting BOTOX. In fact, it is by far the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. BOTOX stops muscle movement and thus cause a relaxation and disappearance of the skin creases. In terms of “down time” and efficacy, it is superior to any form of surgical treatment for treating these lines. So if you’re thinking about getting rid of some of those wrinkles, here’s a short primer on BOTOX.

What is BOTOX?
“BOTOX” is short for Botulinum Toxin, which is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. It has been used since 1920, but was marketed commercially in 1997. It has a wide variety of clinical uses for people who have problems with spastic muscle disorders, or an imbalance in eye muscles, to name a few. It can also be used in hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the palms or axillary areas. It was as a result of using BOTOX for other problems on the face that its efficacy in getting rid of wrinkles was noted.

How does it work?
Don’t be put off by the word toxin! BOTOX interferes with transmission of the nerve impulse to muscles and hence stops the muscle working for a period of time. To be used effectively, it must be placed at a correct dosage into the correct muscle. There are a number of facial muscles, and it is the contraction of these that is responsible for facial wrinkling. A plastic surgeon’s knowledge of the anatomy of these muscles will allow for safe placement of the toxin.

Are the injections painful?
Most people tolerate the injections very well. They are delivered through very fine gauge needles. However, local anesthetic cream may be applied to the areas, one hour prior to treatment, for patients who are more sensitive. Ask your plastic surgeon about this.

How long does it take to work?
Results start to appear in three to five days, but may take up to a week. Finer wrinkles will disappear right away and more established ones take more time. With regular usage, one sometimes loses the habit of frowning altogether! If the wrinkles are very deep, ancillary treatment with filler materials about two weeks post injection may be necessary to achieve 100% result.

What are the side effects?
This is an important question and patients need be informed about the side effects. If for some reason the toxin moves to a muscle which is not a target muscle, such as the muscle which opens the eye or the ocular muscles which move the eye, then side effects can occur. These are rare and involve drooping of the eyelid, or double vision. Remember that the effects of BOTOX last only for four to six months at best, and when a really small dose causes a side effect, it usually reverses itself back to normal in three to four weeks.

How much does it cost?
The prices from clinic to clinic vary. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report shows that the national average surgeon/physician fee for BOTOX is $365 per area treated. Six to eight injections are typically required for the eyes, five for frown lines, and 10 to 12 for forehead lines.

Plastic Surgeon
Visit Dr. Jaffer Khan, U.K and U.S board certified plastic surgeon at Aesthetics International for Botox in the UAE. Call 043469888 or email info@aesthetics.ae.

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Article submitted by Dr. Jaffer Khan for The American Society of Plastic Surgeons: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/plastic-surgery-blog/january-2013/botox-whats-all-the-hype-about.html

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