Botox is no longer the preserve of the rich and famous. It seems we’re all at it. And it doesn’t stop there. From dermal fillers, to Mesotherapy and bio-identical hormones, there are plenty of options available when battling against the signs of ageing. Dr Jane Leonard and Lead Nurse Natasha Lewis identify 10 myth-busting facts about the latest in advanced beauty.
1. The “trout pout” is dead. Dermal fillers have moved on in recent years, containing more natural products than they used to. They are therefore not as permanent, making those dreaded, exaggerated outcomes a thing of the past. Today fillers are a safe and versatile way to return volume and plumpness to your lips, cheeks and face. Fillers containing hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the dermis of the skin, last approximately 6-9 months.
2. There is no need for the “frozen” look when using botox. The Botulinum toxin used in anti-wrinkle injections works by temporarily relaxing facial muscles to smooth out lines and wrinkles. So yes, this can can cause cause reduced movement as a side effect, but it is possible to take a more gradual approach. Smaller doses can be used to gently reduce lines and give a more natural look, whilst still maintaining facial expressions.
3. Are you worried about extreme sweating when working out? Botox could be the answer. The toxin is being increasingly used to to help prevent Hyperhidrosis, the excessive production of sweat. It can also be used in the treatment of chronic migraine.
4. Facial Mesotherapy is becoming a popular way to improve skin quality. A cocktail of vitamins, minerals and amino acids are injected into the upper layers of the dermis, delivering instant goodness to your skin.
5. Botox is not painful. The procedure involves small injections, with a tiny needle. Patients typically describe it as a wasp sting at worst.
6. Bio-identical hormones are synthetic compounds that are prescribed to correct an existing hormone imbalance. Unlike conventional hormone therapies, which are typically derived from animals, bio-identical hormones behave in the exact same way as hormones found naturally in the human body.
7. Botox does not build up in the body. Like any other protein, it is gradually broken down over time. In most cases this can take three to six months, which is the time it take for the botox effects to gradually reduce.
8. Botox is a fully regulated procedure. The US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of botox for cosmetic use in 2002 and it wasn’t long before it made it’s way over the pond to Blighty, and beyond.
9. Botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medicine that should only be prescribed and given by an appropriately trained healthcare professional, such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber, or nurse prescriber.
10. It is not just non-surgical facial aesthetics that is experiencing a boom. A record number of over 51,000 Britons went under the knife in 2015, demonstrating the public’s love affair with cosmetic enhancement is far from over, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
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Your Facial Aesthetics practitioners at Third Space
Canary Wharf: Natasha Lewis is a lead nurse within the NHS, specialising in Hemoglobinopathy at Homerton University Hospital. She qualified as a facial aesthetic practitioner on Harley Street after developing an interest in the field. Her approach is to use her experience and knowledge to give clients a natural-looking, personalised result.
Soho: Dr Jane Leonard is a fully qualified GP and Cosmetic doctor, qualifying at University of Manchester. She also has a first class honours degree in anatomical sciences, in which she focused her studies on the anatomy of the face, head and neck. She completed her aesthetic training on Harley Street following a stint at The Alfred Hospital Medical Research Centre, in Melbourne, Australia. With over five years of aesthetic treatment experience, she has been nominated for the Cosmetic Doctor of the Year in this year’s Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards. Her work has been published in Grazia, Fabulous Magazine, Cosmopolitan and the Daily Mail. She regularly writes articles for The Aesthetics Journal. She was recently a speaker at The Anti-Ageing Show on the topic Bio-identical hormones which is her specialist interest alongside cosmetic injectables. For more info: www.drjaneleonard.co.uk