Looking in the mirror and noticing how those worry lines have become permanent?
Skin scarring as a result of facial expressions is very common, but treating them will depend on how long you have had them
and how deep they are.
These scars can be treated in a variety of ways from injectables to creams and a consultation is the best way to find the best treatment.
Wrinkles can be treated in a variety of ways. There are treatments involving filler, collagen induction, relaxing muscles and tightening fibrous layers. Dr Booysen offers a full medical consult to assess your needs and decide on the best treatment.
Why have treatments?
Wrinkle treatments, are designed to soften the fine lines and wrinkles, that appear on the face as a result of facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, the muscle, which is attached to the skin, pulls the skin into a fold. Over time these folds can become ingrained and scar the skin in specific lines of expression. Early treatment of these lines, prevent these lines becoming permanent. Ingrained lines can be difficult to remove, even when the muscle no longer pulls on the skin, so that is why early treatment is seen as preventative.
What can be treated?
The most common areas that patients want treated are the central frown, the horizontal forehead lines and the lines around the eyes (crows feet). You will look less tired and not angry all the time. Some deep, embedded lines may not disappear with a single treatment but may require a series of treatments.
Other areas such as fine lines over the cheeks, bunny lines, a pebbly chin, large jaw muscles and neck bands can also be treated.
Who can’t be treated?
People with a previous allergy to wrinkle treatments, pregnant and breastfeeding mums, certain muscle diseases and those prone to keloid scarring should not be treated.
Some patients have sadly developed a resistance to some of the medicine that can help treat these lines. If that is the case, I will need to make suggestions about other treatments that may work.
A full assessment during the consultation will occur to assess whether you are suitable.
What does it cost?
Please fill in the form below to enquire about prices but please be aware a consultation is needed for personalised treatments costs to be given.
The best way to get an accurate cost is to see Dr Booysen as she needs to assess you skin and advise you on the different treatment options available.
What if I stop treatments, will I age quicker?
When you have wrinkle treatments, the skin is not pulled into the facial expression for the duration of treatment. This means the skin gets a rest and can heal the scarred facial expression line. If you choose to stop having treatments, the skin will start to move again and the scarring process will restart. You won’t be worse off and will just age normally again.
Are these treatments on special?
Some of these treatments involve prescription only medication, they therefore need to be prescribed before every treatment, just like other medications like antibiotics or blood pressure medicine. These medicines cannot be advertised and can’t be offered on special, according to the laws in the UK. You may see other clinics having specials, but unfortunately this is against the law, and I can’t offer you specials on these treatments.
Things that can go wrong?
The biggest issues are allergic reactions and infection. Allergic reactions are very rare and I have all the equipment in clinic to deal with any reactions. Infections occur if bacteria get into the holes, that is why I ask you to avoid make-up and touching the treatment area for a day. On very rare occasions, heaviness and one sided drooping can occur over an eyebrow or an eyelid. This is not permanent and improves over time.
Can I become resistant to treatment?
Unfortunately, resistance to the medicinal products can occur. Once the medicine stops working on you this can be permanent. This is because the body develops neutralising anti-bodies against all parts of the medicine’s formula. There are different types of medicine to treat wrinkles and some have less chance of building resistance than others. So, the best advice, is to use correct medicines from the start, don’t have too many adjustment treatments and use the minimal amount necessary, which may mean you accept some movement.
Why do you get bad treatments?
Not all treatments are created equal. The first questions you should ask a potential injector are: Are they a medical doctor? How long have they been injecting? How often do they inject? What medicine do they use? Do they use sterile packs? And what is their aftercare policy?
Too often I get enquiries about the price only. Unfortunately, you do get what you pay for, and if someone doesn’t understand facial anatomy they can’t inject well. If they don’t know the science of the medicine they use, they can’t protect you from things like resistance. If they are a part-time injector, they are not a specialist. If they are advertising specials, they are breaking the law and could easily be ignoring other rules like cleanliness and single use items.
How long does it last?
Duration depends on the treatment used to treat the wrinkles and fine lines.
One treatment option lasts for about 3 months and can then be repeated. Treatments such as Profhilo require 2 treatments 4 weeks apart and last for about 6 months. Filler treatment to the lines and wrinkles can last up to 1 year if used as a combination treatment with other products.
You can stop having treatments whenever you feel and your lines will resume their natural position.