Getting wrinkles is quite normal

Fillers in Dubai | 2 June 2019

Whether it’s laughter lines, frown lines or crow’s feet – getting wrinkles (the folds or creases in your skin) is quite normal. Wrinkles aren’t harmful and many people just accept them as a natural sign of ageing. However, you may decide you don’t like the way they look, and so be considering ways to reduce them.

There are lots of different treatments which aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and make your skin look smoother and more youthful. Here I cover the most common ones and highlight things to think about if you’re considering having treatment.

Botulinum toxin injections

Botulinum toxin injections may reduce some types of wrinkles. This is commonly called ‘Botox’ but this is actually the trade name of just one type of botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin injections are often used to treat forehead and frown lines that come from making facial expressions. They can also reduce lines at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). Botulinum toxin can only reduce what are called active wrinkles which are caused by muscle activity. It won’t work for wrinkles, creases or lines that don’t change with your facial expressions.

If you have botulinum toxin treatment, I will inject it into specific muscles in your face. It will relax or paralyse these muscles to reduce their effect on lines and wrinkles. It may take one to three days for the treatment to take effect and the best results will be after around a week or two. The treatment should last for three to six months. You’ll need to have botulinum toxin injections repeated if you want to keep the effects.

Problems that may occasionally happen with botulinum toxin injections include some partial facial weakness. This is because of excessive paralysis of the injected muscles, or those nearby. This is temporary. Botulinum toxin injections aren’t suitable if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have a neurological disorder, such as myasthenia gravis.

Dermal filler injections

Dermal fillers aim to plump up your skin and make it appear fuller and smoother. Dermal fillers are often used to reduce lines around your nose and your lips, and to enhance the shape of your lips. There is a range of dermal fillers available that work in different ways, and they can be temporary or permanent.

Permanent fillers, such as silicone, were used in the past but are no longer recommended for use on the face. I will recommend using a non-permanent dermal filler. These are either synthetic, or made from a material that closely resembles a naturally occurring substance in your body. I will inject the dermal filler into the required area with a tiny needle.

The effects from dermal filler treatment usually last from three to 18 months, depending on the type of filler and the area you have treated. You’ll need to have repeat treatments if you want the effects to last longer.

Cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery can help reduce deep wrinkles and sagging skin. In facelift surgery, I will lift up the skin and soft tissues of your face. This will make your face tighter and smoother. The operation can be done on your whole face (a full facelift) or on your brow area (brow lift), lower face and neck.

Your face will continue to age after you have a facelift. The best results are achieved in people who have skin with good levels of elasticity and have a strong bone structure. A facelift can make you look younger but it may be six to nine months before you can fully judge how well it’s worked. The effects may last for up to 15 years. Surgery is the most aggressive treatment and usually has the greatest effect, but it also has a greater recovery time and risks.

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