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NON INVASIVE BOTOX TREATMENTS FOR SHAPING THE FACE

Botox Dubai | 29 July 2021

When people think of Botox® (Botulinum toxin injections), most will commonly associate it with smoothing wrinkles and improving the appearance of the skin. However, there are other uses, less widely known, which can have equally as pleasing aesthetic benefits, as well as medical benefits too.

One such use is to alter the shape of the jawline. A square jaw is one typically associated with a traditionally masculine appearance, whilst a softer more oval jaw line is often desirable on females. Women ask for this treatment to soften and reduce the appearance of a square jaw. Men may also feel the size or shape of their jaw is not in harmony with the rest of their face, and so this treatment is popular for both men and women.

A square jaw can be caused by overuse of the jaw (Masseter) muscles, causing these muscles to enlarge and giving this distinctive square jaw appearance. This might happen in people who regularly chew gum, or who grind their teeth at night – anything that works these muscles. In others, the masseter muscles are naturally stronger and larger, even without excessive use.

The use of toxin injections in this area involves 3 almost painless injections into the muscle on each side of the jaw. Over the following 2 weeks, the treatment works to relax the jaw muscles which in turn reduces the muscles in size. The result is a slimmer jaw line with results that can last an average of 4-6 months.

The benefits of this treatment are not only cosmetic, but medical also. People who grind their teeth at night (a condition known as Bruxism), will benefit from an improvement in this problem, as the muscles causing this to happen becomes relaxed with treatment. People with Bruxism may be aware of tooth damage, a tight sensation or stiffness in the jaw, headaches, jaw pain and disrupted sleep. For this reason, treatment to the masseter muscles can be a very rewarding experience, as it is able to reduce these symptoms in those that suffer them.

Another little known use of toxin injections to achieve excellent results is for treatment of the chin. The mentalis muscle forms the chin and can become enlarged or overactive. An overactive mentalis muscle results in chronic repetitive small contractions, which would not be noticeable as they are happening. However, the result of these continual movements is to distort the overlying skin, resulting in a ‘cobbled’ or ‘dimpled’ effect, resembling an orange peel in texture. Some people may instead notice a ‘mental crease’ which refers to a horizontal groove running between the chin and the lower lip. This creates an illusion of further emphasizing an over pronounced chin. With two precisely targeted injections into this area, the muscle will relax, which will in turn improve this appearance.

Both treatments described here – the Jaw Line (Masseters) and the Chin (Mentalis) – are short procedures with no downtime. No anaesthetic is required. Patients can return to their usual activities immediately following the procedure. The results develop over the following 2-3 weeks, peaking at around 8-10 weeks, and may last up to 4-6 months.

GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT INCISION FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 25 July 2021

It is important to know the pros and cons for the incision site and have the optimal solution specifically recommended for you.

Breast augmentation with cohesive silicone implants requires a larger incision site than saline implants. There are 3 common incision sites: around the nipple (periareolar), within the breast fold (inframammary), or under the arm (axillary or transaxillary).

Periareolar – This incision is typically more concealed, but since it also involves cutting through the breast tissue, it is associated with a higher likelihood of breastfeeding difficulties, as compared to the other incision sites. Cutting through the tissue may make a change in sensation or infection more of a concern.

Inframammary – This incision is generally less concealed than periareolar but it is associated with fewer breastfeeding difficulties than the periareolar incision site. It is also the most commonly used incision site at the present time because many surgeons feel it gives the best access to and control of the breast implant pocket.

Transaxillary – This incision is less concealed than periareolar and associated with fewer breastfeeding difficulties than the periareolar incision site. If the incision is made under the arm, the surgeon may use a probe fitted with a miniature camera, along with very small instruments, to create a “pocket” for the breast implant. This approach is more difficult, and may increase the risk of damage to, and unexpected location of, the implant.

WHEN TO CONSIDER TUMMY TUCK SURGERY

Tummy Tuck Dubai |22 July 2021

After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. In particular, many women find that after their second child or after bearing twins, their muscles and skin do not return to their original appearance secondary to repeated stretch of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are at a stable weight and are physically healthy, you have realistic expectations, and you do not smoke.

Anatomy of the Abdomen

The abdominal wall consists of skin, fat, and muscle. The rectus abdominis muscles, whichform the “six pack” of muscles on the abdomen, are covered by a firm sheath called the rectus fascia. This fascial layer frequently weakens and stretches out with pregnancy and weight gain. As a result, once a patient loses weight or has her children, she may be left with laxity of the abdominal wall. During surgery , the fascial layer over the rectus abdominis muscles is tightened, and the excess skin and fat are removed.

Tummy Tuck steps

The abdominoplasty procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line. In patients who have undergone a prior C-section, the incision can be made in the same location and extended to the sides. The rectus abdominis muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are trimmed and redraped. Most abdominoplasty surgeries require repositioning of the umbilicus, or navel through a second incision. In the “mini” abdominoplasty procedure, lower abdominal muscle tightening with fat and skin removal are performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision only, without repositioning of the navel. The resulting scar is usually low on the abdomen, and therefore can be concealed within most bathing suits and clothing. Small drain tubes are placed with both techniques.

FACE FILLERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE A TREATMENT

Fillers in Dubai | 18 July 2021

Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill hollows, lines, and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 4 months to more than a year. Injectable wrinkle fillers, unlike Botox injections that relax the muscle under a wrinkle, fill the line, crease, or area with one of several different substances. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear. Wrinkle fillers can also be used as “volumizers,” plumping and lifting cheeks, chins, jawlines, and temples; filling out thin lips, and plumping sagging hands. The treatment is fast and easy. But all wrinkle fillers have a downside, including the risk of allergic reaction and the formation of tiny bumps under the skin. In some cases, those bumps may be permanent. And sometimes, a bluish skin discoloration known as the Tyndall effect happens. The colour change can last for several months, but there are treatments available. Typically, the wrinkle fillers that last longer are the ones more likely to cause side effects. Not every wrinkle-filler is right for every type of wrinkle. The least risks and best results come from using the right one correctly. That’s why you should only have fillers injected by a plastic surgeon with ongoing, special training like myself.

ADVANTAGES OF GETTING BOTOX INJECTIONS

Botox Dubai | 15 July 2021

Botox is one of the most famous wrinkle reduction methods in the world. This fantastic injectable treatment improves the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles in a quick, minimally invasive manner.

Botox is an FDA-approved injectable product that is used to treat frown lines, forehead lines, and other wrinkles. This is a very well-known treatment, and healthcare professionals have performed millions of Botox injections around the world over the years. The benefits of Botox are numerous, and this product is an excellent way to refresh your skin.

Proven Results

Botox is one of the most well-studied injectable products in existence today. This treatment has become the gold standard for wrinkle reduction because it really works. In fact, there are many scientific studies that demonstrate Botox’s ability to decrease the prominence of wrinkles.

A Short Recovery Period

There are a number of invasive procedures that smooth your skin and minimize your wrinkles. Although these procedures are very effective, they are often uncomfortable and expensive. As a result, you will have to spend several days or weeks recovering from your procedure. If you have a full, active lifestyle, you will have difficulty taking a significant period of time off from your job and other activities.

Fortunately, you don’t have to endure a lengthy recovery period when you use Botox. This injectable product is minimally invasive, and you won’t need to receive general anesthesia or incisions during your treatment. You also don’t need to visit the hospital. Once your treatment is complete, you can immediately return to your workplace or regular schedule.

A Fast-Acting Treatment

Some cosmetic treatments take a long time to improve your appearance. You might have to receive many treatments before you notice any changes in your skin. Waiting for these treatments to take effect is frustrating, and the cost of a long treatment plan will add up very quickly.

Botox is different. Since your results will depend on how your body responds to this product, you may notice changes more slowly than other people do. That said, this treatment usually works very quickly, and you are likely to see positive changes in your skin within a few days after your initial treatment.

DERMAL FILLERS: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRY 

Fillers in Dubai | 10 July 2021

What are Fillers Made With?

There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that cosmetic surgeons use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from. A note for your safety: always make sure that you are receiving FDA approved, brand name fillers, which are only available through a licensed physician, such as a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. FDA approved HA fillers include:

Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE

Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne

Belotero Balance

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are nearly microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of a CaHA filler is typically thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production, and it is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles. FDA approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are technically classified as “collagen stimulators,” as their main mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen—the filler gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Poly-L-lactic acid is typically used to treat deeper facial wrinkles, and results can last more than 2 years. FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers include Sculptra® Aesthetic.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible substance that has been used in medicine for much of the last century. In dermal fillers, PMMA takes the form of a “microsphere” or tiny ball, that remains beneath the skin indefinitely to provide continued support. PMMA fillers will also contain collagen, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides structure and firmness. FDA approved PMMA fillers include Bellafill® (formerly known as Artefill).

Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting)

Autologous fat injections are the only injectable filler treatment that requires surgery, but results can last for many years. Your own fat is harvested from another area (autologous means “from the same person”), typically using liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the face to help restore volume to the cheeks, temples, lower eyelids, or other areas. Fat injections require specialized training to perform safely and achieve great results, and should only be performed by an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon.

UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF BREAST AUGMENTATION 

Breast Augmentation Dubai | 7 July 2021

I find most women who have breast augmentation surgery are realistic about the surgery and their anticipated results. Patients with a realistic outlook tend to have a better overall experience. Patients seeking breast enhancement for their own personal reasons – and not to fulfill someone else’s desires – also leads to better emotional satisfaction. Every patient will experience some degree of emotional stress and depression after surgery. Typically, this can reach its peak on Day 5 following surgery – due to very predictable physiological reasons (fluid retention, swelling,etc.). When patients are counseled properly to recognize the onset of this experience, they know it’s just a normal part of the healing process.

Added Volume and Curves

Some women are born with breasts that are naturally small and flat and don’t provide their desired curves to their physique. Because breast implants especially add volume to the top of the breasts, a breast augmentation is a perfect way to add volume and curves to your silhouette, making you feel more voluptuous and feminine. Whether your goal is to go up to a certain cup size, fill out a bikini top, or just have curves in your everyday clothing, a breast augmentation can give you that new look you desire.

Even Out Naturally Asymmetrical Breasts

All women have some degree of breast asymmetry. But for some women, the differences in their breast sizes are so noticeable that it makes shopping for bras and bathing suits difficult, and the differences can be embarrassingly noticeable in clothing. A breast augmentation is a great way to balance out naturally uneven breasts for women. Because you can choose a different breast implant size, shape and profile per breast, a breast augmentation can allow you to finally have evenly matched breasts that fit well into bras, bathing suits, and clothing.

Restore Breasts After Pregnancy and Aging

We all know that pregnancy can take a toll on a mother’s body, especially her breasts. Mothers often end up with breasts that are sagging and have decreased volume, particularly if they breastfed their babies. And even women who do not have children notice similar changes in their breasts as gravity takes over as they age. A breast augmentation is a fantastic way to restore lost volume to breasts and make them appear more youthful and perkier.

Rebuild Breasts After a Mastectomy

Breast cancer is an extremely physically and emotionally difficult disease to deal with, and a mastectomy, though it can be life-saving, can leave a woman feeling like a shell of her former self. A post-mastectomy breast augmentation/reconstruction, which can be performed either using a woman’s own body tissue or a silicone or saline breast implant, can restore breasts and help cancer patients and survivors feel like themselves again. Dr. Vigo specializes in helping women with mastectomy reconstructions and would be honored to discuss this procedure with you.

Increase Self-Confidence

For women who are unhappy with the natural appearance of their breasts, their current look can make them feel inferior and lack confidence. A breast augmentation can be a confidence booster, making women feel more comfortable in their bodies and confident enough to step out in beach attire.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR BOTOX TO WEAR OFF?

Botox Dubai | 1 July 2021

In general, you can see the effects of Botox as early as 3 to 4 days after an injection. Most patients will see results within 10 to 14 days but should wait the full 14 days to see the maximum results. While the results vary based on factors such as the area treated and frequency of injection, the results generally last 3 months.

In addition to the area treated and frequency of injection, the timeline of efficacy is also affected by the dose of Botox  –  the higher the dose given in an area, the longer the effect on the muscles. Therefore, lighter dosing that looks most ‘natural’ may last only 6 to 8 weeks, while heavier dosing (more units) could last more than 6 months but ‘paralyze’ the appearance of muscles, such as the frown lines.

Because of the difference in results, this delicate balance between dose, desired look, and duration is something you should discuss with your healthcare provider prior to treatment to set proper expectations.

The most common areas of the face for Botox include the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows. In general, the finer the lines, the faster the results. For example, patients will generally see results more quickly in areas such as the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and fine forehead lines. The results may take longer for areas where the lines are deep or etched. This includes the lines between the eyebrows or very deep or etched forehead lines.

Gentler New Ways To Get A Younger Look With Incredible Results

Fillers in Dubai | 30 June 2021

Today more people are turning to gentler new ways to get a younger look, with incredible results. Fresh, smooth, glowing skin – it’s on every woman’s wish list. And those in the know are finding clever new ways to achieve a brighter. more youthful look, without the kind of bashing and bruising so often associated with a face-lift.

Face-lifts are reportedly falling out of favour even in the U.S, and off the list of the top five requested treatments. Instead, women are increasingly seeking out gentler, non-invasive and less expensive treatments which, while perhaps not as dramatic or permanent in their results, can still help us to present a fresh, radiant new face to the world.

Dermal Fillers Treatment

Prior to any filler treatment, I always invite my clients in for a consultation to ensure we find the best treatment to achieve results suitable for you. Dermal Fillers, made from Hyaluronic Acid, are the most popular volume enhancing treatments and are often used to reduce facial lines and to restore plumpness and volume to the lips and cheeks, defining the shape of your face. Producing safe, long-lasting and natural looking results, dermal fillers are a safe and effective cosmetic treatment when administered by a qualified practitioner.

There are many dermal fillers on the market that are substandard in terms of ingredients and quality. I use only the highest quality brand of temporary fillers renowned for their superior standards.

Lip Augmentation Fillers

For those who are unhappy with the shape or size of their lips, temporary Dermal Fillers can provide an effective volume enhancing solution that keeps them feeling soft and natural. A common complaint by many of my patients is that they dislike how thin their lips look. Instead of lining the lips and creating a distorted result, we enhance your lips’ natural pattern to give them an overall pleasing and full appearance.

Tear Trough Fillers

By injecting Dermal Fillers into the tear trough – which extends from your eye to divide your cheek from your lower eyelid – the area can be made to look less hollow while subtly easing dark circles under the eyes. Tear Trough procedures treatments are very specialised and require an experienced hand to perform them, especially since the treatment may not be suitable for everyone. The area under the eyes is assessed before treatment and I will advise you on whether this is an effective treatment for your case. Those who are eligible will benefit from a fuller and brighter expression that will leave your face looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Cheek Fillers  (achieve a fuller cheek bone, higher cheek done look or to lift the sagging face)

Dermal Fillers can be injected along the contour of the cheek bone to help achieve a more defined appearance to the cheek bone. Volume is often lost from the cheeks due to ageing or weight loss and can cause sagging, restoring these areas are a great way to rejuvenate your face.

Nose to Mouth Lines (Nasolabial folds)

As we talk, smile, smoke or kiss it can cause the muscles around our mouth to crease and over a long period of time these lines may become more prominent and permanent. The ageing process also causes our production of natural collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin to reduce causing lines and wrinkles to appear. Dermal Filler can be used to plump up and fill out the lines and folds that have been created in the Nasolabial folds as well as the mouth folds, marionette lines and drooping mouth corners to achieve a more rejuvenated and fresher face look.

Fillers in Dubai | 30 June 2021

Botulinum Toxin – Common Applications

Botox Dubai | 25 June 2021

Botulinum Toxin injections are most commonly used for:

Frown Lines

Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet)

Horizontal forehead lines

Nasal scrunch or squint lines

Lines on neck

Botulinum Toxin is also used in small amounts in a number of other areas on the face depending on the way your muscles of facial expression work. It can raise the outer part of the eyebrow if it is sagging, lift the corners of the mouth, and help to smooth out dimpled or cobblestoned chins. Generally it is not used in the lines around the mouth, usually because it might be difficult to speak and eat.

Botulinum Toxin is an injected liquid used to treat frown lines, squint and smile lines, nasal crunch lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles. By relaxing the underlying muscles, these lines become less deep.

Botulinum Toxin has been used to treat thousands of patients medically and cosmetically over 20 years. Botox is produced in a lab by a bacterium called “Clostridium botulinum”. It has been purified under very strict controlled conditions. Botox is made by Allergan, a company with a twenty-year history of making this product safely.

When injected into a small facial muscle, it doesn’t travel anywhere else in the body. It gradually wears off naturally over a 3-6 month period.  There are other forms of Botox now being produced by other companies. None have the track record of effectiveness and safety yet that Botox does.

Botox Dubai | 25 June 2021

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