Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

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Dermal fillers are nothing an injection that used to fill out the wrinkles, and creases in the skin also can be used for lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks as well as the marionette areas around the mouth. Advances in these types of fillers mean that these substances have an increasingly favourable side effect profile.

The final decision whether to use fillers is an extremely personal one. You need to decide if the treatment is going to achieve exactly what you expect it to do. For this a thorough consultation with a skin expert should be your first port of call.

Fillers are made from different materials, and the final effects can depend upon the filler type. They can either be permanent or temporary.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – last for 18 months
  • Collagen – you can see the effect for 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate – permanent, but a few risks involved
  • Hyaluronic acid – the filler of choice at Myskindesign! You can see the effects for up to 12-18 months, although in the lips, they tend to last for only 6 months

Before you choose

It is important to appreciate the cost, procedure limitations and what the treatment involves.

Limitations

  • Most fillers are not permanent
  • The ageing process will continue and further treatment may be necessary

What does the treatment involve?

The practitioner will apply a local anesthetic cream or an anesthetic injection. The practitioner injects the filler in a series of small injections and then they may massage the area.

The time taken for the treatment varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the treatment and your skin type. It may be uncomfortable, but it has not been painful.

After treatment

You may get some swelling, bruising and redness for at-least 24 hours after the procedure. During that time, you are advised to avoid sunlight, hot drinks, alcohol and exercise. Other extremely rare side effects can include granulomas and skin necrosis although these have a frequency of 1:10000.

Who is suitable for this treatment?

This treatment is suitable for most people. Results will vary from person to person based on their medical history and the condition of their health.

This treatment is not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women

What are the areas people can get treated safely?

Marionnettes (corners of the mouth)

Sometimes the corners of your mouth can droop leaving you looking unhappy. This filler is placed below the mouth corners with a little amount directly into the lip corners as well.

Nose

Fillers can be used to straighten out any bumps or lumps in the nose without the need for surgery. They can be directly injected into the nose to smooth out the slight bumps present in the nose bridge.

Cheeks

As you age, your face will lose elasticity and volume. This highlights hollow cheek bones, and excess skin results in sunken cheeks. Fillers injected into these areas plump out the face with a natural volume and gives a slight lift.

Hands

Ageing hands can lose volume, and their skin becomes thinner. Fillers injected in the back of the hands can make them appear plumper and reduce prominent veins.

It is always advisable

  • To use a professional doctor/clinician.
  • To ask your doctor/practitioner whether the filler is fully approved and if it is directly purchased from the manufacturer.

Conclusions

According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2.2 million Americans had this treatment in 2013 and this number is now likely to have increased even further. The procedure has grown more and more popular in the UK.

Every procedure to alter your appearance needs to be considered carefully and is important to use a qualified doctor/practitioner to perform any procedures.

My Skin Design based in Manchester aims to offer our patients a wide choice of treatments, and we pride ourselves on high standards of care.

The clinic also offers another safe treatment such as Botox fillers, lip fillers and chemical skin peels

For a consultation, call us 0333 321 0029 or email us at botoxmyskin@gmail.com

When Should You See A Dermatologist

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As your skin ages, it loses resilience. Hormonal imbalances, environmental effects such as air pollution, viruses and UV rays, all contribute to tired-looking and damaged skin. Visiting a dermatologist can help improve and slow down the process of ageing.

Acne

Acne is one of the most common issues facing younger people but can affect people of all ages. It is particularly prevalent in the teenage years due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty.

An excessive amount of sebum production together with an overgrowth of bacteria causes blackheads and inflammatory lesions such as pustules and spots. There is a range of different treatments for acne ranging from topical applications to oral medications, all of which can be very effective to prevent new spots occurring which will in turn minimize scarring.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by over activity of the immune system. Skin cells form too quickly and pile up on the skin surface. The thickened patches of skin are known as plaques and may be itchy and sore and can sometimes crack and bleed. It can appear anywhere on the skin surface but is most common on face, legs, scalp, and elbows.

A wide range of treatments exists for this condition, which can be associated with significant psychological upset. Although psoriasis cannot cure, it can be kept in remission for lengthy periods of time.

Ageing Signs

Signs of ageing include loss of elasticity and fullness of the skin together with pigment changes often known as age spots. Using an appropriate sunblock to protect your skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light is strongly recommended. Smoking releases free radicals which cause damage to the skin and contribute towards ageing.

Dermatologists can offer advice on the best treatments to use to combat the visual effects of ageing.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting the UK population. There are many different types of skin cancer, many of which are very treatable if caught in the early stages. Most skin cancer is because of ultra violet light.

Routine checkups with a dermatologist are important especially if you notice non-healing lesions or new lesions on your skin that are changing in size, shape or colour.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a result of many causes, some of which can resolve on their own, whereas others may need input from a dermatologist.
Make sure you have a healthy balanced diet as this may help the health of your hair!

Infections

Various infections of the skin are caused by fungus, bacteria, and viruses. A dermatologist can diagnose the source of the infection and provide the most appropriate treatment for the type of infection you have.

Beauty products and allergic reactions

Some beauty products do not suit certain people’s skin and may cause contact allergies, causing redness and soreness of the skin. A dermatologist may be able to isolate the cause of the allergy and will be able to treat any inflammatory reaction of the skin.

Conclusion

Our skin is a great indicator of our overall health. Using the right products and protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is important. Dr. Naila Usmani is a consultant dermatologist who can treat your skin and advise you on the care and attention your skin requires.

Call us on 0333 321 0029 (or) contact us through drop an enquiry to get the better solution for your skin :)

Is Your Sleep Position Contributing To Your Wrinkles?

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How does sleeping position influence wrinkle development? If you sleep for a long time in one position, forces on the skin and changes in the skin can contribute to an increase in the number of wrinkles.

Sleeping positions that cause more wrinkles

Sleeping in a position in which it pushes the face against the pillow (laying in a fetal position) – creases the skin and over a period leads to wrinkles. According to a British sleep study, 41% of people sleep on their sides. Repeatedly pleating the skin leaves permanent marks.

Sleeping on your stomach will also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. The impact of this position likely increases with age because we tend to spend more time on it as we get older.

Younger people tend to change position on an average of 27 times a night, but that decreases by a third to just 16 positions changed in a night as we get older. Every night that we sleep in the same position, with the same folding of the skin, this reinforces the wrinkles.

The truth behind wrinkles

The cause depends on what type of wrinkles they are:

  • Dynamic wrinkles are caused by making facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling.
  • Static wrinkles occur through factors such as sun damage, genetics and the ageing process, that cause the skin to lose its elasticity

The consensus is the sleep position won’t contribute to wrinkles and even changing your position won’t prevent it. Wrinkles are more likely due to sun exposure, aging and natural expressions in the face and lines and some of these are unavoidable.

Dermal fillers are helpful for restoring healthy volume to your face.

Dermal fillers are used to plump your skin and make it appear smoother. The clinician injects the dermal filler in the specific area with a tiny needle. The fillers are often used to minimise lines around the nose, lips and its aims enhance the lip shape.

Permanent fillers used in the past, such as silicone, are no longer recommended in the face.

The effects usually last 3 to 18 months depending on the type of filler and the area treated. You need regular treatments if you want the effects to last longer.

The fillers are made from the varied materials and effects may be temporary or permanent. It depends on the filler type,

  • Poly-L-lactic acid – effects of these injections given over several months may last up to 2 years
  • Collagen – effects last between 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads – permanent, but risky
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – lasts up to 18 months
  • Hyaluronic acid – lasts about 4 to 6 months

Contact My Skin Design

For more information about preventing wrinkles, call us at 0333-321-0029. One of our professionals can help you to get the right treatment.

Free Superficial Chemical Peel

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Chemical peels are an increasingly popular way to revitalise your look, if you’re interested in having a free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Manchester, Stockport please email  info@myskindesign.co.uk . First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! Terms and conditions apply, see bottom of page for details.

Chemical peels are used to:

• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
• Help your skin produce more collagen
• Improve the look and feel of skin
• Improve the cell turnover rate of your skin

There are some important considerations you need to contemplate before having a chemical peel:

1. Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are great for most people, whether it’s a few wrinkles you’d like to smooth out or acne scars you’re self conscious about. Chemical peels are ideal for those with fair skin but people with dark skin may experience some discolouration depending on the type of problem being treated.

2. What kind of peel do I need?

Chemical peels come in various strengths – superficial, medium and deep – and you must never opt for a chemical peel that is too strong. If you’re concerned then simply start with the lightest option as you can always go for a stronger one next time. As cooks may say; you can always add but you can’t take away.

It’s best to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks, but if you suffer from acne there are some gentle peels you can have every two weeks until you get the results you want.

3. What preparation must I do, and is there anything I need to do after?

To prepare, you may need to take supplementary tablets such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid to help protect your skin. Once you’ve had your chemical peel you must stay away from direct sunlight and make sure you don’t have a holiday in a hot country for at least six week after.

If you’re having a deep peel, it may be worth staying hidden away for a couple of days as your skin could become red and a little swollen. Don’t worry though; it’ll all be worth it once the redness has gone!

4. Where should I get my chemical peel done?

Importantly, your chemical peel should only be administered by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Currently there aren’t any statutory qualifications required to administer a chemical peel so it can be risky. They should have at least a relevant degree and ideally be a Member of the British Association of Dermatologists/Plastic surgeons.

Here at myskindesign we are qualified and long-time members of the British Association of Dermatologists and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons so rest assured, you’re in safe hands.

Not only are you in safe hands, those hands come free! Email info@myskindesign.co.uk  for your free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Leeds, Manchester, Stockport. First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! *Terms and conditions apply, see below for details.

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

Free Chemical Peel Taster Terms and Conditions: One free peel per patient to be claimed within 3 months. Maximum of 15 offers available.