Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

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Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out the wrinkles and creases in the skin and 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, procedures 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 is not be 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 in 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 at 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 it 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 other safe treatments such as Botox, lip fillers and chemical skin peels,

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

Which Chemical Peel Suits You?

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Many people heard the term “chemical peel” but they don’t know what it entails and how it works? They don’t realise that there are various kinds of peels including some brand-new peels that are great for improving the skin appearance.

Types of Chemical Peel?

Lactic Peel

  • Contains the popular alpha hydroxy acids
  • Powerful ingredient which helps to reduce acne breakouts and appearance of wrinkles and signs of ageing
  • Derived from the milk
  • Ideal for sensitive or dry skin
  • It has active ingredients such as retinol
  • If concerned about having an adverse reaction, then this peel looks easier on skin

Pigment Balancing Peel

  • Consists of high powered brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a powerful exfoliating acid solution, thus it accelerates cell renewal and improves hyperpigmentation
  • Improves skin radiance and texture
  • Lightens dark spots and evens-out skin tone
  • Eliminates brown spots
  • Supports healthy collagen levels for firmer skin
  • Minimise wrinkles and fine lines
  • For desired effect – you need to use sunscreen

Glycolic Peel

  • It is a medium grade chemical peel – It targets the skin’s epidermis rather than penetrating down to deeper layers
  • The peels must be administered by an aesthetician or dermatologist
  • It rejuvenates the skin and fights aging
  • It improves acne by removing dirty layers, bacteria, dead skin cells
  • To shrink pores and improve overall skin tone
  • If used properly you will see positive results for several months

Beta Peel

  • It uses salicyclic acid to exfoliate the skin
  • It renews the skin by lifting dead cells from your face and it stimulates metabolism
  • You can quickly achieve substantial improvement in uneven pigmentation
  • It reduces acne scars and enlarged pores

Who can use chemical peels?

Usually, light-haired and fair-skinned patients are the ones who can use any chemical peel. Darker skinned people can also get good results, but it depends upon the type of problem they are trying to combat.

Before taking chemical peel inform your clinician if you have any scarring, cold sores, or facial X-rays in your history.

What to expect after a chemical peel?

This is very much depending upon the type of peel you have, a reaction such as sunburn may occur. Peeling usually, involves redness then followed by scaling, but this should disappear within 3 to 7 days.

Mild peels can be repeated at 1 to 4-week intervals until you get the look you are after.

You will need to avoid the sun for some days after a chemical peel since your new skin will be fragile.

Conclusion

Chemical peel is very popular because it offers immediate results and is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Are you looking for a consultation regarding this chemical peels, which one is best for you and what you can expect? My Skin Design is an experienced and established UK based company offering this service. Highly trained certified professionals will sit and talk with you and explain exactly how it works, which treatment will suit you best and answer any further question you might have.

Call us on 0333-321-0029 to book an appointment

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.

Is It Safe To Get A Facial After Botox?

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It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 24 hours after botulinum injections to get a facial.

Facial therapy can cause vasodilation of the facial vasculature, which may lead to bruising. Furthermore, the massage that occurs during facials can cause the botulinum toxin to disperse into unwanted areas, resulting in side effects such as lid and brow ptosis.

The general advice is to avoid exercising or any beauty treatments within the first 2 days after treatment to get the best possible results and avoid any potential side effects.

You must also avoid sun beds, chemical peels and laser treatments for at least a week.

Myskindesign is one of the best aesthetic clinics in the Manchester area. We have a highly trained team of medical professionals committed to creating natural results.

We are based at the Heaton Mersey orthodontic centre in Manchester and at the Wellfield House clinic in Huddersfield.

To find more about Myskindesign and our advanced injectable treatments contact us on 0333 321 0029 or email us info@myskindesign.co.uk

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.

Benefits of Facial Massage

Benefits of Massage

As well as staying young, it’s important to stay looking healthy, so a facial massage should be an essential part of your beauty routine.

Why is facial massaging so effective in keeping your healthy glow?

Blood flow

Just as you massage aching joints after a long run to help repair your muscles, massaging your face encourages skin cells to rejuvenate. Massage stimulates blood flow, which is vital for keeping your skin lively and fresh.

And relax…

Release the tensions in your forehead and around your mouth by massaging out those tiny knots. This will also relax your skin, helping lines and shallow wrinkles almost disappear.

Give your skin a drink

When massaging your face masseurs often use a baby oil base which is kind to your skin. At home you can use a natural oil such as cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or even just sunflower oil to nourish and hydrate your skin.

DIY facial massage

If only we all had the budget for a bi-weekly facial massage (or even a full body one!). Facial massage is something that can very easily be done from the comfort of your own home.

First thing’s first: wash your hands. Your hands harbour bacteria, which you don’t want near your face.

Use gentle oil for your skin, and as I have mentioned you can find this in your kitchen. You may be put off by the smell of these basic oils and you can use essential oils to jazz it up a bit, but be careful not to use floral or citrus oils if you have sensitive skin.

Take a little oil in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together, warming the oil and covering your hands. Then start massaging:

1. Begin at the centre of your face on either side of the bridge of your nose, and move outwards and upwards using smooth curved movements, using either your fingers or your knuckles.

2. Return to your chin and with long strokes move upwards along the line of your jaw toward your cheek bones

3. With the flat of your palm or the heel of your palm use short upwards strokes from the centre of your forehead. Gradually move outwards along your eyebrows, continuing with the lifting movement.

There is a lot of discussion around what kind of movements you should make, between vertical, curved or circular strokes. Essentially you, just work with whatever makes you feel good.

You can focus on different parts of your face and potential ‘problem areas’ if you need to. Primarily ensure that most of your massage is moving up your face, rather than further encouraging the disparaging effects of gravity by dragging your face down and encouraging wrinkles.

You can sleep with leftover oil on your face over night for an intensive moisture boost, or simply wash off with warm water before patting your face dry.

Most importantly- enjoy it and relax!

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

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