Non-surgical

NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES

In expert hands, non-surgical rejuvenation techniques like Botox, filler and threading can have dramatic results with little or no downtime. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about these techniques.

BOTOX & FILLER

What is the difference between Botox and filler?

Botox works by partially blocking the nerve impulse to the muscle with the effect of decreasing the contraction of the muscles. Less muscle contraction results in less wrinkling of the skin. Fillers are used to restore your skin’s volume, smooth away facial wrinkles and folds and redefine lips.

Are there any negative consequences to using Botox and filler over the long term?

The effects of Botox last for an average of three to four months. This varies depending on the condition of the skin, area treated and lifestyle factors. The effects of filler last for up to a year. The effects of both filler and Botox are temporary. However, improper use and injection technique may give an inadequate result.

Isn’t Botox a toxin?

Botox contains purified botulinum toxin type A.

What can be done to improve pucker lines/barcode lines around the lips?

The loss of volume in the upper lip can be treated with filler and the surface texture of the lip improved with laser, microdermabrasion, medical needling or chemical peels.

For how long are these treatments effective?

Depending on the type of treatment, the effect may last from three months to longer than a year.

Who is allowed to administer Botox and filler?

A medical doctor trained and experienced in the use of Botox and filler can administer the treatment.

What is a ‘liquid face lift’?

A ‘liquid face lift’ is a non-surgical improvement of the face using only aesthetic techniques such as Botox and filler.

Can Botox effectively treat certain types of chronic pain?

Migraines and pain due to chronic muscle spasm affecting the eyes, face and neck are effectively treated with Botox. It is also used to relieve muscle spasm in children with cerebral palsy.

Can Botox effectively treat excess sweating?

Yes, Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine sweat glands. This prevents the glands from producing sweat. Over a period of 6 to12 weeks, new nerve endings grow to replace the blocked ones. This means that the effects of treatment last for several months, but will eventually wear off.

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THREAD LIFT

Women and men, between the ages of 40 and 50, have a number of choices with regards to non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. The better-known options, such as Botox and facial fillers, offer fantastic results. But with increased signs of facial ageing, many women are left with difficult decisions about what to do next to prolong the need for surgical intervention. Thread lifting provides an effective, minimally invasive alternative for a better, younger you.

 

A thread lift is a unique solution with immediate, natural effects used to treat sagging on the facial contours, jaw line, cheeks, neck and eyebrows. Best of all, the procedure can be done quickly and painlessly in the practitioner’s rooms in a short 40-minute procedure.

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What is the procedure?

No special preparation is required prior to treatment. However, you need to inform your doctor of any treatment you have already received and any medications you are currently taking. A small amount of local anaesthetic is administered, followed by the insertion of the threads with a microneedle. Once all the threads have been placed, they are tightened creating an immediate natural lifting effect.

 

Thread Lift is a tailor-made treatment, adapted to your needs and wishes. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with fillers and Botox. The regenerating effect is gradual. By resorbing, the Poly-L-lactic acid in the thread acts on the deeper layers of the skin and stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. This action, which continues over time, helps increase the volume and restores the shapeliness of the face.

What do I need to do after the procedure?

Slight swelling and bruising may occur. Sometimes a slight depression or surface irregularity may appear at the entry points. These inconveniences disappear a few days after treatment.

 

  • Apply cold packs after the procedure to minimise swelling and reduce discomfort.
  • Avoid excessive facial and neck movements for two weeks.
  • Avoid face and neck massages for two weeks.

 

For best results, Thread Lift must be performed by a doctor who has undergone specific training for this procedure.

HAVE A QUESTION?

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