Anti-ageing treatments - the art of keeping natural

Anti-ageing treatments - the art of keeping natural - By Dr Severine Leonet 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments are becoming increasingly popular, with Botox and dermal fillers being the most commonly used options.

These allow individuals to address signs of ageing such as wrinkles and volume loss as well as to enhance and sculpt structures such as the cheeks, nose, jawlines, chin and lips. 

There are essential points to consider before undertaking any procedure. It is important to assess the face as a whole and take all its features into account instead of focusing on a particular structure independently from the other ones. Correcting one feature will indeed indirectly affect or improve the neighbouring area. Besides, the different facial volumes should be well proportioned and remain so after any treatment. It is all about bringing harmony to a face while respecting its identity and what makes it unique, rather than altering one single part to make it conform to a pre-set standard or size. In the same way, we are all born slightly asymmetrical; a perfectly symmetrical face would actually look quite odd and artificial. Attractiveness is found in balance, not symmetry.

Because providing subtle results goes hand in hand with using the right product, I shall mention that my preference goes to Mertz Aesthetics Belotero fillers, which differ from the other hyaluronic acids (HA) in their composition and the way they are manufactured. Unlike other ranges, these products are made of high molecular weight HA and do not contain any low molecular weight HA, which are more prone to migrating away from the injection site as well as causing pro-inflammatory reactions.

Furthermore, Belotero has been developed with a specific patented technology involving a second cross-linking phase between molecules, which results in a gel combining different density zones of HA, making it particularly adaptable. This enables the product to spread homogenously and integrate seamlessly into the skin, similar to honey, creating a smooth, flawless finish. These unique viscoelastic properties, tissue distribution and integration patterns allow it to be used without raising the concern of developing bumps and lumps, even when treating very superficial lines. This range, therefore, demonstrates increased tolerability, reduced risk of complications and helps to achieve optimum aesthetic results. 

Ideally, small tweaks should be performed regularly in different areas to keep a constant fresh appearance. If a treatment is done well, it should not be noticeable; the skill really is at the hands of the practitioner. The patient should simply look (and feel) rested and refreshed, not fake, unnatural or like they have had “something done”.

The same goes for Botox.  My approach is to preserve a certain degree of expression and avoid the frozen look. It is always preferable to under correct in the first place as we always have the option to add more and make small adjustments at a follow-up appointment. It should be mentioned that Botox also has a preventative effect. As it relaxes the muscles that are responsible for dynamic lines, most patients will get out of the habit of making the movements that cause them. If dynamic lines are treated at an early stage, it may then take longer for them to further develop and become static.

Incorporating an appropriate daily skincare and sunscreen routine will also help maintain and improve the condition of the skin.

Anti-ageing is a long-term undertaking; the earlier you start with preventative measures, the better the benefits of reducing the visible signs of ageing and retaining a natural appearance.

For a consultation with Dr Leonet please call 0808 252 9528.