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Slowing down the aging face

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8 years of Botox® and Fillers. These photos show one of my lovely patients (you’ll recognise her from the video on our home page) aged 46 when she first started coming to me, compared with a recent photo aged 54. She’s had no surgery, only Botox® and dermal fillers. That’s right, she’s 54 in the photo on the right. I think she looks fresher and more vibrant now than 8 years ago, and wonderfully natural.

For women, the decade between 40 and 50 is usually a time of rapid facial aging. Gently relaxing selected facial muscles with Botox® and supporting lax areas with dermal fillers can make a huge difference in how your face comes through those years of great change.

My patient’s goal was maintenance and I wanted to keep her looking warm, cheerful and natural. To achieve this over the past 8 years we’ve followed a very gradual treatment program using small amounts of Botox® regularly in frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet and jawline and occasional Juvederm dermal filler to temples, cheeks, eye hollows, brows, frown, chin, jawline and lips. I think you’ll agree we’ve acheived her goal and she looks refreshed and beautiful whilst retaining warmth and character in her face.

Botox® and Dysport are Prescription Medicines containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox® and Dysport treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.

1 Benedetto A. The Cosmetic Uses of Botulinum toxin type A. Int J Dermatol 1999, 38:6641.655

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Botox®  is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.