Profhilo – the newest type of skin-renewing injectable – can also be counted among these.
All these procedures are aimed to give you a refreshed look without the need for invasive surgery. They generally cause minimal discomfort and have little to no recovery times, which allows patients to get back to everyday life almost immediately.
Are you looking to gain your youthful glow back? Or perhaps you would like to prevent lines and deep wrinkles to develop? Whatever your goal, Dr Nina is here to help.
Let’s dig into the best non-surgical wrinkle treatments so you can get a better idea of which treatments might be the most suitable for your goals.
What Are Anti-Ageing Injections?
Ageing is a natural process and, whether we like it or not, it affects everyone! Genetics plays a role in the ageing process, but many external factors can also affect the development of lines and wrinkles. These include excessive sun exposure, smoking, not drinking enough water, taking some medications, not sleeping enough, and more.
Until a few years ago, there used to be just a few options for turning back the clock without having to undergo invasive plastic surgeries. But today, thanks to the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery, it is possible to slow down and – in many cases – even reverse the effects of time on your face thanks to cutting-edge facial aesthetics treatments and products.
Dr Nina has seen for herself the positive effects of a wide range of facial aesthetic treatments, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in confidence and self-esteem. This is why she is so passionate about sharing those benefits with her patients and continues to trial all the latest treatments personally so that she can reliably advise them.
But what are anti-ageing injections made of, and how do they work? Keep reading to learn all about them.
Types of Anti-Wrinkle Injections
According to Dr Nina, the secret to a successful aesthetic treatment is to provide results that are subtle and will give you a natural appearance, without people being able to tell you had a procedure done!
To achieve this kind of result, she recommends a specific aesthetic treatment for facial rejuvenation that is becoming increasingly popular: the combination of dermal fillers and botulinum toxin type A.
Both treatments provide benefits for anti-ageing, but they do that in different ways that we are going to explain below.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
The most common signs of ageing are caused by the loss of volume, due to the fact that our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat and collagen as the years go by. With facial tissues thinning out, smile lines and crow’s feet become more visible and cheeks may start looking a little hollow.
Fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to help diminish facial lines by restoring lost volume and fullness in the face.
Common issues face fillers can help address include:
- Smoothing out lines around the nose and mouth
- Enhancing and restoring volume to sunken cheeks or temples
- Diminishing vertical lip lines
- Plumping and enhancing lips
- Smoothing out chin creases
- Reducing fine lines and dark circles under your eyes
- Improving symmetry among facial features and generally restoring a more youthful appearance
What Are Fillers Made Of
In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from.
These include Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Ellanse, all extremely safe temporary fillers. Ellanse and Radiesse also act as collagen stimulators, adding more volume and definition.
Here are the most common substances used for face fillers.
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. It is typically used in fillers to target deeper lines and wrinkles, and it is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production. CaHA fillers include Radiesse.
- Poly-Caprolactone (PCL)
Poly-Caprolactone is a well-known totally bioresorbable soft medical polymer. One of Dr Nina’s most used fillers, Ellanse, is made of Poly-Caprolactone microspheres suspended in a gel carrier consisting of mainly water and glycerine. When injected into the skin, it acts as an instant filler giving instant results. Ellanse also stimulates the production of new collagen in and around the treated area.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism, but used as a cosmetic ingredient it’s one of the most popular kinds of anti-aging injections.
Botulinum toxin works by blocking the electrical impulses that make the facial muscles contract. Since wrinkles and lines on your face are caused by your muscles making the same contraction over and over, blocking this signal can minimize the appearance of these wrinkles. Botulinum toxin injections can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing the contraction of facial muscles.
Treating wrinkles with botulinum toxin is a minimally invasive procedure, simple and straightforward. It does not involve incisions or general anaesthesia and has minimal downtime.
Anti-wrinkle injections with botulinum toxin are most commonly used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet or smile lines.
Anti-Aging Injections General FAQs
Dr Nina always recommends coming in for a first skin consultation to answer this question, first and foremost. She will analyse and assess your skin type and needs before prescribing a treatment course that is tailored to you and your goals.
All treatments carry a degree of risk, but in the case of anti-ageing injections, these are normally quite mild. You may experience at times slight swelling after the treatment so therefore ice packs can be applied or ibuprofen if you are uncomfortable. Make-up should be avoided for the first 12 hours after the treatment. All risks and complications will be discussed with Dr Nina at the consultation.
The results of anti-ageing injections can last up to 6-12 months, sometimes longer depending on how fast your metabolism works. Every person’s individual metabolism is different, so the longevity of the treatment will also vary greatly from one person to another. For example, for people with a very fast metabolic rate, dermal fillers will break down more rapidly than in those with a slower metabolic rate.
Anti-ageing injections are not recommended if:
– you are suffering from skin infections
– you have experienced any reactions to local anaesthetic
– you’re taking any medicines which affect bleeding
– you have an autoimmune disease
– you are pregnant
– you are under 18
Profhilo: The Injectable Moisturiser Treatment
Profhilo is the latest addition to the world of anti-ageing injections. Invented in Italy, Profhilo quickly gained traction within the UK in 2015. Winner of Product Innovation of the Year, 2016 at The Aesthetics Awards, it has been popular ever since.
Profhilo is effectively a skin-renewing injectable treatment that has quickly become one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures to address skin laxity and fight all signs of ageing, including the crepe-like texture typical of ageing skin.
Known as a skin remodelling treatment, it contains one of the highest concentrations of stabilised hyaluronic acid available on the cosmetic surgery market.
The treatment uses the power of hyaluronic acid to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and boost hydration in the three main layers of the skin. This, in turn, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and sagginess, and promotes firmer and overall fresher-looking skin from the inside out.
Profhilo can be used in combination with other injectables such as botulinum type A toxin and dermal fillers, or as a stand-alone treatment. The most common areas of treatment are the face and neck, however, can also be performed on décolletage/cleavage/lower neck, chest, hands, arms, knees, and even feet.
Anti-Ageing Injections: Final Thoughts
Anti-ageing injections such as botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and Profhilo are some of the most popular and effective procedures to achieve a fresh, youthful look without the need to go under the knife.
The important thing to consider when choosing between the different treatments is what kind of wrinkles you want to get rid of and how.
- Botulinum is the better choice for dynamic wrinkles, caused by muscles contracting in a certain way over and over. These wrinkles are usually positioned in the forehead and around the eyebrows.
- Facial fillers are ideal for static wrinkles, which are visible even when your face is relaxed and making no expression. These areas are depleted and sunken in and will benefit from the fullness that facial fillers give them, restoring volume loss.
- Finally, Profhilo is a skin-renewing injectable moisturiser with skin remodelling benefits that works on skin quality rather than muscle movements and doesn’t add any volume as fillers do.