A more feminine you, without surgery
As we begin to age, our faces go through many changes, and some can be less than welcome. The tissues of the face such as muscle mass, fat and bone density deplete and the skin loses vital substances such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid; the building blocks of plump, firm and hydrated skin. This can cause the skin to sag and droop, the jawline becomes less pronounced and the cheeks drop. This can turn what used to be an oval or heart shaped face, to a more square looking one. This can make the facial features look more masculine. Not great for a woman! Fortunately, you don’t have to undergo expensive and invasive surgery, to give yourself a more feminine facial appearance, as the signs of ageing approach. Dr Anita Dhunna can offer an injectable solution to facial ageing, using dermal fillers, to re-sculpt the cheeks and jawline and give you back your womanly facial contours.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances which contain hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring sugar found within the body, responsible for hydration and cushioning, as well as aiding the production of collagen. We renew our own hyaluronic acid (HA) within ourselves, every week, however, as we get older, the levels of our own HA deplete and this can lead to lines, wrinkles and dry and dehydrated skin. When HA is contained in a gel and injected into various areas of the face, at certain depths of the skin tissues, the HA gel can sculpt, re-shape and lift the facial contours. Not only that, but over time, the HA will attract up to 1000 times its own weight in water, making it super-hydrating for the skin!
How do dermal fillers differ from Botox® injections?
A lot of people get confused about how dermal fillers and Botox® work, and will often mistake one treatment for another. Essentially dermal fillers sit innately within various layers of the skin and plump up the tissues. They are completely different substances to Botox®. Botox® is a neurotoxin, which relaxes the facial muscles that cause expression lines, making it perfect for temporarily smoothing lines such as crow’s feet and forehead lines. However, Botox® cannot improve skin hydration or plump and hydrate the skin tissues as dermal fillers do. Each treatment is highly-effective but they perform very different jobs. They can however, be used together for a holistic approach to anti-ageing.
Am I suitable for lower facial rejuvenation using dermal fillers?
Most people who are beginning to notice those tell-tale signs of ageing, such as sagging cheeks and a weakening jawline, could benefit from a dermal filler treatment. However, it’s vitally important that Dr Anita Dhunna assess your facial concerns and check your medical history, in an initial consultation, prior to agreeing to administer dermal fillers. There are contraindications that have to be taken in to account, as well as specific products that Dr Anita Dhunna might wish to use, specifically for your facial concerns. Once Dr Anita Dhunna and you are certain that dermal fillers will not only give you the results you are looking for, but will be safe for you to undergo, you can book your treatment.
What happens in a dermal filler treatment for cheeks and the jawline?
Specific dermal filler products will be chosen for this procedure and they will tend to be quite viscous and supporting to the skin tissues, as they are going to be sculpting and lifting them. Dr Anita Dhunna only used the safest, FDA-approved, CE-certified fillers for their efficacy and safety profile. As she would have already assessed your facial concerns and anatomy, she will have ensured that she has the correct type of filler for your needs. Before the filler is injected, some topical numbing cream may be applied to the areas to be treated. This takes around 30 minutes to take effect. After which, Dr Anita Dhunna can start to work her magic. She will most likely use a cannula for this type of procedure. Cannulas are blunt-ended needles and help to reduce bruising and minimise the risk of piercing a blood vessel or vein. This means that it’s a far more comfortable procedure with less potential cosmetic downtime. Dr Anita will glide the cannula in to the areas to be treated and will then administer the filler. After which, she may mould and massage the product, to help it settle and to give you a smooth, natural result. Some results can be seen immediately after your treatment, but it is worth taking in to account that you might experience some swelling, minor bruising and tenderness after your treatment. We always advise our patients to allow at least 2 weeks for the full results to be apparent. In the weeks and months that follow your treatment, however, you will continue to notice an improvement in your skin quality as the HA begins to work to hydrate and nourish the skin tissues.
How long do the results last from a dermal filler treatment for cheeks and the jawline?
This is the golden question we get asked all the time, at Dr Anita Dhunna’s clinics in London, Essex and Hertfordshire and the simple answer is that everyone is unique in their response to the treatment, their lifestyle and how they take care of their skin. Everyone metabolises HA at different rates, but if you smoke and sit in the sun excessively, you might find that your treatment doesn’t last as long as someone who perhaps doesn’t make these choices. On average, we advise our patients that a treatment such as this, can last anything from 6 to 12 months, but lifestyle choices and environmental factors can all affect the longevity of results. If you eat healthily, take care of your skin and protect it from the elements, you’ve a much greater chance of enjoying your dermal filler results for longer.
Why should I have dermal fillers with Dr Anita Dhunna?
Dermal fillers are considered a medical advice and although it’s not currently illegal for non-medics to be injecting these substances, the government is now looking more deeply in to the restrictions surrounding dermal fillers and who may and may not administer them. It’s our recommendation and that of all within the medical profession, that dermal fillers should only be administered by a fully-qualified and highly-experienced medical practitioner, who has had specific training in this procedure. Dr Anita Dhunna has been performing dermal fillers for many years and has the medical training to be able to place dermal fillers in the correct locations within the skin tissues for safe and natural-looking results. As with any medical procedure, there can be complications, so why wouldn’t you have someone with a medical degree to be able to deal with any side-effects?, no matter how rare they occur. Unfortunately we are seeing more and more mistakes made by non-medics with disastrous consequences, when it comes to dermal filler treatments, so our advice is stay safe and choose only a qualified medic for your dermal filler treatments.
If you are beginning to see signs of ageing that you would rather not face every day in the mirror, but don’t want to have to undergo invasive surgery and lengthy downtime, dermal fillers could be just the solution for you. With many years’ experience and an eye for artistic facial beauty, Dr Anita Dhunna can give you the feminine facial contours you once possessed and renew your sense of confidence and wellbeing, safely and professionally.