News & stories relating to our dental & cosmetic treatments.
Achieving that natural look with lip augmentation
They say that your eyes reflect what is in your soul but your lips and the corner of your mouth reveals what is in your mind. Whether happy or sad, peaceful or contemplative, there is no facial feature as expressive as your lips.
As the central feature of the lower third of the face, full and well defined lips portray a sense of youth, health, attractiveness and sexuality. They reach their fullness in our late teenage years or early twenties but thereafter, as they age, they lose volume and can become thin and flat.
Their appearance can be affected by a multitude of other facial structures including skin, fat, muscle, teeth and bones. As you grow older, these components change and ultimately contribute to the less attractive lip appearance.
For example, the amount and distribution of facial fat can change and combined with alterations in muscle, loss of jawbone and teeth height, results in a loss of lip support. The upshot of that process is a ‘sad look’.
Here at Estetica we recognise the changes that take place and understand these support structures frequently need addressing to either prevent or correct the down-turning of lip corners.
Volumetric lip enhancement to the rescue
What started in 1981 with the introduction of collagen for enhancing lips has become an evolution of excellent treatment modalities. Injectable collagen lip therapy continued to evolve with new, longer lasting products available today. In addition, the introduction of hyaluronic acid (HA) products heralded a new era in the ever-expanding choices for soft tissue augmentation. HA products like Restylane, Juvederm are an exciting class of materials that offer flexibility of use, safety and natural feel of the tissues treated.
The future of lip enhancement is bright and full of optimism. Today’s treatment options offer excellent results that satisfy both physicians and, more importantly, patients. The safety of volumetric lip enhancement continues to improve resulting in more and more patients seeking those elusive perfect lips.
Dr Sina Salimi at Estetica said; “The concept of beauty has changed over time and large lips and obvious volume augmentation is no longer the trend.
“At Estetica, we believe that the look, texture and balance is far more important than sizeable impact and we are dedicated to creating a natural look and a natural smile.”
With more than eight years of experience in facial aesthetic injectables, including Fillers and lip augmentation, Dr Salimi looks at each case differently. He combines different treatment options to create a natural result.
Tell us what you think
Why not tell us of your experience of undergoing treatment at Estetica or maybe you have a question with regards to one of the case studies below. Each case illustrates how Estetica deals with the individual requirements of the patient.
Patient complains of loss of volume in the upper and lower lip
Treatment – 1 ml Restylane Lip in Upper and lower lip
Patient is not happy with:
a) The corner of her mouth. She complains of ‘Sad Look’
b) Her lips getting thinner
c) The lines from Nose To mouth
1 ml Restylane in upper and lower lip
1 ml Restylane perlane in naso–labial lines
2 units of Azzalure in each side of corner of the mouth
Improve and smooth the texture of your facial skin
Do you suffer with acne or wrinkles caused by sun damage? Maybe you want to reduce fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth or improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and colour. If so, why not consider a Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to eventually peel off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, thus the term Chemical Peel is derived.
Some types of chemical peel can be purchased and administered without a medical license. However, people considering such treatment, are advised to seek professional help from a specialist before a procedure is performed. Here at Estetica, we are fortunate to have a full member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Parisa Bahramian, who carries out the treatment. Parisa is a skilled and experienced pharmacist with a passion for knowledge and a desire to develop new ways of helping her clients enhance their features.
Light chemical peels
Light chemical peels are not only extremely popular treatments, but they are the most superficial of all chemical peels. It means there is literally NO downtime. These peels are often called “lunchtime peels” because you can get one done quickly over a lunch hour and return to work directly afterwards. During the treatment, the skin is exfoliated using an alpha or beta hydroxy acid. The treatment can improve mild to moderately severe cases of acne and can be given over the face or other body area where acne is a problem. The peel is also used to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin texture and fade discolorations.
How it Works and What to Expect
Chemical Peels rapidly exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to shed more effectively. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging the hair follicle, pore blockages (comedones) and pimples can be drastically reduced. During your peel treatment, the skin is first thoroughly cleansed and dried before the AHA or BHA is applied. The length of time the peeling agent is left on varies, but the average is about 10 minutes.
Thereafter, the peel is removed with cool water and a neutralizing agent. Once the skin is dried, the peel is complete. The nature of the treatment means the skin will look a little sunburnt. This redness can fade in a few hours or last up to five days, depending on the strength of the peeling agent used and how long it was left on the skin. You might also experience peeling or flaking of the skin and or burning during the treatment. These side-effects are common and nothing to worry about.
If you have undergone a chemical peel, let us know your experience. You can find us onTwitter, Facebook and LinkedIn or maybe just leave a comment below. If you are based in Surrey or surrounding areas and want to speak with Parisa, you can contact her atwww.esteticaa.co.uk or on 01932 570099
Estetica in Surrey uses the Candela GentleMAX® – the first multiple wavelength workstation uniquely configured to address aesthetic medicines’ most commonly requested procedures, including permanent hair reduction, leg and facial vein removal, vascular and pigmented lesion removal and skin tightening. The GentleMAX offers practitioners the same unsurpassed speed, efficacy and ease-of-use found in all Candela lasers along with the additional advantages of expanded treatment versatility and convenience. Only Tiffani Kim Institute can offer its customers a configurable, multiple wavelength device without compromising product specifications, power or performance.
Versatility: Combining 755 nm and 1064 nm treatment capabilities, the GentleMAX workstation is Candela’s most versatile device, capable of removing unwanted hair, leg and facial veins, fine lines and wrinkles, vascular and pigmented lesions and skin laxity for our Weybridge laser hair removal patients
Fast: With unprecedented 18 mm spot sizes and repetition rates up to 2 Hz, the GentleMAX offers fast treatment with fewer laser pulses.
Treats All Skin Types:Dual wavelength capabilities gives the GentleMAX the ideal settings any patient walking through your door, including those with tans
Helps Prevent Collateral Damage to Surrounding Tissue: Changing the optics of the skin results in the delivery of highly effective energy precisely to the treatment target helping prevent collateral damage to surrounding normal tissue.
Requires no Pre-Treatments and/or Topical Anethetics: Eliminating the need for pre-treatments reduces the treatment time by up to 90 minutes.
To Book your treatment for laser hair removal in Weybridge , call us on 01932 570099 or simply download our price list on www.esteticacosmetic.co.uk
Causes of and Solutions for Sun Damage
Sun damage, also known as photo damage, refers to the damaged caused to the skin due to the harmful UV rays. Uncontrolled sun damage and repeated, unprotected exposure to the sun may cause early aging of the skin and increase the risk of serious diseases such as skin cancer.
Ultraviolet (UV) Rays
Sunlight carries ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can be harmful for the skin when it comes in direct, frequent or prolonged contact with the skin. UVA and UVB are two basic types of UV rays. UVA rays are more dangerous for the human body.
These rays tend to penetrate deep into the skin and are one of the key causes of early aging. Prolonged contact with UVA rays may also cause skin cancer. UVB rays, on the other hand, primarily affect only the superficial surface of the skin. Sunburns are typically caused due to UVB rays.
Secondary Sun Exposure
Primary or direct exposure to the sun is not the only cause of sun damage. Secondary sun exposure occurs when you are not deliberately seeking the sun. It may occur during everyday activities such as walking towards the parking lot, driving to work, or simply sitting near a sun-facing window. Secondary exposure to UV rays may even occur in places where you are least expecting it. It can occur when you are indoors, in the shade, or even on cloudy days.
An average person is exposed to more than 10 hours indoor UV rays in a week. Another seven hours of exposure to outdoor UV rays occurs in a week on average. In other words, an average person may receive about 20 hours of weekly UV radiation exposure without a suitable protection. For people living in sunny climates, the likelihood of sun exposure increases.
People who are at Higher Risk
Everyone is vulnerable to sun damage, but some people may have a higher risk than others. People who have suffered sunburns in the past are at a relatively higher risk than others. People living in hilly regions are also exposed to higher UV intensity. People with fair skin and light hair are genetically more predisposed to sun damage.
Those who engage in frequent outdoor activities are likely to be exposed more, which makes them more vulnerable to sun damage. Certain antibiotics and other medications may increase a patient’s sensitivity to the sun. People who have undergone certain cosmetic skin procedures should consult with their dermatologist for extra protection against sun damage.
How to Prevent Sun Damage?
Sun damage not only leads to premature aging of the skin, but it also increases the risk of skin cancer. Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma are three common types of skin cancer that may be caused due to excessive sun exposure.
Protecting against daily direct or indirect exposure to the sun is important. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen products with an SPF of 15 or higher. The sunscreen should provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Moisturizers may also be used to defend against incidental UV exposure.
Sunscreen should be applied to the face, lips, ears, and neck. In case of a balding person, the scalp must also be protected. Sunscreen should be applied ideally 20 minutes prior to contact with UV rays. For extended sun exposure, the sunscreen application should be repeated every two to three hours.
Treatments for Sun Damage
A broad range of treatment options is available for sun damage here at Estetica, including both prescription and non-prescription treatments. More serious sun damage may require additional cosmetic procedures to restore the natural skin appearance. A dermatologist is the best person to evaluate the extent of sun damage and prescribe appropriate treatment according to the patient’s needs.
Retinol: Retinol includes pure Vitamin A, which helps in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin. It stimulates the renewal of keratin, which is essential for skin repair.
AHAs: AHAs or Alpha Hydroxin Acids eliminate dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. It helps to produce a smoother and healthier skin tone with new skin cells.
Antioxidants: Sun damage can cause oxidative stress in the skin. Antioxidants improve the skin vivacity and reduce the wrinkles and skin discoloration.
Soy: Soy based treatments help to smooth and moisturize the skin, even the overall skin tone, and repair cracks in the skin in a mild and natural manner.
Tretinoin: Topical application of tretinoin helps to enhance collagen production to improve the inner arrangement of the skin. It reduces wrinkles and improves the skin texture.
Hydroquinones: This treatment is applied topically in the affected areas to inhibit the production of melanin. It helps to remove over-pigmented cells and improves skin clarity and tone.
Cosmetic Dermatological Treatments
Cosmetic procedures must be performed by an expert cosmetic dermatologist for safe and predictable results.
Microdermabrasion: This procedure involves scraping away of tiny surface skin particles to stimulate the structure of new skin cells. It decreases the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration, enhances skin texture, and restores the natural glow of the skin.
Chemical Peels: This non-surgical procedure involves application of a chemical solution to the face which gently removes the topmost layer of the skin. The regenerated skin appears in its place, which is softer, smoother, and less wrinkled.
Laser Resurfacing: Controlled laser light is used to vaporize undesired skin tissue and imperfections such as age spots and wrinkles layer by layer.
Derma Fillers: Advanced derma filler treatments are injected directly into the dermis to boost the production of collagen and volumize the skin. It helps to reduce skin folds, creases, wrinkles, and scars.
Botox: This is one of the most popular anti-aging injectable treatments with safe results. Patients of sun damage who develop mild to moderate lines and wrinkles can use this minimally invasive treatment option to restore the youthful appearance of their skin.