Ageing affects us all, the way we act, the way we feel, and definitely the way we look. Skin loses its elasticity, wrinkles easier, crow’s feet and frown lines highlight years of squinting in the sun and skin sags in places you would rather it didn’t. Skin tightening procedures are no longer reliant upon surgery. Non-surgical options such as Thermage laser and injectable treatments offer a less invasive way to tighten and rejuvenate skin to a more youthful, radiant and fresh faced appearance. The professional team at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery offer procedures including Thermage laser and injectables such as Anti Wrinkle Injections and dermal fillers.
Effects of ageing:
As you age, your skin’s collagen and elastin simply break down faster than your body can rebuild them, causing your skin to lose elasticity—which often leads to wrinkles and pockets of loose, sagging skin. The effects of age are typically most noticeable around the eyes, where the skin is delicate and thin. Over time, it will start to lose elasticity, beginning to droop and wrinkle, even creating heavy “hoods” that make you look older.
Skin is our body’s largest organ, adapting everywhere to the changes in your shape, activities and lifestyle. As we age, our skin’s resilience and elasticity decreases, especially after major life events like childbirth, and sometimes never returns to that smooth skin feeling. For most people, age brings with it areas of uneven or unsightly bulges that just can’t be remedied with exercise or diet. It’s skin – not fat – that often gets in the way of achieving the youthful look we all desire.
After a lifetime of laughing, smiling, furrowing brows or lighting up in surprise, the skin on your face can really show the signs of ageing. Your face is also the area of your skin most exposed to the elements, bearing the brunt of environmental factors like sun damage. Over time, the smooth, sleek look you once had breaks down, becoming uneven and lined with wrinkles. Your features lose definition, especially in the jawline, lips and neck.
How do I know what I need and for what parts?
Too many options? As a part of the high quality, professional, client focussed care; the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery offers complimentary skin consultations with our dermal therapists and cosmetic nurses. The dermal therapists and cosmetic nurses meet with you to discuss your skin concerns and your skin goals. Following on from this consultation they will plan a treatment regime for you and offer you the best non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to most effective reach you goal. In some instances, it may just be one form of treatment or in others you may achieve the best result through a combination of procedures.
Which laser works best: Thermage
Thermage provides the great skin tightening results, without surgery or downtime and is available at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. By heating the deeper tissues, Thermage immediately begins to tighten the skin and increase collagen production. The result is healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin.
Thermage is effective on:
Hooding, fine lines and even our brow line can make us look worn-down. Thermage treats the upper and lower eyelids to help you look more youthful and rested.
As we age, phrases like “turkey neck”, loose jowls, sagging skin and “what happened to my jawline?” creep in. Thermage smooths lines and wrinkles and remodels collagen for the overall health of the skin.
Ageing doesn’t just affect the skin on our faces; our bodies see the effects too, with crepey, sagging skin and unwanted bulges and dimples. Thermage is a non-invasive way to smooth the skin on our bodies and even temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.
It’s all about the energy.
Focusing radiofrequency energy to kick-start the body’s own natural renewal process is what makes Thermage work. The process involves a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver a more comfortable treatment.
Lasers equal pain, right?
Wrong. The Comfort Pulse technology with Thermage laser provides gentle vibrations interspersed with cooling. Throughout the procedure, your physician will ask for feedback on the level of heat sensation to help balance your comfort with maximum results.
Treatment time: What to expect?
Thermage treatments are typically 45 minutes for eyes or face and up to 90 minutes for larger body areas. You will notice results from just one treatment. As the collagen in your skin will continue to tighten the results will gradually appear within two to six months. Results can last up to two years.
Post-treatment downtime: not with Thermage
After treatment, your skin may be slightly red, but most people resume regular activities immediately after treatment.
Thermage laser skin tightening is a no-downtime procedure that is very effective in improving facial skin tone and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Consider it a form of ‘facelift insurance’ as for some; it can put off the need for a more invasive procedure for many years.
Are injectable options more for me?
Taking only a matter of minutes, it is a cost effective, efficient and results from oriented technique to tighten your skin. Injectable treatments target the effects of ageing and achieve a more youthful look. Treatments at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery include dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Dermal fillers: plump and enhance
Dermal fillers are fast, administered via a series of tiny injections with instantly visible results. Fillers are available in temporary and semi-permanent options. Perfect for bringing back a feeling of volume and plumpness to enhance the contours in your skin and soften creases and tighten wrinkles. There is no down time with this procedure.
The ouch factor?
Injections can be uncomfortable. The pain level will depend on your tolerance and the area being treated. Your cosmetic nurse may apply ice during the procedure to assist with pain or may offer a numbing cream application prior to injecting.
How long will my fresh face last?
The longevity of your results will depend on the type of filler used and how you look after your tight new look.
Dermal fillers usually last six to 12 months and are often used in combination with anti-wrinkle injections to smooth out lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the face.
Dermal filler risks
The most common side effects of fillers are bruising, infection and allergic reaction. There is a risk of significant complications if the operator accidentally injects filler into blood vessels, the most common being potential skin loss.
The skilled and qualified cosmetic nurses at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery provide this treatment to conquer frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead furrows and skin bands on the neck. Your consultations prior to treatment will ensure that your goals and expectations are realistic and achievable.
Anti-wrinkle: as the name suggests
Tiny needles are used to inject the product into the targeted areas. Anti-wrinkle injections target facial muscles and once injected the product begins to relax muscles responsible for lines and wrinkles. The transmission between the nerve and the muscle is stopped preventing the muscle contracting and causing wrinkling. It is another procedure that has no down time with clients immediately returning to their day.
The sensation has been likened to an ant bite that may leave small mozzie bite marks that subside in 30 – 60 minutes.
The result is smooth
Results are noticeable in a few days and peak around one month after injection. The muscle relaxing properties last for three to four months.
Side effects of Botulin Toxin
Possible side effects are usually temporary and restricted to the area of injection. They include drooping of the eyelids, bruising, headache, face pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, bruising, skin tightness, muscle weakness, numbness or a feeling of pins and needles and nausea.
In rare cases, the toxin’s effects can also spread away from the injection site, causing more serious side effects including issues with swallowing, speaking, or breathing due to the weakening of associated muscles.
An abundance of non-surgical options for skin tightening is now available. Key to the success of your skin tightening treatment is the experience and qualifications of your dermal therapist and cosmetic nurse and their ability to recommend and implement the best treatment program for your skin.
Take the first step to tighter skin with a 30 minute complimentary skin consultation with the team at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. Discuss your skin concerns and desired results. The dermal therapist and cosmetic nurse will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan just for you and will determine the number of injections needed.
For more information on non-surgical skin tightening options and to arrange a consultation visit the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Malvern, complete a contact form or call us on 03 9508 9508.