Wrinkles are lines or creases in the skin.
Collagen and Elastin are two key proteins needed to keep our skin firm, resilient and flexible and in young skin, they help to keep the skin smooth and taut. However, as we age, we produce less of these two proteins- from the age of 20, we produce 1% less collagen in the skin per year and by the age of 40, most people have already lost up to 20% of their collagen. Therefore, as we age, the skin becomes thinner, fragile and more likely to sag.
Whenever we move our faces to form expressions such as laughing, frowning, squinting or concentrating, our facial muscles contract. Over time, these repeated muscle contractions in combination with the loss of skin resilience and elasticity can cause the face to develop dynamic wrinkles.
External factors such as sun damage (particularly UVA rays), smoking, poor nutrition and stress can also affect the severity of wrinkles.
Wrinkles commonly form around the eyes, the forehead and the mouth but can also affect the neck and jawline.
What is Botox®?
Botox® (Botulinum Toxin) is a protein which works by blocking the chemical messengers that cause a muscle to contract, thus inactivating the targeted muscle. This reduces its pull on the skin, therefore reducing or softening the appearance of any wrinkles and creating a more youthful look.
Botox® also works prophylactically- by inactivating the muscle before it can start pulling on the skin, it prevents the formation of wrinkles.
Botox® is a prescription-only medication and should only be administered by a registered medical professional who is accountable for the prescription and able to safely deal with any side effects.
The treatment lasts between 3-4 months and only the injected muscles are affected, so they will recover completely once the treatment wears off naturally.
At The Sculpt Clinic, we aim to create a softer, natural look which allows us to achieve significant line improvement whilst maintaining normal facial expressions.
Where can it be used?
Botox® is commonly used to treat the upper face muscles, including frown and laughter lines.
Botox® can also be used relax the muscles in the lower face and neck, in a procedure known as the Nefertiti Neck Lift. This results in an upward movement of the skin to reduce sagging jowls, creating a more defined jawline and a youthful neck contour.
Botox® is also used effectively to stop excessive sweating by blocking the sweat glands. It is therefore an extremely useful treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and the effects tend to last much longer.
Muscle relaxing injections are effective for:
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide which naturally occurs in the body’s connective tissues, with more than 50% of it being found in the skin. It has an important role in cushioning and lubricating the skin and keeping it hydrated. In fact, one molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000x its weight in water.
As we age, our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid falls. Hydrated skin looks fuller, plumper, firmer and has a luminous glow, whereas dehydrated skin (which occurs as hyaluronic acid levels drop) can look dull, lacklustre and more slack. As our skin loses its suppleness, fine lines and wrinkles can become more apparent.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (synthesised in a laboratory and not from animal derivatives) and work by attracting and holding water. Injecting dermal fillers boosts the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid. They are commonly used to give a more youthful look to patients by softening and contouring lines, folds and wrinkles as well as replacing lost volume in the face which is associated with ageing.
The fillers we use are temporary and the effects will naturally and gradually wear off between 8-12 months after treatment.
At The Sculpt Clinic, we believe that a soft, natural restoration is the best outcome for our patients and the aim is for you to leave the clinic feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and not artificially “puffed up”.
Dermal Fillers are effective for:
Facial Volume Loss
Smokers Line Around The Lips
Thin Or Dry Lips
Aging And Dry Hands
What is platelet rich plasma therapy?
Our blood is made up of numerous components including white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Platelets are a rich and natural source of growth factors and it is these growth factors that are involved in wound healing, regenerative processes and the stimulation of new collagen and elastin formation.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, also known as Dracula therapy, is a revolutionary treatment which harnesses your own healing factors to create an improvement in the skin or hair follicles. By stimulating tissue regeneration and increasing collagen production, PRP can help to restore a healthy glow to your younger looking skin, smooth lines and wrinkles, help with the healing of scars and stretch marks and also with male and female pattern hair loss.
How does it work?
Approximately 10mls of blood is taken from a vein in your arm and placed into a centrifuge- this separates the blood and plasma components. All the bloods rich growth and healing factors are activated and then re-injected back into your skin. The result is acceleration of the skins natural healing process and enhanced collagen attraction and formation to the injected sites.
When will I see results?
After your first treatment, you will notice results immediately- your skin will have a fresh glow. This will continue to improve over the coming weeks as your collagen production continues to rise.
Most conditions need 3 treatments to see the best results, spaced at 4-6 weeks apart. Following consultation, a unique and tailored treatment plan will be created for optimal results.
PRP is effective for: