Or more specifically about volume loss. Cosmetic medicine has fortunately moved on from simply dealing with lines and wrinkles. There is now a much deeper understanding of the way the face naturally ages and how volume loss plays such an important part in this process.
This volume loss is mostly from fat but bone resorption occurs as well. A great deal of research has gone into this area and we now know the natural progression and order in which this volume loss occurs in different parts of the face. So interest now turns to ways to replace this lost volume and rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the face.
At the recent conference in Monaco of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors I was asked to give a presentation and demonstration of the latest technique with Restylane Sub-Q. This is one very good way of dealing with lost volume especially in the lower two thirds of the face. It can be used to plump up the cheeks and return the upward looking triangular shape to the face. This is an area in which the patient often is unaware of the loss and unaware of the gradually changing shape. So it is beholden on a good Doctor to gently advise the patient of the availability of this treatment and the subtle ways it can enhance the features.
Sub-Q is one of the Restylane range of products and is as such a hyaluronic acid. These fillers have been used very extensively in the past and still today are the first line for treating lower facial lines such as the nasolabial folds. This very natural product is very easily inserted with a small needle directly into the required area. This product is instrumental in the now famous Y-Lift procedure increasingly popular in the states.
Inserted under local anaesthesia with simple creams Sub-Q can give an instantaneous improvement in facial outline. It has also been shown to improve the texture and tone of the overlying skin over a period of time. It is reasonably long lasting and very good value for money which is an important consideration in these difficult times.
A recent US broadcast showed a lady undergoing Sub-Q injections in order to enhance her chances of getting a new job in these ageist times. Whilst I would be unable to guarantee you success at the next job interview I can assure you that the increased confidence this treatment can give you will make you a much more attractive proposition to any future employer.
So we don’t just deal with lines and wrinkles any more. We can look at the progressive effects of the ageing process and dial them back gently but significantly. To paraphrase a famous Mancunian Singer we are most certainly able to help you with …
‘Holding back the years..’