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The truth about Injectables

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

I want to have injectables, but I don't want to look different.


There is a common misconception that the moment you have cosmetic injectables, you will end up with a puffy, frozen face and no one will recognise you. It is simply not true!

It can be as simple as...

You just want your frown lines gone.

You just want your jawline to appear more defined.

You just want your lips to look hydrated.

You just want your brows to sit a little bit higher.

Injectables can help you achieve this!

But you don't want your face to change.

Neither do we!

We are all about the subtle tweak.

Here's how it works:

There are two main types of products used in injectables treatments. One is anti-wrinkle (which does exactly that - it erases wrinkles), and the other is filler (which creates fullness). There are many brands of each product, and each product will be individually selected for you and your needs.

Anti-wrinkle (clostridium botulinum toxin - a purified protein) works by relaxing the muscle so that the skin has a softer appearance - it does not change your face shape or make you look like someone else. Usually, anti-wrinkle is used for getting rid of lines in the face that have become apparent overtime by frequent movement of the muscle. An example of this is someone who works out in the sun and now feels like they have a permanent frown line from squinting all day.

a small dose of anti-wrinkle to soften the frown lines

Anti-wrinkle can also be used to lift areas by strategically relaxing certain muscles, and allowing other muscles to compensate. An example of this would be either a brow lift (creating a higher arch) or a lip flip (a slight lip inversion to make the top lip appear slightly higher). Anti-wrinkle injections are the most subtle yet effective way to look younger, faster.

a small amount of anti-wrinkle used for a 'lip flip' to soften the pout

While loss of hydration and elasticity is what causes the appearance of ageing in the first place, filler works to hydrate and 'fill out' the skin for a youthful look. Filler is a form of hyaluronic acid - a naturally-occurring substance that is found in your body already. It is hydrophilic, which means it binds water to hydrate and plump the skin. There are thick fillers that are used to sculpt the face, and soft fillers (such as skin boosters and bio-remodellers) which are used for general skin rejuvenation.

a tiny amount of filler has been added to the left (patient's right) side of the lip only

to allow for comparison

*some swelling is also present*

Sometimes filler can have a flow-on affect to other areas, for example: cheek filler can be used to lift the cheeks which results in lifting the corners of the mouth and creating less prominent nasolabial folds (smile lines).

cheek filler to lift the corners of the mouth and soften nasolabial folds and pre-jowls

*some swelling is present*

Overall, it is important to remember that our nurses still want you to look like yourself! But if you would like a little 'refreshment', we recommend booking a complimentary consultation with our nurse to discuss some options that feel right for you.

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