- 09 Aug, 2013
- Anti Aging Treatments
Fifteen years ago, doctors started performing these procedures using Collagen. However, Collagen is derived from cows which makes pre-testing for allergies mandatory.
Furthermore, mad cows' disease is still a threat, Collagen use has been losing ground to non-animal derived substances such as Hyaluronic acid. These acids need no previous testing for allergy and do last for six months, twice as long as Collagen.
Restylane and Perlane are made from Hyaluronic Acid which occurs naturally in the body. It is a completely safe and non-surgical way to add volume to the lips and reduce lines and wrinkes in the corner of the mouth, across the top lip, and in the nose to mouth line.
Perlane is a long-lasting gel, once injected into the skin with an ultra-fine needle, will lift and add volume to the areas being treated. (Restylane and Perlane are essentially the same product. Perlane is simply a larger molecule). Similar to one of the body's own natural substances (hyaluronic acid), it is a completely safe treatment. The hyaluronic acid in Perlane simply supplement the body's age-depleted hyaluronic acid to plump-up the lip or to raise the skin and "fill in" the particular wrinkle being treated.The effect of Perlane treatment will vary from individual to individual. It very much depends on factors such as: person's age and lifestyle, structure of the skin, and degree of perfection required. Most patients, however, choose to have further treatment within a year, since, the hyaluronic acid in both products being a natural substance, dissolves over time. Being larger in size, Perlane takes longer to dissipate than Resylane.
Restylane consists of Non-Animal, Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, but after the age of twenty-five the body slows down production causing facial lines, folds and wrinkles. Restylane replenishes the skin's hyaluronic acid, enhancing lips and smoothing out lines and wrinkles, thus, helping to erase the signs of aging. The treatment takes approximately fifteen minutes, results are immediate and the effects can last up to one year.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and is present in all living organisms, it means that once in the skin, it works together with the body's own hyaluronic acid and joins forces to create volume. Furthermore, because Restylane is natural, no pre-testing is required and it can be administered without fear of transmitting diseases from animals.
How it is done?
All injections are administered by certified consultants and a consultation is first required to establish the patient's needs. Restylane is injected under the skin with a very thin needle (the width of a human hair). The injections may prick a little but normally no anaesthesia is needed for wrinkles and folds. For patients who have sensitive skin, an anaesthesia cream or dental block is normally applied 45 minutes prior to the treatment.
What to expect after the procedure?
At EMC, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Bruising and swelling can last twenty four hours. There will be no change in sensation and no long-term side effects. Local anesthetic creams are not enough to block the pain of the sensitive lips, but, special nerve blocks with a fine needle are more effective but require special skills. There is no pain after the procedure but the lips are severely swollen for the following 12-24 hours. When healed, your lips or your skin over the fold will be soft to touch and will feel normal.
How much does it Cost?
The cost depends on the number of syringes needed for each treatment.