It’s no longer about filling in or paralysing wrinkles. By combining products, you can now retouch the face and anticipate the signs of age.
Cosmetic anti-ageing creams, no matter how expensive, do not go beyond the epidermis. Some not even that, and they remain on the hydrolipidic mantle creating a kind of protective layer (this is what happens with silicones and other thick molecules that do not penetrate).
Hopefully, if the active ingredients are well applied, some will remotely penetrate the dermis. A cross-section of the skin shows that the epidermis only makes up a very small part of the skin. The lion’s share is taken up by the lower layer: the dermis. And it is only accessed by injecting the product into the epicentre of almost all skin metabolism.
It is there that we find vascularization and bundles of collagen, elastin fibres and hyaluronic acid itself. These three substances are responsible for maintaining hydration, turgor, firmness and elasticity of the skin. Everything that we stimulate in this intermediate layer of the skin will improve the quality of the skin much more than stimulating only the superficial epidermal layer. This is the main reason anti wrinkle injections are so popular today.
But it’s not about going overboard. Each face ages differently, losing volume, developing wrinkles or losing smoothness. An irreversible process conditioned by genetics, our gestures, and other external conditions (sun, tobacco, food, etc.).
There is, therefore, no standard application mode for all faces. Now, more than ever, injectables can be used to ‘redraw’ features. Even to anticipate the first symptoms of ageing.
The new injectables are increasingly durable and very versatile in terms of texture and results, which makes it possible. They also require greater aesthetic judgement and dexterity to combine products and dosages just where they are needed.
What Can You Expect?
The goal is to create a good-looking appearance, not to put the features of a young girl on the face of a 60-year-old woman! Injectables help us stay one step ahead of the ageing process.
You no longer go to the clinic just for the doctor to apply only Botox. Or just hyaluronic acid. Good practitioners can combine Botox in the same session to soften dynamic wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and crow’s feet; and alternate different hyaluronic solutions to hydrate, smooth wrinkles or replace lost volume. Because mild hyaluronic acid can improve the appearance of the skin.
There are also collagen inducers to replace volume. They provide a longer duration than hyaluronic acid and treat the lack of volume and flaccidity. Depending on the needs of the patient and the desired effect, practitioners can work with calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), polycaprolactone (Ellansé), polylactic acid (Sculptra) or tricalcium beta phosphate (Atleán).
Choose with caution the clinic or doctor who applies these anti-wrinkle treatments. And before submitting to the needle, ask what they are going to use, where and for what.
It is important to remember that, before being patients, we are healthy clients with the right to be informed and to choose the protocol or provider that gives us the most confidence.
The doctor, clinic, or practitioner must answer all your questions honestly, including showing the labels. All injectables supplied to authorised clinics should be accepted by European approval bodies.