Our faces age in 2 ways. We age naturally as we get older with loss of volume affecting bone, fat, collagen and muscle. Gravity plays a part also and our tissues move “south”. This type of natural ageing is hereditary to some extent and so we can thank our ancestors if we age well. The commonest cause of ageing comes from external factors such as smoking, alcohol and in particular UV light. It doesn’t matter whether the UV light is natural from the sun or from a sunbed.
There is no such thing as a safe sun tan unless it is artificial. Our biggest beauty tip at Hardwick Clinic is wear a factor 30 plus sun block (preferably water resistant) and reapply it every 2-3 hours and … wear it winter and summer. Add a hat with a wide brim and some large sunglasses. We see young women in their 20s in our clinic who have the skin of a 35 year old. We have also diagnosed malignant skin tumours in some.
Treatments for the upper face: Wrinkles, frown lines, fallen eyebrows, wasting of the temples, crows feet and the area between the eyebrows (known as the Glabella) can all be treated with a choice of Botulinum Toxin (Botox/Azzalure/Dysport) or Dermal Fillers or, very often, with a combination of both. Using these methods we can lift the eyebrows and reduce the heaviness of the eyelids giving a less tired, more alert appearance. Volume loss, particularly at the temples can be replaced by fillers as can the volume loss beneath the eyes (eye troughs). The skin surface can be refined using Skin Boosting/Hydration Injections and Dermaroller.
Treatments for the middle face: One of the commonest causes of ageing is thinning or loss of volume of the middle face along with a downwards movement of the tissues. Dermal Fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane or Teosyal products can enhance the cheek bones giving an instant lift without the need for surgery. Similarly nose to mouth (nasolabial) lines can be lifted from above or filled. The overall hydration can be replenished using Skin Boosters such as Vital or Mesotherapy. Dermaroller is also fabulous for overall skin appearance. Lines radiating out from the nose known as “bunny lines” are treated with Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport, Bocouture, Azzalure).
Treatments for the lower face: Lips can be enhanced with fillers to give a more defined outline or increased volume. Smokers lines can be treated with fine fillers with or without Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport, Bocouture, Azzalure). The lines between the mouth and the chin (the marionette lines) can also be filled. A large proportion of people grind their teeth which can lead to more pronounced chewing muscles giving a hamster effect. This can also happen naturally in people of Asian and other Oriental races. It is possible to reduce the size of these muscles using Botulinum Toxin. Volume loss giving the appearance of jowls can be replaced by fillers. The overall hydration can be replenished using skin boosters such as Vital and the overall skin appearance with dermaroller.
Small bands of tissue between the skin of the neck and the underlying muscle are often referred to as platysmal bands. These can lead to the appearance of “turkey neck”. It is possible to improve the appearance of the bands by injecting small amounts of Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Azzalure) along them. The neck skin can also be improved by skin boosters such as Vital light, Mesotherapy or Dermaroller.
More information can be found in our blog post Saggy Necks and Jaws : The Nefertiti lift.
Ever wanted a neck like Queen Nefertiti?
Hardwick Clinic is pleased to introduce the Nefertiti neck lift. For further info see blog or phone the clinic on 01954 211009 or 078 25215531.
Some people are unlucky enough to suffer from excessive sweating, most commonly in the underarm area or sometimes on the face. It is possible to inject the sweaty areas with multiple small injection of botox which will dramatically reduce or stop the sweating for several months or longer.
Small doses of botox are injected into the skin blocking the actions of the nerve endings that supply the sweat glands thus preventing the production of sweat. Botulinum Toxin can be used to stop sweating on the forehead, upper lip, underarms, palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Results usually last 4-9 months.
Botulin (Botox®, Bocouture®, Xeomin®, Dysport®) treatment
What is Botox®?
Botox® is purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum Bacterium that reduces the activity of muscles. It first became available for medical use in 1980’s and has been widely used in cosmetic medicine since 1990’s.
How botulin protein treatment prevents and improves the appearance of wrinkles?
It works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to appearance of wrinkles. It is injected directly into the wrinkle area temporarily relaxing the facial muscles. It especially good for improving and preventing lines in the upper part of the face, such as vertical lines between the eyebrows, creases in the forehead and crow's feet at the sides of the eyes. Botuline protein is also used to improve the position of the eyebrows and the position of the corners of the mouth (the 'marionette' lines). Repeated Botulin protein treatments reduce the development of new lines and wrinkles as the muscle become more relaxed
Typical areas for treatment with Botox injections
What should I expect when I have my treatment?
At your initial consultation, prior to your treatment, you will meet your doctor who will answer any questions and assess your suitability for Botulin protein treatment. Your doctor will discuss the results, which you can expect from the treatments. If you decide that Botulin treatment is suitable for you, you will then arrange a treatment consultation. The treatment usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. Because a very small needle is used, most patients find the injections not painful and may only experience a mild and temporary discomfort. A follow-up consultation, usually 2-3 weeks after the treatment, will be arranged at the end of the treatment.
Before and after photos
How long does it take to work?
The results are not immediate. Botulin protein takes approximately 5-10 days to start acting on the muscle and the full effect is achieved by 14 days after treatment.
How often should I have a line and wrinkle treatment?
To ensure the best long-term results the initial treatments should be approximately 12-16 weeks apart. The intervals will eventually become longer as your muscles learn to be more relaxed.
What are the long-term effects of Botulin protein treatments?
Botulin protein treatment is approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency. It has been used on over 1 million patients for almost 20 years and is now supported by long-term safety data.
What do I need to do after Botulin protein treatment?
There is usually no downtime after the treatment. However, it is advised that you should avoid exercise and hot baths for 2 hours following the treatment and massaging or rubbing the area for following 24hours.
When is Botulin protein contraindicated?
Botulin Toxin injections are contraindicated in the following conditions:
What are the side effects of Botulin protein treatment?
Usually, any side effects are rare. It is considered to be one of the safest cosmetic procedures available. However, you may experience mild pain, irritation of the injection site, headache and twitching on the muscles around injection site in the first couple of days post injection as the muscles starting to relax. In rare cases some tenderness, mild redness, swelling or bruising may occur, but these are only short-term effects. Uncommonly, you may notice an eyelid drop, however this side effect will resolve as the effects of the Botulin protein start to weaken. In very rare cases Botulin treatment may not work.
How much does it cost?
The price ranges depending on the areas of the face that require treatment and the geographical location of the clinic. We generally advise to discuss the cost of your treatment during the initial consultation with your doctor. We also offer a range of discounts.
The skin is made up of layers. The (usually) thin outer layer is called the epidermis. Beneath the epidermis lies the dermis which is up to 20 times thicker than the epidermis. It is into the dermis, at varying levels, that dermal fillers are injected. They may also be injected at a much deeper level (even down to bone) during a Soft Tissue Face Lift. The sub-cutaneous skin layer lies beneath the dermis. See diagram below.
Dermal fillers are used to plump out or soften facial lines and wrinkles. They may also be used to replace lost volume, define facial contours and to create fuller lips. Dermal fillers are now at the forefront of anti-ageing procedures and in many cases have taken over from surgery in improving facial definition. We do not use permanent fillers as these can cause long term problems. Our fillers however do stimulate the skin to produce its own collagen giving the appearance of “growing younger”.
Hardwick Clinic uses a variety of different fillers for different applications. We use hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural filler in the body. It has been used in other branches of medicine for quite some time. Examples of hyaluronic acid fillers include the Restylane products by the Swedish company Qmed or the Teosyal products from the Swiss company Teoxane. We also use Radiesse, a filler made from calcium hydroxyapatite by Merz Pharmaceuticals.
For further information on these fillers visit:
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We are very pleased to be able to offer a wonderful non- surgical facelift which we have developed ourselves. With this we can disguise eye bags, add volume to cheeks and put back the volume lost as one gets older. We can make lips more luscious (without the trout pout!) and open eyes. Jowls may disappear. It takes between one and two hours to do and is long-lasting. The face lift starts at £650 and many of our clients say that it has saved them having a surgical procedure.
H is one of the few clinics to offer total liquid face lifts. We insert small tubes called cannulas under the skin through which we introduce a variety of fillers to replace loss of volume in all the areas which require treatment. This is a painless process as we use local anaesthetic in the areas where we insert the cannulas. There is very little bruising.
For more information on cannulas and the treatment please visit Restylane.
Dermal Roller treatment or Medical Skin Needling
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Dermal Roller uses micro-needles to part the pores on the top layer of the skin and increases its ability to soak up the nutrients of skin preparatopms.
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This effects usually subside within 48hr
Here at Hardwick Clinic “Complexion Perfection” is extremely important to us. We believe that if we are to rejuvenate the face or décolleté we should not neglect the appearance of the skin.
Sometimes we can suffer from skin which either gives our age away, reflects our way of life or perhaps indicates a chronic illness. It seems at times that no amount of filler or botox improves the skin’s general appearance. At Hardwick Clinic we like to give you a younger complexion. This can be done by any combination of the following:
The main signs of sun damage are skin thinning, hyperpigmentation (age spots) and wrinkling on exposed areas of skin most commonly the face, neck/décolletage, hands, arms and legs. IPL and skin peels are often used in these cases along with Skin Boosting/Hydration Injections (Vital) on certain areas. We also on occasions recommend Retinoid containing products and other Medical Skincare/Cosmetics.
What is chemical peel?
It’s a treatment used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin - Wide range of products allows to deliver tailor made treatment
What does it do?
Application of chemical solutions to the skin surface causes dead skin to slough off, leaving regenerated skin much smoother, brighter and youthful.
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