Although both dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections have been around for many years I still get asked this question regularly. They are very different treatments Why the confusing names? In Australia these injectable treatments are all categorised as S4 drugs. This means that they are on a doctor’s prescription only and cannot by law be advertised to the public. I
You may have seen the story featured on Channel Seven’s Sunrise Program this morning about the risks of Cosmetic Procedures. Dr Christopher Leat Medical Director of Envisage Skin Clinic responds to the story: “This is a well-balanced look at the industry. Of course we don’t actually know how many procedures are performed in Australia as there is no mandatory reporting.
There are two main techniques for placing dermal fillers – needles and cannulas. In this issue I want to try to talk about the differences between them and their relative pros and cons, and also explain why we may be using one method over another. WHAT IS A NEEDLE AND WHAT IS A CANNULA A needle has a sharp bevelled
ASIANS AGE BETTER THAN CAUCASIANS Asian races tend to age better than Caucasian races for a few reasons. Firstly their skin is darker and therefore is better protected from sun damage. Secondly they have thicker skin, and lastly they have a wider face shape. This increases their facial volume and means that they suffer less from the facial shape changes
WHAT IS MELASMA Melasma is a pigment problem on the face. It causes patches of dark pigmentation often on the forehead, nose, cheeks and top lip. These patches often look like a blotchy uneven coffee or tea coloured stain and may vary from very pale to quite dark. Melasma almost universally only affects females. Melasma is more common in darker
Does your cheek appear to blend into your neck without a jawline to define it? Do you hate the double chin or the pouch of fat under your neck? Do you dislike the way you look from the side or always take a selfie from above your head whilst you are looking up to get a good angle? If any
One of the major areas of volume loss in the face as we age is the lateral cheek – the part at the angle of the jaw and just in front of the ear. We sometimes lose a lot of volume here – from the fat in the cheek and also from the jawbone. This volume loss actually causes a
Doctors have patients, not clients. Other businesses and professionals have clients. But what’s in a name? And does it really matter? Well, I think it does, now maybe more than ever. When I started in cosmetic medicine, back in 1995 or so, I always thought of those that I treated as “patients”. Then drug and laser company representatives came in
Dermal fillers can be used to treat a lot of problems, and nowadays it is fashionable to use them largely for shape and volume in areas like the cheeks. But they can also be used to treat individual fine lines. Cosmetic Practitioners call this “chasing the line”, because we follow along the line treating it in a series of tiny
The DAO stands for Depressor Anguli Oris – it’s Latin for “Pulls Down The Corner of The Mouth” and it is a small muscle that does exactly what its name suggests. The DAO is important because it contributes to a downturned mouth shape and the “marionette folds” – the grooves that appear below the corner of the mouth with age.