All you need to know about injectables and filler technology in facial treatment
PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 August 2018
Dr. Martin Kinsella, of Re-Enhance Skin & Body Clinic in Hale, tells us about the latest developments in injectables and filler technology
I know that I am not alone in remembering the earlier days of injectable relaxants and fillers, when it was possible to spot a recently treated face from across a restaurant, then spend an entire lunchtime trying not to stare. These initial experiences have put off many women of a certain age, and the recent surge in blown up lips and strangely immobile foreheads in even very young women hasn’t helped. But should we really be afraid, or should we simply take the time to find someone who truly understands our concerns and treats every one of us with empathy and skill? Hmmm, well, when you put it like that…
Dr Martin Kinsella has been in practice in Hale for 20 years now and has built an almost obsessive following of men and women seeking out his delicate, precision skills. I asked him to summarise the whole concept of injectables for me, in an attempt to get past the myth and to the reality.
‘Muscle relaxants are simply a medication injected into the musculature of the face to relax certain muscles. The main benefit is improvement of movement lines, but they can soften static lines too if it’s an ongoing process. The upper half of the face is the most mobile – where all frown and laughter lines spring from. If it’s used well it’s absolutely the best anti-aging treatment there is, in my opinion. If you want to do just one thing to refresh your face, this is it.’
But…surely there’s a risk? All that muscle relaxing toxin?
‘It’s totally safe. There are toxins in many, many medications and it’s all about the doses used. This particular toxin, the botulinum toxin, has been used in medicine for decades, it’s not a new drug; if it was going to have any negative side-effects, we’d all know about it.’
So, the drug is safe, so where does the risk lie?
‘It’s all down to the expertise of your chosen clinician. They need to be able to assess the musculature of your face and know exactly how it will be affected by the chosen dose and location of the injection. Every face is different, obviously, so every patient must be treated differently – not just in accordance with their hopes and demands, but what can actually, and should actually, be undertaken.’
On to fillers, which we all know can be quite…eyecatching…when pushed to their max.
‘Fillers have come a long, long way since we first started using them,’ says Martin. ‘Traditionally they were used to re-plump the lips and nose to mouth lines. Then we learned how to use them well on cheekbones, jawlines, cheeks and chin. Now 90% of what I do here is facial contouring. We use fillers to maintain the youthful shape of the face and if you do it that way – ensuring you’re always true to the patient’s actual, natural face shape, it will never look unnatural.’
Technology moves on and now, at last, it seems like there’s a solution to the crepey neck that victimises every woman as she hits her middle years.
‘A recent, very effective, development is Profhilo,’ Martin says. ‘It’s a whole new technology, a completely different product and a new ethos using a very liquidised form of hyuralonic acid that is injected into multiple points of the dermis of the throat, which then disperses and thickens the skin of the whole area. We call it airbrushing: there’s no downside, and significant results. It can be used on hands, face, décolleté and other parts of the body too.’
Talking to Martin has helped me put decades-old concerns and misapprehensions to rest, and if I take just one thing away it’s that it’s wise to spend as much time as you need talking to your chosen clinician, ensuring that while skill and experience is right up there, empathy and understanding is at the forefront of every decision made. Oh…and to investigate Profhilo some more!
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