Know the arguments about ageing gracefully, yes! But if you’ve ever wondered whether cosmetic treatments might be for you, take a look at this handy run-through.
Something for everyone
If you’re thinking of getting yourself a little something special this Christmas, how about a gift that sends a few years packing? We’re not talking about major cosmetic surgery here – for a small-ish investment (under $500), the latest ‘injectable correctable’ tweaks and techniques can help you look as though you’ve just returned from a month at the spa – refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to rock the festive season.
Muscle-relaxant treatments like Botox, fillers and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) lasers have come a long way. Today, the emphasis is on gently plumping the features and softening fine lines. Small corrections are often enough to give you a refreshing lift, plus they’re discreet, so people will think you look great but not know why. The minimal approach also keeps costs down. Read on to start your research and remember, the key is to put yourself in skilled hands, so only go to a clinic recommended by a reliable source.
Do your research!
Word of mouth is the best way to find a good practitioner or clinic. Ask what treatments they do and how they treat their clients. The more information
you gather, the easier it will be to make a decision. Take note that a clinic or surgery turning over clients every 15 minutes isn’t giving enough time for
a truly personalised treatment.
Meet and greet, because ideally you’ll be offered a free consultation to discuss your individual concerns. Use the time to say what you like about your face, what you don’t like, and let them observe your expressions, check for symmetry and give suggestions. And always discuss costs before booking in.
Raising the eyebrows just a tad gives a wide-eyed youthful look and can also be used to balance uneven brows. When used to pick up the outer corners, you’ll appear less tired and have brighter-looking eyes.
Muscles contract each time you frown, smile or laugh, over time causing dynamic wrinkles such as worry lines, nasal scrunches and crow’s feet. When Botox is injected into specific muscles it causes them to relax, thereby softening facial expression lines. You’ll look more youthful and refreshed for three months.
Your face changes over time. A cosmetic injector can use a dermal filler to replace lost youthful volume and rebuild support for the skin’s structure. Fillers can also be used to correct uneven features such as lips, nose, cheeks and chin. You can expect to see around five to seven years disappear, and results can be long-lasting.
The Exilis skin tightening treatment, also known as the Hollywood lunchtime pick-me-up, has great results with no downtime. It is a safe, fast and innovative treatment that targets unwanted fat deposits, leaving your skin instantly tighter and brighter.
You can look more relaxed by smoothing away or reducing worry lines on your forehead.
Botox around the eyes lets you smile for photos to your heart’s content, without etching lines.
Say goodbye to lipstick bleeding by having your lip line restored. You may prefer to have lost volume replaced to give you back the lips of your youth. The result can be luscious and natural-looking lips.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) laser is a non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime. It can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns such as broken capillaries, rosacea, pigmentation, sun damage and age spots. Treatment areas include the face, neck, hands and décolletage.