Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural element of our body and fulfils important functions such as maintaining moisture, firmness and elasticity in the skin. Environmental factors such as excessive and intensive sun exposure, and the natural ageing process contribute to the depletion in the body’s own level of hyaluronic acid. The skin becomes drier, thinner, and loses suppleness and elasticity. Lines and wrinkles appear, volume decreases and changes the overall harmony of the face. HA can also have an impact on your own body’s production of collagen and elastin which is an integral part of keeping skin firm.
At Elixir Cosmetics every client seeking injectable treatments is given an in-depth consultation that examines not only their motivation and expectations but also clearly communicates the investment they will make in achieving their goals. Each treatment is delivered by Dr Qureshi to achieve the optimum, natural looking aesthetic results who places a particular emphasis on natural looking results.
With any type of treatment there is a small risk however Elixir cosmeticsalways strives to provide a safe and sterile environment. We are regulated by CQC ; a regulatory body within the health and beauty industry. A small amount of bruising and redness may appear after treatment, but this is normal and should subside in the following days. It is important that the aftercare advice given by Doctor Qureshi is followed to ensure correct healing. Treatment is not recommended if pregnant.
The treatment involves a series of small injections of filler to the required area. The treatment should take between 10 and 20 minutes( Less than a lunch break) depending on the area treated with minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can also be used prior to treatment. Because they degrade slowly over time, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. You are always in control of your looks.
The recovery time is usually 2-3 days post procedure thereafter if the aftercare advice is followed you should be able to enjoy your new rejuvenated look. It is highly advised not to smoke after treatment as it causes skin to constrict therefore it may cause tightness and affect the duration of treatment.
Excessive heat may cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause bleeding and bruising; so avoid saunas, hot showers, the hot sun or cooking over a hot stove. Equally, strenuous exercise should be avoided for 48 hours as it can raise your blood pressure and cause bruising/swelling.
It is always advisable to avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, but this is especially important after having fillers. Avoid the sun as much as possible and wear high SPF sun block to protect the skin.
You may apply make-up straight after the procedure and any redness at the injection sites can normally be disguised with concealer and powder. Don’t forget a sun block beneath any foundation.
Patients should avoid aspirin, Vitamin E, Ginger, Ginko, Bilboa, Ginseng and Garlic for 2 weeks after the procedure since this may increase the risk of bruising.
Alcohol can cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising, so refrain from drinking alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
The treatment usually lasts between 6-8 months but is dependent on the individual. Generally most clients love their results and want to have a course of treatments to maintain their new look. Dr Qureshi will advise on the course of treatments best suited to the look you want to achieve.
The Juvéderm® range is developed and manufactured by allergan, a multi-national company who also own the Botox® brand.
Launched in January 2010, based on the Juvéderm® ULTRA 3 product, Ultra Smile was designed specifically for use in the lips.
Juvéderm and Princess are crystal-clear gel forms of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid holds water, hydrating and giving volume to the skin. As we get older the production of our natural hyaluronic acid diminishes. A simple injection of Juvéderm or Princess replenishes the lost volume and improves your looks by enhancing your facial profile, creating fuller lips, and smoothing out lines and wrinkles.
In less time than a lunch break, you can have a Juvéderm/Princess treatment and then get on with your usual life. There’s no need for any pre-testing and you’ll see the result instantly. The effect will typically last 6 months to over a year depending on area. The length of time Juvéderm or Princess last is specific to each individual and the area treated.
A facial fillers which is used for subtle correction of medium facial lines and skin depressions, adding volume for a smoother and fresher appearance of the skin. Can also be used to enhance lip contours.
This product offers can be used where a little more volume is needed for example, to smooth out deeper facial lines and creases such as the nose to mouth folds. It can also be used to add volume to skin depressions or to contour the face. Can also be used to enhance lip contours and volume.
A deeper filler, Juvéderm® 4 is chosen for adding larger areas or depth of volume, such as deeper folds and wrinkles. It can also be used for contouring the cheeks or chin by adding additional volume.
VOLUMA is the newest of the Juvéderm® family and its advantages have had a major impact on the way we approach treatment. The revolutionary injectable product is intended to restore the volume that can be lost with age, shaping and contouring the face for a more youthful look by adding volume and fullness. It provides maximum lift with minimum volume of product and its flexibility means that any area of the face can be treated.
Princess® HA Filller is a high-quality hyaluronic acid filler. Treatment is surprisingly simple and results are convincing – a natural, youthful and radiant appearance.As a basis to SMART, it only uses non-animal HA of biofermentative origin. Through a specific manipulation, the HA chains are carefully aligned to each other, in order to optimize the reticulation. The gel is cross-linked using BDDE. This step consists in linking the HA chains together by bridges for a higher resistance and therefore a longer duration.
The gel is then homogenized to make it perfectly smooth. This enables us to produce a gel with a regular injection force for more control throughout the injection and more comfort for the patient.
Following a unique purification process BDDE residuals that didn’t react during the cross-linking process and all other undesired compounds such as proteins and endotoxins are cleaned out to achieve the highest purity and safety. The SMART process is completed by the removal of the oxygen from the gel to enhance its stability once it is filled into the syringe. Result: safe, efficient and long-lasting products.
Princess® HA Fillers are designed to fill and even out wrinkles, create or restore volume and rejuvenating overall appearance including: the correction of fine to deep wrinkles, sensual and full lips, modelling of facial contours, rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, increase in the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Princess® Filler for the correction of moderately severe wrinkles in the face and to fill the lips; the product is injected into the middle to deep skin layer.
Princess® Volume for the correction of deep to very deep wrinkles and for building facial volume; the product is injected into the deep skin layer.