Face facts

On October 14, 2015 By Andrew Hogg In Uncategorized

When considering facial rejuvenation, one of the key aspects of creating a more natural look is understanding the architecture of the face. Restoring volume without any consideration of the surrounding structures is likely to give an unusual appearance. During my recent visit to the CCR expo the recurring theme was all about understanding facial structure and assessing the face as a whole. For any conscientious practitioner, well meaning requests to address just one aspect of the face can sometimes be hard to satisfy as it takes the problem out of context with respect to its surrounding structures. It can be difficult for clients to accept that by addressing other aspects of their appearance they may actually have their concerns dealt with as well as getting a better outcome overall.

Naso-labial fold treatment

Naso-labial fold treatment

The classic example is the naso-labial fold area either side of the nose. Historically we used to just insert a liberal amount of dermal filler which softened the line but typically left the recipient with a flattened area (or worse, a puffy look) where anatomically there was a curve.  As techniques have developed we have recognised that these lines are often exacerbated due to depression of the malar fat pad around the cheek area. Adding dermal filler to the cheek may actually reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds and minimise the need for treatment in that area. The same can be said for marionette lines either side of the mouth- treating the chin and the angle of the jaw can actually reduce the need for filler in the original area of concern. Combination treatments with Botox can often improve and prolong the final outcome.
If you are looking for a practitioner, make sure that they are registered with an accountable body such as the GMC. In an unregulated sector it may be that you end up with someone who is more interested in your wallet than your appearance.

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