Laughing eyes or pouting pout, shy or generous smile, fleshy mouth or more discreet, high cheekbones, small face or broader features, our face is what defines us.
It is the mirror of our emotions; it lives and evolves with time. While cosmetic surgery profoundly changes this field of multiple expressions, aesthetic facial medicine embellishes, corrects, illuminates.
With innovative and non-invasive care protocols, absorbable and safe products, it fights and subtly prevents the signs of aging. In a word, aesthetic treatment rejuvenates without the constraints of surgery!
TYPES OF AESTHETIC TREATMENT PROCEDURES
The botulinum toxin is an essential anti-aging medication used to stop and fight the signs of aging. Botox injections aim at erasing or reducing the expression lines located most often at the level of the upper face, such
- the lion wrinkles, which can give a scary look
- crow’s feet wrinkles which appear around the contour of the eye
- forehead horizontal wrinkles
What is the action of Botox?
Botox relaxes muscles by acting on nerve endings. It blocks the neuromediators responsible for the contraction of the muscles which can reduce the wrinkles of the zone, and to slow down their appearance.
What to expect?
Studies reveal that moving the muscles where used Botox improves its diffusion and therefore maximizes its effects against wrinkles. Pain, little redness or slight edema may occur at the injection site. Applying Anestop you can get rid of it.
How often can I do my Botox sessions?
From the 4th month, the muscular contractions resume slowly. You can do a new Botox injection session. It is necessary to respect a minimum period of 3 months between each session.
What are the contraindications to treatment with Botox?
- Recent intake of aspirin or anticoagulants,
- Treatment with antibiotics (aminoglycosides),
- Skin disease,
- Muscle weakness at injection sites,
- Eaton-Lambert Syndrome.
Injections of hyaluronic acid
With collagen, hyaluronic acid is essential to maintain the structure of the layers of the skin. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It is a molecule naturally present in the dermis but tends to decrease with time. Once it drops, the skin loses its tone, dries out and becomes more fragile, and wrinkles appear.
What indications for treatment?
Hyaluronic acid will correct and act as filler on all the components of skin aging:
- wrinkles and fine lines
- less firm skin
- the loss of volumes
Thanks to its moisturizing and volumizing properties; this is called the “crosslinking” of the product.
What are the areas treated with hyaluronic acid?
The hyaluronic acid treats the entire face, but it is used mostly for the lower face. Areas treated to correct wrinkles or lack of volume are as follows:
- the lips and the periorbuccal region (wrinkles and fine lines around the edges, folds of bitterness, labio-mentioned sulcus)
- the nasolabial folds
- the cheekbones lacking volume
- the oval of the face
- hollow circles
- the nose, or “medical rhinoplasty” to remedy a slight asymmetry or a disgraceful bump, without going through surgery.
- Injections of hyaluronic acid, because this molecule is very moisturizing, are also used in other treatments such as:
- Skin Boosting to moisturize durably and especially deep the skin, without volumizing effect.
- Mesotherapy, an antioxidant cocktail of vitamins and minerals that restores radiance to the skin.
What happens during a session?
The injection uses a fine needle on the area to be treated. The practitioner varies the depth of injection and quantity of product to achieve the effect desired by the patient. The duration of a session of hyaluronic acid injections depends on the area treated.
Are injections of hyaluronic acid painful?
Injections are mostly painless with the application of Anestop.
The peeling unifying and exfoliating treatment
The Egyptians used goat’s milk curd to benefit from the properties of lactic acid and, to rejuvenate their skin, tartaric acid extracted from old wines. In 1882, the modern peeling was born thanks to a German dermatologist, Paul Gerson UNNA, through his experiences with salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Contrary to popular belief, the peel does not weaken the skin; it allows to density.
Fruit acid peel
Peeling superficial layers of the skin: Peeling fruit acids is a technique of aesthetic medicine that cleans the skin and gives it a boost for a “good-looking” effect.
The AHAs (or fruit acids) affect cell renewal:
Depending on the fruit acids used (which are expected to be non-allergenic molecules), the peel aims to:
- standardize and brighten the complexion,
- to fade wrinkles
- to fade pigmentation
- treat acne
- to reduce the tasks of pregnancy (melasma)
How Does a Peeling Session Work?
There is no prior preparation, fruit acid peeling is a gentle and fast technique, and without desocialization.
The skin is cleaned with special dry foam, and then the peel is applied with a brush. Depending on the treatment chosen, it can then be neutralized or not with a suitable solution. Immediately after your peeling session, the skin can slightly appear pink, and you can notice a slight peeling. A healing post-intervention cream is then administered, and sun protection is essential for at least a week after treatment.
AHA peeling: frequency of intervention?
The diagnosis is usually made at first consultation according to the needs of a patient’s skin. For example, to get a “kick start” effect before an outing or an appointment, a single session of peeling fruit acids can be useful. When you need a background treatment, three sessions spaced 15 days apart are recommended. It is possible to peel all year, avoiding the summer period.
What are the contraindications?
- Recent solar exposure or UV
- Taking photosensitizing medications (vitamin A acid, benzoyl peroxide, beta-carotene, etc)
- Any irritating skin care
The TCA peel and its actions
The TCA is a superficial peel with layers of the skin whose mode of action differs from peeling with fruit acids. Its active ingredient, TCA or trichloroacetic acid, causes photo-coagulation of skin proteins. It is the TCA concentration of the peel, and the number of layers applied to determine the depth of the peel (superficial or medium). TCA is nontoxic and does not cause allergies.
The TCA peel acts on:
- wrinkles and fine lines,
- cutaneous tasks
- Dilated pores
- Shallow acne scars
- Deals mainly with the face
How is the TCA peeling session held?
Before the peeling, the skin is first cleansed, cleaned with special foam and then perfectly dried. The TCA peel is generously applied with a cotton swab throughout the area, carefully avoiding the eyes. It is then neutralized via a special solution. A restorative and moisturizing cream is then administered. Depending on your skin, a preliminary preparation can be prescribed to you 15 days before your peeling.
What are the consequences of TCA peeling?
On the day of the peeling, the tingling sensation may persist for the first few hours, and some redness may be visible. The patient should rinse with water 12 hours later. From the third day, the skin begins to “flake.” This phenomenon is normal. Do not scratch or tear the skin but wait until it is detached by moisturizing permanently to avoid the formation of unsightly crusts. The desquamation phase can last between 4 to 10 days (for TCA 20%). Your skin may initially look less smooth after a TCA peel, but you should not worry; the skin renewal process is in place, and it will get better from day to day. Sun protection by the application of sunscreen is essential to obtain a good result.
What is the recommended protocol for TCA peeling?
The recommended protocol is three sessions spaced 15 days apart, and this helps to optimize the TCA peel results. You can plan your peels all year round, avoiding the summer season.
- Recent solar exposure or UV
- Taking photosensitizing medications (vitamin A acid, benzoyl peroxide, beta-carotene …)
- Any irritating skin care (skin cleansing, waxing, exfoliation, scraping the area to be treated, shaving)