DERMAL FILLER- UPPER/MID FACE
The Fat Pads play an important roll in the ageing of our face. As we Age, we lose facial fat pad volume, as the fat pads begin to disintegrate and atrophy, leaving our faces more sallow than when we were younger.
An important step in maintaining lift and a natural level of facial volume, is to restore and replace the volume loss. This can be done as a preventative approach- replacing the volume before and as it begins to be lost, or as a restorative approach- replace the volume loss and aim to create some lift in the face again.
The mouth is surrounded by a muscle called the orbicularis oris. This muscle is repsonsible for helping us to talk, eat, kiss and move our lips! For some people, when their obicularis oris muscle has significant strength, it can pull their top lip under when they smile. This can lead to the appearance of a thin top lip when smiling, or even no lip at all. By relaxing this muscle with antiwrinkle product, it can reduce the muscles ability to pull under, therefore giving it a 'flip' out effect. It is important to note that this treatment mostly provides a 'lip flip' effect on movement (smiling), rather than at rest. One of the small risks with this treatment can be temporary difficulties drinking through straws whilst the product takes effect. Generally areas treated around the mouth last 6-8 weeks.
Barcode lines, also known as smokers lines, are the vertical lines above the top lip. As we age, the muscle movement from the orbicularis oris muscle around the mouth can accentuate these lines. Many women find themselves wanting to soften these lines when they notice their lipstick 'seeping' or makeup settling into them. Antiwrinkle product can help temporarily relax the muscle movement, which can soften these lines out and prevent them from worsening over time. Barcode lines are usually best treated with a combination of dermal filler to accentuate the lip border, or fill the lines, PDO threads for collagen stimulation, and antiwrinkle product to soften muscle movement. One of the small risks with this treatment can be temporary difficulties drinking through straws whilst the product takes effect. Generally areas treated around the mouth last 6-8 weeks.
Located on the sides of the bottom of our mouths, and extending down the marionette lines towards the chin, are our depressor Anguli Oris muscles. These muscles pull the corners of the mouth in a downwards direction. Over time, as we age, this can lead to the appearance of a 'downturned' smile. Relaxing this muscle movement can assist to prop the corners of the mouth back up and leave us looking a little less sad or tired, and a little happier! This treatment works well in combination with dermal filler to the marionette lines, to help create support for the mouth and smile, and soften the perioral area. Generally areas treated around the mouth last 6-8 weeks.
We all know someone who has a big, happy smile that lights up a room, however sometimes the appearance of too much 'gum' in our smile can distract from the beauty of it, or even leave us looking 'snarly'. Gummy smiles are generally caused by the Levator muscles (LLSAN, LLS) above our mouth, being a little big stronger than those of our non-gummy smile counterparts. When these Levator muscles have significant strength, they pull our top lip further upwards, leading to overexposed gums. By relaxing these muscles, we can essentially 'drop' the smile back down to achieve a softer look and more desirable level of height in the top lip when smiling. Generally areas treated around the mouth last 6-8 weeks.
Feel like your chin is looking more like an orange peel than a nice plump dumpling? The repeated pull in the Mentalis muscle in the mid lower part of our chin can create a range of small dimples on movement, and leave this area looking 'pebbly' overtime. Softening the movement of this muscle, reduces the 'pull' and can soften the appearance of fine 'dent' and lines in this area. Antiwrinkle treatment in the chin, can also be targeted to 'drop' and elongate the chin, to help create a more 'heart' shaped face. Chin Antiwrinkle treatment can work well in combination with Dermal Filler treatment for Chin Elongation and softening.
Does one side of your bottom lip pull down more so than the other and leave you with a crooked smile? Antiwrinkle treatment can be targeted carefully to help reduce the appearance of a crooked smile, temporarily. Below our bottom lip, on each side of the mouth, extending down towards the chin, we have The Depressor Labaii Inferioris muscles. A crooked smile is usually caused by one of these muscles being stronger than the other, and therefore 'pulling' the mouth down more on one side. By injecting a small amount of product on the 'stronger' side, we can relax the muscle to help elevate it, and give more eveness and symmetry to the smile. Generally areas treated around the mouth last 6-8 weeks.