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Rise in male cosmetic surgery

Rise in cosmetic procedures for men

Growing conscious of their looks there has been a rise in cosmetic procedures for men.
Most appealing treatments can simply be brushing away those crows feet and frown lines by having anti wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful appearance. This can be a minor upkeep be done in the work lunch hour.
We can do a lot of things without resorting to surgery which is more appealing to men.
According to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the number of cosmetic operations conducted last year fell 40% to a near-decade low from a record-breaking high in 2015.
For instance, although women still account for 91% of cosmetic procedures in the UK, the number of men opting for Cosmetic Surgery has almost doubled in the past decade – having gone from 2,440 treatments in 2005, to 4,614 in 2015. Notably, Male Breast Reductions rose by 13%, whereas male facial procedures were up by an average of 14-15.5%.

 

Most popular procedures 
• Breast reduction (VASER LIPO )
• Rhinoplasty(nose job)
• Blepharoplasty(eye bag removal)
• Otoplasty(ear reshaping)
• Liposuction(removal of fat)
• Anti wrinkle injections

 

 

 

More men are aware they can achieve fantastic results whilst returning to work the very same day with a small ‘tweatment’ being is very appealing. We can now do a lot of things without resorting to surgery and this attracts more men. Those who wouldn’t want a face lift because they didn’t want the downtime and time off work, are having facial lasers, tightening treatments, tread lifts and so on.

Transgender Hair removal

Transgender Hair Removal 

Skin medical are a leading provider for transgender hair removal patients using electrolysis or laser hair removal. We have been providing hair removal for transgender patients since 2004.Skin Medical are a lead clinic providing services for NHS England through following the gender identity service.

We know that for many of our transgender patients, the presence of facial hair is one of the biggest hurdles to ‘passing’ and can cause daily anguish.
Skin Medical offer a free consultation to determine the best method of hair removal for each patient.We welcome NHS referrals and private patients and use both laser hair removal and electrolysis.
Skin Medical is registered and licensed by the Care Quality Commission.We welcome all patients. Everyone is treated with respect, and confidentiality is paramount. Our comfortable clinic sees a number of transgender patients on a regular basis.

Hair removal choice for transgender

Laser hair removal for transgender patients
Laser works best on darker hair. Skin Medical Laser Hair Removal is carried out within our Manchester Clinic.Laser hair removal can achieve dramatic results to obtain permanent removal or substantial reduction in hair after the course of treatment. We recommended a course of 6 to 8 sessions.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to yhair removal pic blogears, as the results differ widely from person to person.

We use the Lumenis lightsheer diode laser system. Lumenis lightsheer is the gold standard within the hair removal market and is FDA approved – meaning it has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness. Our lasers are highly efficient meaning that fewer sessions are required.

What sets Skin Medical apart from high-street beauty salons and many cosmetic centers in Manchester is our expert medical approach. We are registered to comply with the Health And Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and our procedures are approved by the Care Quality Commission.The Care Quality Commission monitors all medical practices within England, including the NHS. Many hair removal service providers do not meet the high standards required for approval.

Skin Medical is staffed by skilled clinical professionals who have the training and experience to ensure all our patients receive safe, highly effective treatment.

We are happy to receive NHS patients and privately funded patients. Discount available to private patients when booking a course of 6 sessions save 30%.

Electrolysis for transgender patients

How Electrolysis works 
Electrolysis is medically approved for permanent hair removal of both facial and body hair as the electric current destroys the hair regrowth cells that house the hair root.
elec pic blogIn a nutshell, electrolysis involves using electrical current applied to the root of the hair, via a very fine needle, to destroy the follicle and cause the hair to fall out.

Electrolysis suitability

Transgender patients either laser hair removal or electrolysis can treat facial hair. However, for those who are having gender reassignment surgery, electrolysis is the preferred treatment.

Electrolysis is very effective for patients who have unwanted natural blonde, red or grey facial & body hair.  Electrolysis is the only solution available for permanent hair removal if the hair is light/fair or grey.

Skin Medical treat hairs using single-use needles and sterilized tweezers to remove individually treated hair to minimize the risk of infection.

 

Juvéderm New range of Vycross dermal fillers

New range of Juvéderm Vycross Dermal fillers 

The next generation of dermal fillers have arrived – smoother, more comfortable and natural looking allowing you to retain facial expressiveness, best of all, longer lasting than ever before. Introducing the new Juvéderm Vycross range from Allergan, including Voluma, Volbella and Volift.

Leading aesthetics specialists Allergan – the experts behind the renowned Juvederm® – have done it again, creating a revolutionary new product that will change the way you think about fillers.

How would this benefit you?

  • The filler is smooth and comfortable during the treatment.
  • Bruising and swelling is minimized so downtime is nominal.
  • The results are incredibly natural – no-one will guess you’ve had a little help!
  • The solution is mouldable to your facial contours for the most natural facial shaping.
  • The stunning results last much, much longer than traditional fillers.

Consideration and Choicejuvederm

Consideration of facial dynamics is critical with any facial treatment.  The expression and movement of muscles and soft tissues and understanding facial dynamics is crucial to retain the expressiveness of the face.

With the onset of ageing changes anatomical structures of the face can impose unwanted and inappropriate facial expressions that do not match emotions of the individual
• The individual treatment plan should take into account every aspect of the face to provide appropriate treatment results for each patient.
• The properties of products chosen must be suitable for the preservation of facial dynamics.

Juvéderm Vycross range

Volbella

Juvéderm Volbella– designed specifically for natural-looking lip augmentation. Lasts up to 12 months.

Volbella subtly reshapes and redefines lips and facial contours. It is a smooth gel that is injected using a ultra fine needle. Volbella is a smooth gel to give a soft, natural feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid within attracts and retains moisture.

Volbella  can last up to a year.

Voluma

Juvéderm Voluma – restores volume to chin, cheeks, and cheekbone. Lasts up to 18 months.

Voluma with a numbing agent already in the filler for a more comfortable administration.

Juvéderm® Voluma replenishes lost skin volume and regain a more youthful curve to the cheeks, volume to chin and can be used to enhance the overall shape of the face.

The lifting effect of Juvéderm® Voluma lasts up to 18 months and results can be seen shortly after treatment.

Volift

Juvéderm Volift– for lips, smokers’ lines and naso-labial folds.

Volift delivers a natural look and feel and is excellent for smoothing nasolabial folds, facial lines and wrinkles, vertical lip lines, marionette lines, lips and cheeks.

Volift lasts an estimated duration of 15 months.

 

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)

laser hair removal face manchesterPCOS Is a condition which affects how a woman’s ovaries function which can cause excessive hair growth, acne and acne scarring .There are three main features of the condition including: cysts that develop in your ovaries, ovaries not regularly releasing eggs and having high levels of ‘male hormones’ (androgens). Your GP will diagnose if you have at least two of these symptoms, however it’s important to note that you can have PCOS without having cysts on your ovaries. Also, be reassured that all women have androgens. It’s fluctuating levels which can cause problems such as:

  • irregular periods – which means ovaries don’t regularly release eggs
  • excess androgen – high levels of “male hormones”, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair and acne
  • polycystic ovaries – ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs (however despite the name, PCOS ovaries don’t actually have cysts)

PCOS SYMPTOMS AND CAUSE

PCOS affects each woman differently and should be diagnosed by your GP. However if you do have PCOS you are likely to have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • irregular or no periods
  • Excessive hair growth (typically on the face, chest or abdomen)
  • Oily Skin
  • Acne
  • Difficulty conceiving
  • Thinning hair or hair loss on head

Whilst the exact cause of Polycystic ovaries syndrome is unknown, it is thought that it’s associated with abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. It’s also often a hereditary condition, so it’s important to check if any close female relatives have had it.

WEIGHT GAIN

Suffering with PCOS you are likely to gain weight and it may become a challenge to sweat these pounds off our bodies quicker than we want to. Findings have shown that women with PCOS have some type of dysfunction in the cells responsible for secreting insulin. These cells are responsible for detecting sugar in the blood stream and may react excessively, creating more insulin than is needed. This means that more glucose is stored as fat, hence why we put on weight. A helpful website for suffers http://www.pcosdietsupport.com/

Following these simple diet changes will help PCOS suffers with their weight gain

  • Dairy free
  • Low GI with a low Glycemic Load
  • Balanced in terms of carbs and protein
  • Free of refined foods and sugars
  • Low in saturated fats
  • A low GI diet can help control symptoms and moderate insulin levels.

managing PCOS

Many women with PCOS also struggle with acne breakouts because our sebaceous glands (which are located within the hair follicle) secrete oily substance to lubricate and waterproof the skin. This then leads to the formation of unattractive and painful pimples on our skin.

Here at Skin Medical we have help with some of the issues facing PCOS  suffers such as

  • laser hair removal or electrolysis for unwanted hair
  • VASER body contouring for those stubborn areas of fat
  • A range of chemical peels or NLite laser for active acne
  • Co2 fractional laser for acne scarring.

Protect your Skin this Winter.

skin new yearTips to combat winter skin and keep a healthy glow this party season…

Tis the season to be glowing! Its that time of year ladies and gents, parties and events are filling our calendars and of course the New Year is closing in on us, all of which are likely documented by infamous selfies and group snaps a plenty. Not to mention the winter cold can bring about many changes in the way your skin looks and feels…

But fear not, we have you covered with some of our skin survival tips to ensure that your skin is not ravaged by the cold winter weather and stays looking fresh, glowing and party ready throughout.

Dry air is caused by cold weather and low humidity levels which strips the skin of precious moisture. Without prompt care and attention this can lead to cracking and bleeding. Central heating is another factor which tends to be overlooked when trying to retain skins moisture, as do hot baths, showers and harsh cleansers.

To keep skin looking smooth and youthful you need to counteract these effects to reduce itching, chapping and redness… here are our tips to keep your skin at its best and feeling more comfortable this season.

  1. Clean with Lukewarm Water

Hot baths and showers feel great during winter, but whenever you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its all important oils which help to protect your skin and keep it soft and supple.

  1. Moisturise Directly Afterwards

Moisture is essential right after you wash and applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle handy near the bathtub and don’t be afraid to use liberally overtime you wash your face.

  1. Consider Moisturiser Carefully

Petroleum-based ingredients within some over-the-counter moisturisers can further dry your skin through the winter months. A smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients would be a safer choice. Opt for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution as its more likely to help skin retain moisture during winter. Try Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream, a highly moisturising cream which helps to soothe and condition painfully dry skin and contains Glycolic acid as well as Hyaluronic acid for added glow.

  1. Protect your Skin

Pull out your stylish gloves and scarves to help protect skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Another important factor… sunscreen! Winter sun can easily be overlooked, but it can also be just as damaging as the summer sun, apply a safe option such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to exposed areas. Try Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for example.

  1. Consider Humidity to avoid Dehydration

Central heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly where you sleep, this will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

  1. Drink water for Hydration

We tend to turn mostly toward hot drinks during winter which leaves out our much needed water intake but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from both the inside and out. Try swapping your hot cocoa for a little warm water with lemon. This tasty substitute can be refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

  1. Exfoliate Skin Care

Its easy to forget to help the skin shed off dead cells during winter, particularly on our hands. Yet if dead cells are plentiful, moisture can’t penetrate. Find an exfoliating mask, such as Jan Marini’s ‘Sugar Plum’ to use on both your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips. Be sure to follow immediately with moisture so that a smoother appearance can be seen. Try a microdermabrasion or Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel to accelerate the growth of new skin.

  1. Chemicals – Avoid Toxins, Allergens and Irritants to Protect your Skin

Especially if you have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, you should avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoiding fabrics that may irritate your skin (like wool) and chemical laden detergents would be a good tip to keep in mind. Instead, use mild cleansers and moisturisers designed specifically for sensitive skin.

Do you have any tips for comforting winter skin? Please share them with our readers by emailing your experiences to info@skinmedical.co.uk or complete our booking online form at http://www.skinmedical.co.uk/book-online/ .

 

 

Eye Brow Microblading – What’s involved?

MicrobladingMicroblading is New Eyebrow Cosmetic Procedure that Provides shape, density and colour. It is a real alternative to traditional machine method of cosmetic tattooing and provides natural looking brows that last for up to two years. 

A superficial cosmetic procedure which involves applying natural pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. The procedure is carried out by a qualified practitioner using a specialist hand-tool that holds disposable microblades. The tool is designed to be safe and effective in the hands of qualified practitioner.

What is Microblading?

It differs from conventional semi-permanent tattooing because it is a manual procedure. When using a hand held microblade, the colour is deposited closer to the surface of the skin than the machine method leaving very fine and clean hair strokes with no spilling of pigment under the skin unlike machine tattooing.

How does it work?

The practitioner applies subtle pigments which create bespoke hair strokes that simulate natural eyebrow hair  that matches patients any skin tone. For patients that require a more dramatic look, traditional makeup provides the perfect solution for enhancing the semi-permanent appearance for that special occasion.

This advanced semi- permanent makeup technique will give you a look which is natural, personalised and effective, whilst defining the patient’s facial features. The long lasting results are so impressive that no one will know it is semi-permanent makeup unless you tell them. Microblading tends to last between up to 24 months. For patients requiring consistent appearance a colour maintenance programme every 6 to 12 months can be arranged.

Like all semi-permanent procedures microblading will require a topical anaesthetic that can be topped up throughout the procedure making it relatively painless causing minimal discomfort.

Caution

The practitioner will carry out a Symmetry Assessment.  Asymmetry is dynamic: a result of a difference in the tone of the forehead muscles and sun exposure of the skin. Please beware Microblading will not correct dynamic asymmetries.

Practitioners and eyebrow technicians are NOT cosmetic surgeons. The realistic goal is not to create perfect symmetry, but to make a moderate improvement to enhance the facial characteristics and natural beauty which are already present. The practitioner has to follow your natural eyebrow contour. Remember, no two eyebrows are ever truly identical.

FAQ

How long do the results last?

This varies from person to person – a colour boost is recommended on average 12-18 months after your initial procedure.

How long does the procedure take to do?

After the consultation with the practitioner the procedure is split into two appointments which are 4-6 weeks apart to allow completion of the healing process. The initial procedure will take from 90 minutes to 2 hours, and your second appointment takes from 30-60 minutes.

Does the procedure hurt?

A topical numbing cream is introduced before the start of the procedure. This is topped up regularly during the treatment to keep you comfortable. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable where as other clients report no discomfort at all. The area can be a little sore for the first few hours after and then tender to the touch for a couple of days during the healing period.

How do you choose a colour?

We choose a colour together by applying small amounts of different coloured pigments to the skin near to your brows, and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. 

What will they look like immediately after the procedure?

Your brows may be a little swollen, red and sometimes blanched (white). This is all very normal. They will be considerably darker for the first week before they begin to fade out to a softer colour.

Do I need a patch test?

Yes all clients need a patch test at least 48 hours before the procedure. This is performed during the initial consultation.

How do you choose the shape?

We choose a shape and style together. At the beginning of the procedure your practitioner will draw in a suggested shape for your new brows and then we work together to perfect this to your preference. Measurements are taken to check symmetry and placement. 

For further information please contact Skin Medical: 0161 839 7663

Prescription or Over-the-Counter Retinols

anti-ageing treatmentsOur Skin’s appearance is easily affected by many different environmental aggressors. This can cause increased signs of ageing, uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is an incredible anti-ageing product with the ability to reduce the signs of ageing and minimize these concerns. It plumps and smoothes the skin’s elasticity and promotes new collagen. It can even prevent and erase existing sun damage. Retinol can be obtained from either over the counter products or stronger forms are prescribed by a Medical Practitioner. It is one of the most exciting skincare ingredients available today.

Retinol is the purest form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an extremely effective ingredient that can transform the skin and help decrease visible signs of ageing. When applied to the skin, Vitamin A turns into retinoic acids. This acid is easily absorbed into the skin and helps to prevent the onset of wrinkles by regulating cell production.

The main difference between over-the-counter and prescription retinol is the strength of ingredients. The difference of strength affects how well the retinol’s ability can convert the retinoic acid into our skin.  When choosing between the two, it is important to consider your skin’s sensitivity, your timeline for desired results and also how much you want to spend.

Prescription retinol is stronger and intense and has a direct effect as a skin treatment. However, it can cause the skin to become more inflamed and the possibility of dry, flaking skin. However, it does provide faster and visible results. Prescription retinol provides a light chemical peel and helps speed up the natural exfoliation process and enhances collagen production.

On the other hand, over-the-counter retinol products provide a gentler and softer approach. It is not as effective as Prescription retinol, as it generally takes a lot longer to see results. However, OTC products dramatically reduces the negative side effects that prescription retinol provides. For example, less peeling, less redness and less sun-sensitivity.  Also, unlike most prescription retinols, an over-the-counter retinol is gentle enough to use daily.

It is important to start off using retinols very slowly, using the product only twice a week and gradually start using more regularly. You only need a pea sized amount to cover the whole face. In addition, as retinols do increase sun sensitivity, we advise to incorporate an SPF into your daily skin routine as a must! If you fail to do so, you risk causing severe redness and possible damage to your skin. You should start to see results within the first two weeks, with more dramatic results within eight to twelve weeks.

In summary, prescription retinol is stronger, has more dramatic and relatively quick results, and however has more side effects such as redness and peeling.  Over the counter retinol offers the same results, just a little slower and provides fewer side effects. Either choice, the proven benefits of retinol as a whole can provide amazing results for your skin!

 

Different Types of Chemical Peels.

skin treatments manchesterEvery day, you lose millions of dead skin cells. As you age, the style of your skin changes, dead skin cells tend to not fall off as easily as they do when we are younger. This in turn causes the skin to appear more dull and drier.

Light, medium and deep chemical peels are available as a non-surgical alternative used to peel away the skin’s top layer in order to improve aged, sun-damaged and uneven skin. Peels are designed to even out pigmentation and also texture of the skin, leaving a more youthful complexion. Peels restore a healthy, youthful and vibrant appearance.

Are you a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Below are some common reasons why a chemical peel may be suitable:

  • You have sun-damaged skin and significant facial wrinkling
  • You have uneven pigmentation and discolourations
  • You have Acne scars, or facial scars that affect the texture of your skin.

The three main types of chemical face peels, and each has its own unique benefit for the skin.

  • Light Chemical Peels – help improve acne scarring and also uneven skin texture, they also assist in reducing the effects of Sun damage.  They work by removing the top layer of the skin, also known as the Epidermis and encourage new skin cell regeneration. They instantly brighten up the skin and provide a more smoother and even texture. Made from alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, known as AHAs and BHAs and include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. Normally, a course of 6-10 treatments are recommended to achieve long-lasting results. Light peels are pain-free and have no recovery time. They are known as the ‘Lunchtime Peel’, as you are able to go out straight afterwards without anyone knowing you had the treatment.
  • Medium Chemical Peels – provide more dramatic results than a light chemical peel. Usually derived from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), they penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin and are used to improve acne scarring and uneven pigmentation. . They also smooth out fine surface wrinkles and correct age spots. The recovery requires a slightly longer time and more discomfort; this can include stinging and slight burning sensation lasting up to half hour after the treatment. Your face will also become pink and begin to peel following the treatment and the recovery takes up to one week.
  • Deep Chemical Peels – are the strongest of all chemical peels, they penetrate the skin deeper and eliminates more serious skin issues such as coarse wrinkles and deeper acne scars.  They provide more dramatic results, and only a single treatment is required. They usually use carbolic acid or high strength TCA to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. This peel can be painful and normally requires up to three weeks for full recovery.  It is incredibly important you find an experienced Medical Practitioner to carry out the treatment.

Skin Medical offers a choice of light, medium and deep chemical peels. A qualified Medical Practitioner will determine the best treatment tailored specifically to your concern, and will discuss whether your goals and expectations for the procedure are realistic. We will also discuss with you all chemical peel benefits and risks. The amount of time for recovery is an important factor to consider when selecting a particular chemical peel.

To book a free skin assessment with one of our experienced practitioners or to find out more about any of our treatments or products, please contact the Manchester city centre clinic on 0161 839 7663 or submit an online enquiry.

 

 

The Rise of Male Cosmetic Surgery

3It’s no surprise that we live in a world consumed with images of the perfect ideal. We are constantly bombarded with media advertisements and celebrities promoting this ‘perfect ideal’, such as being thin or looking as young as possible. In turn, this pushes many people to invest in cosmetic surgery to improve their physical appearance. One of the most popular treatments to have risen over the past couple years, is Liposuction. The most talked about version of this today is known as Vaser.

Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. In short, it’s a form of liposuction using ultrasound energy to gently breakdown excess fat cells without damaging any surrounding tissues. Once these cells are broken down, small cannulas are used to suction and remove this excess fat. This is known as emulsification. Such technique allows for specific contouring of the body, it is able to sculpt and shape certain delicate areas such as neck, thighs, arms, flanks and male Gynecomastia (otherwise known as ‘Man Boobs’).

In the last few years, there has been a significant rise in cosmetic surgical procedures for men. In the past, cosmetic surgery was originally used to treat fatally injured soldiers, however as the image of this ‘perfect ideal’ was promoted more and more, it quickly became an area dominated by females.  In addition, there was much stigma applied to men who sought after any sort of beauty products or cosmetic surgery. Nowadays, the rise of modern values has drastically altered this misconception and society as a whole is now embracing individuality and specifically, male cosmetic surgery.

The number of British men undergoing cosmetic surgery has doubled in the last ten years. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has reported that ‘whilst men still only account for nine per cent of all cosmetic surgery operations, a record 4,614 UK men underwent a procedure last year for purely aesthetic reasons.’  Many believe this rise in male cosmetic surgery is due to the relaxation of social stigma. Men are now able to achieve a faster and easier way to their ideal bodies.

One procedure that is on the rise among males is Vaser Liposuction, one of the major selling points with this is due to little downtime. The flexibility of allowing patients to return to their daily routine in a short space of time is certainly an aspect in its growing popularity. Additionally, another reason for its popularity is due to Male Gynecomastia, a condition that affects more than one third of the world’s male population, also known as ‘Man Boobs’.

While this does not pose any health threats, the difficulties faced by men from enlarged male breasts, is more directed towards embarrassment reasons.  The procedure helps create a more sculpted and athletic appearance, and helps define pectorals. This leads to men having increased self confidence, feeling more in proportion and less self conscious.

At Skin Medical, our specialised Doctors and Medical Practitioners have over ten years experience in performing Vaser Liposuction, and we are assure the best quality care and results.

To book a free consultation with one of our experienced practitioners or to find out more about any of our treatments or products, please contact the Manchester city centre clinic on 0161 839 7663 or submit an online enquiry.

 

Can Lips Define Our Age?

Dermal Fillers ManchesterLips define so much about us! Our expressions and curving of our lips show our emotions, the makeup colours we use show our personal style.  However, Lips can also add age onto us, and make us look older than we actually are.

Below, are three characteristics of lips that may possibly be adding age onto your appearance…

Thinning Lips

Our collagen production slows down as we get older, and our once voluminous lips become thinner and more flat, making us look older. Lips begin shrinking between the ages of 30 and 40, and can artificially age a person. According to dermatologist Dr. Kleinsmith, one of the causes of thinning lips is UV Sun Damage. Wearing a lip balm that includes an SPF daily is crucial in helping protect lips from the effects of sun damage. Alternatively, Lip fillers such as Juvederm can help achieve a more youthful appearance, by precisely shaping your lips and providing more voluminous, plumper lips.

Too-Dark and Matte Lipsticks

Applying the wrong shade of lipstick can add years to your face, rather than making you look fresh and youthful. Specifically, a heavy, dark matte lip colour emphasises the thinness of lips and accentuates the lack of definition, which is a prominent feature in defining our age.  Also, avoid a matte finish lipstick, as this will make your lips appear flatter. Instead, you need to opt for lighter and glossier lipsticks, such as a mauve or pink tone. The extra gloss will add a youthful plumpness, and gives lips a more natural, flattering appearance.

Lip Lines and Wrinkles

Unfortunately, lip lines are an inevitable part of ageing. However, sometimes lip lines can appear sooner due to other factors such as genetics, sun exposure and smoking. There are three types of lip lines.

  • Smile Lines (Nasolabial Lines) – These lines are formed from the end of your nose to the corner of your mouth. They become more prominent as we age.
  • Marionette Lines – These are vertical lines found at the corner of your mouth. They have an effect on our facial expressions, making us appear more serious and angrier, even when our faces are relaxed.
  • Vertical Lip Lines – They are formed around the lips due to excessive lip movement. Unfortunately, they are unavoidable as we cannot sustain from emotion and moving our face. They are also called Smoker Lines, as regular smokers tend to press their lip together more frequently, resulting in the appearance of these lines.

Cosmetic Dermal Fillers such as Juvederm are very effective in softening the appearance of lines formed around the mouth.  Results are immediate and can last for several months. The newest innovation from Juvederm is their Vobella range, which is specially formulated with VYCROSS™ technology to deliver a more natural look, greater lift with results lasting up to one year! Previous Lip Fillers typically only last up to 6 months.

It is important to ensure that you select an experienced and certified Practitioner, as over injection or under injection can result in lips becoming too plump and unnatural, or too thin and could potentially throw off the sculptural balance to the face.  Skin Medical pride themselves in being highly trained Medical Practitioners’, providing the best in customer care, and ensuring you get the results you deserve.

To book a free skin assessment with one of our experienced practitioners or to find out more about any of our treatments or products, please contact the Manchester city centre clinic on 0161 839 7663 or submit an online enquiry.

 

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