There are different types of skin treatments and facial procedures that deliver varying results. From brightening the skin to adding volume to the face, it’s important that you find a procedure that’s right for you.
Types of Facial Treatments: Botox, Fillers, Peels, and Microneedling
From dry skin to redness, it’s common to experience problems with your skin. The good news is that there are several treatments that you can get to help improve your skin’s appearance as well as work on specific issues. Whether you’re looking to add volume and plump or smooth out wrinkles, here is a breakdown of 4 types of facial treatments and what they can do for your skin.
Botox is actually a brand name for a type of botulinum toxin. The toxin is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The word ‘toxin’ makes it sound scary, but it’s perfectly safe when administered by a qualified professional. In higher amounts, botulinum toxin can be dangerous. However, only weaker, small amounts are used in Botox treatments.
Injectables such as Botox are a non-surgical way to improve your appearance. In the world of facial wrinkles and fine lines, Botox is considered the gold standard. Treatments tend to be quick and use a very small needle that feels a bit like a pinprick. As long as your injector is fully qualified and well-trained, your face should still look natural and not frozen in any way.
During a Botox treatment, a professional injects a small and controlled dose in specific areas of your choice. Botox blocks certain nerve signals that make muscles contract. It temporarily paralyses and relaxes muscles, softening unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. So, after the injection, the muscle can’t contract. This relaxing effect can last up to six months, which means you will need to book top-up appointments to maintain your look. The result of Botox remains local and doesn’t roam through your body.
After your initial consultation for your treatment, getting Botox takes only minutes. With the first injection, it takes time to act. You may be panicking that it does not have the desired effect but give it some time to kick into action. You should start to see results around seven or eight days after your first injection. At about 14 days, the results should be fully visible.
Although you often think of Botox for turning back the clock, many young patients use Botox as a way to delay lines and wrinkles forming. This is useful if you have concerns about signs of ageing developing later in life. Reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles is one of the most common treatments for Botox. Other areas for Botox treatments include:
Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment for getting plump lips, more youthful-looking skin, and even non-surgical nose jobs. Fillers are a long-lasting non-surgical way to achieve a plumper appearance. When applied by a qualified professional, they are designed to be subtle and safe. If you’re curious about fillers, here’s what you need to know before treatment.
Fillers are small injections of gel, typically containing a human-made hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin known for its youthful, hydrating, and volume-enhancing effects. Dermal fillers add fullness to the area, such as plump up the lips or smooth away lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face. Fillers are injected into the skin to contour, revitalise and reduce unwanted wrinkles.
Traditionally, dermal fillers were mainly used to treat facial lines and creases. Nowadays, fillers can enhance a range of features like:
- Achieving a straighter nose
- defined cheeks
- Plumper lips
- Preventing chin dimples
- Smoothing out the corners of the mouth
Depending on the treatment area, fillers can last for between 6 to 18 months. Every face is unique, and the way your body reacts with the filler can differ from person to person. How long the results last will depend on the area injected and the amount of filler used. Over time, your results will gradually fade. You can opt to have ‘touch up’ appointments to maintain your look with fillers.
Lip fillers or lip injections use fillers that help to keep your lips plump for months at a time. The fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and create a plumper looking appearance.
When you come in for your lip filler treatment at Harley Clinic, the treatment itself should take around 30 minutes. If you’re looking to top up other areas at the same time, such as the cheeks, then the appointment will take longer. Before the treatment, your doctor will apply a numbing cream to the area. After a few minutes, the procedure will begin.
Lip fillers deliver immediate results within the first 48 hours and last up to about six months. We recommend follow up treatments every 6 to 12 months. You can find out more about how long lip fillers last in our quick guide.
Facials peels are a chemical solution applied to the face to stimulate the growth of new cells. Peels remove dry, dead skin, leaving a smooth and rejuvenated layer of skin. The procedure is typically used for anti-ageing. The treatment can improve the appearance of the skin, reduce age spots, and evens out skin tone.
A chemical peel requires little to no downtime after. A professional peel is far more powerful than at-home peels as they use highly-concentrated exfoliants. You can use peels for improving acne scars, crow’s feet, sun-damaged skin, wrinkling, and sagging.
For the best results, you would get a series of peels over a 6-12 week period. After this, you can maintain your look with peels twice a year.
Microneedling really took off in the mid-90s, but innovation in the area continues to make it a hot topic today. With new technology, the minimally invasive procedure can improve the appearance of scars, boost collagen, and encourage hair growth.
Microneedling is a procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the skin. With a handheld device, the tiny needles make small wounds that encourage your body to produce collagen. The wounds then heal, helping skin to look younger, rejuvenated, and smoother.
During a treatment session, your surgeon will use a handheld device called a SkinPen. The fine needles pierce the skin and stimulate new collagen. The punctures are more like pinpricks. They only enter the skin at surface level and are not deep at all.
The revolutionary treatment can improve and enhance skin quality. It can help treat a range of skin conditions like:
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Dark spots
The great thing about microneedling is that it’s a non-surgical treatment that’s usually less expensive than laser treatments. It also tends to work better for people with darker skin tones than laser treatments.
You can expect fairly immediate results following your treatment. In general, you would have multiple treatments spaced apart. Over time the results should improve after all the treatments. With significant breakthroughs in technology, the treatment is now more advanced and effective. Microneedling can rejuvenate your skin and treat a range of conditions.
While the results are pretty immediate, the main draw is the long-term benefits. When wound healing kicks in, it results in elastic and collagen growth. This can kickstart new layers of skin at a cellular level. In the long-term, you can expect an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and boost the overall texture of the skin.
Which Treatment is Best For You?
You can combine certain treatments to maximise results. It’s common to do multiple treatments at the same time as you can make the most out of the time you have and minimise your recovery period.
Many patients combine botox and fillers in one session. The two treatments complement each other nicely by acting on wrinkles and lines in slightly different ways. Botox can help to minimise the look of crow’s feet, frown lines. Fillers can help to fill in wrinkles and creases to soften the appearance of the face.
Chemical peels, on the other hand, are stand-alone procedures. You can perform multiple treatments over separate sessions if you wanted to get botox and a chemical peel. Your surgeon will advise you on the best way to do this. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your skin and individual case. You may need a combination of treatments, either at the same time or in separate sessions.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Botox, Fillers, Peels, and Microneedling?
Depending on the treatment or combination of treatments you get there are some potential risks and complications, including:
- Darkening or lightening of the skin
- Flaking skin
- Breathing and swallowing problems can occur in botox, but it’s rare.