One of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments, Botox (or botulinum toxin A), is a quick, convenient, cost effective way to erase years from your face. Injected just below the surface of the skin, it helps smooth lines, refine pores and even sculpt the jawline in a matter of minutes. Botox yields results in three to seven days that can last as long as four months. Combined with a session of laser treatments to even out skin tone, you’ll be amazed by the results. Here are four ways Botox and laser treatments can boost your look.
Slim and contour the jawline
Our jawline changes as we age – it can become lumpy (jowly) or wider and squarer because of enlarged masseters – the jaw muscles. Excess grinding of teeth and clenching the jaw can cause this and most of the time we’re unaware we are even doing it. Weight loss doesn’t help change the angles, but a few precisely placed Botox injections will.
How it works: Botox will relax the muscles and soften the angles of your face. A topical anaesthetic is applied to numb the area before you’re injected. You can resume your daily activities immediately afterwards, as there is barely any downtime required. It takes two weeks to see the full effect of the treatment and results last for up to six months. It’s ideal for those between the ages of 30 to 50.
Prevent further wrinkles
Botox relaxes the muscles responsible for your expressions to prevent excessive creasing and permanent wrinkling. At Yvonne Goh Aesthetics, Dr Goh’s approach is to soften the wrinkles like frown lines and crow’s feet while maintaining your natural expression. She believes relaxing strong muscles of expression like those on the forehead and around the eyes will deliver a youthful, fresh appearance and prevent lines from deepening. Dr Yvonne Goh’s technique is unique and customised as she ensures the amount of muscle relaxation is proportionate to the overall facial profile so that the end-result is natural-looking.
She often supplements Botox treatments with fillers to plump grooves and folds to further enhance facial proportions. She may also suggest a laser treatment like Laser Toning to further boost the benefits. A non-ablative laser treatment, it tackles pigmentation and improves skin texture and refines pores. It also promotes collagen production (which continues long after you’ve left the doctor’s office) to further smooth any lines and wrinkles.
Refine skin tone
Tackle depressed acne and chicken pox scars, uneven skin tone and minimise pores with the Edge Fractional CO2 laser. This new-generation laser treatment performed by extremely experienced doctors at The Clifford Clinic offers all the benefits of conventional CO2 laser with less than half the down time and fewer side effects. Unlike its predecessor, the Edge Fractional CO2 laser produces very fine beams that leave your skin with a slight flush, which disappears within a day. Scars get shallower and skin starts to look radiant after two to three treatments.
Schedule a session to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and increase skin thickness around the eyes for a more refreshed appearance. When done over the upper eyelid, it tightens and lifts the eyelid. You can also smoothen vertical wrinkles around your upper lip with this innovative laser. The Edge Fractional CO2 treatment is extremely versatile and can even be used on the tummy, thighs or buttocks to reduce stretch marks and firm loose skin.
Ease dynamic wrinkles
Botox causes a precise, controlled weakening of the facial muscles. This makes it extremely effective in erasing dynamic wrinkles (those caused by repeated movement of the muscles) like crow’s feet, frown and forehead lines. A tiny dose delivered with a micro needle directly targeting these small muscles, causes the skin to relax by preventing the muscle from moving. The result? An instantly more youthful looking you!
Botox applied to specific muscles can also give a natural but significant lift to sagging jowls or brows. Combining it with a series of laser treatments that will help lighten pigmentation, brighten and rejuvenate the skin, and stimulate collagen to smooth fine lines will further help take years off your face.
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