34 STYLE | fashion 1. Twenty years ago, a face lift was the only way to get rid of wrinkly, sagging skin. Today, thanks to the invention of Botox therapy, dermal fillers, and skin rejuvenation techniques, there is a much less painful and time-consuming way to give you the results you desire. All of these procedures can take years off the face – and can be done during your lunch hour, with no invasive surgery and little recovery time. BOTOX THERAPY Description of the treatment: Botox /Dysport is a natural purified protein that temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It is most commonly used to soften frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines and prevent them from deepening. Both men and women benefit from this safe and effective treatment. When administered by an experienced practitioner, you will retain natural expression, without risk of that “frozen” look. Procedure: After consent and education, the actual treatment is relatively quick – around 10 minutes. There is no downtime at all. Tiny doses are injected into the area being treated. There is minimal pain, with most clients experiencing a stinging that passes immediately. Outcome: It takes three to four days to see results, with the full effects appearing after 14 days. You will still have positive facial expression and will look generally refreshed with softening of wrinkles and lines in the treated area. On average, lasts four months. Cost: Face Value charges $18/unit of Botox, $6 for Dysport, with the average cost of the frown area $360.
2. 3. STYLE | fashion 35 DERMAL FILLERS Description of the treatment: Dermal fillers are clear gels made from hyaluranon, a natural carbohydrate already present in your skin that declines with age. The current trend in the use of fillers for facial rejuvenation is that of revolumising. Placing dermal filler at key points in the face can restore lost volume for a refreshed look. Fillers can also be used to enhance your lips, cheek and chin. Procedure: The non-permanent gel is injected into the skin to physically lift and sculpt it, correcting wrinkles, folds, scars and asymmetries of the face. You may experience some redness and swelling immediately after treatment with possible mild bruising. Dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic, so most people experience minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can be used to enhance comfort in sensitive areas such as the lips. Outcome: The results of filler can be seen immediately, but can take 4 to 6 weeks to settle into the final result. Hyaluranon fillers last between 6 and 24 months, depending on the filler used and the site. Cost: Cost varies according to the amount of filler used. Lip enhancement, for example, can range from $400 to $750. SKIN REJUVENATION AND REHYDRATION USING THE V2 SKIN BOOSTER Description of the treatment: The V2 Skin Booster utilises a new delivery device that enables precise doses and placement of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to the dermis of the skin. This combination of active ingredients assists in the synthesis and stimulation of collagen production and dermal restructuring, resulting in beautifully hydrated, nourished, more youthful glowing skin. Procedure: Using the V2 injector gun, Redensity 1 is injected into the skin of the face, neck, or décolletage. The device is unique in that it works by applying a light suction to the skin prior to each injection, leading to a more comfortable and accurate procedure. The procedure takes 30- 45 minutes and clients experience minimal discomfort. The skin appears red and bumpy for 24-48 hours. A course of three treatments spaced three to four weeks apart is recommended, with a top-up every 6 to 12 months. Outcome: Clients see results after the first treatment with ongoing rejuvenation and regeneration occurring over time. Results are impressive with reduction in fine lines and crepiness, and a general improvement in skin texture and strength. The skin looks and feels firmer and has a youthful glow. Cost: Face Value is offering a pre Cup Week special price of $1500 for the three-treatment course, a saving of $150. Dr Philip Frost is a graduate of Otago School of Medicine, with over 20 years’ experience in the specialty area of Appearance and Cosmetic Medicine. He recommends with any medical procedure that you have a comprehensive consultation and assessment to develop an individual treatment plan with education regarding products and procedures. At Face Value a gradual, step-by-step treatment plan will be tailored individually.