LAUGHTER LINES

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WHAT CAUSES LAUGHTER / CHEEK LINES?

LAUGHTER / CHEEK LINES ARE LINES WHICH FORM AROUND THE AREAS THAT CREASE WHEN WE LAUGH OR SMILE. MOST OFTEN THESE LINES DEVELOP AROUND THE MOUTH & EYES, BUT CAN ALSO OCCUR ON THE CHEEKS. THESE LINES ARE DIFFERENT & SEPARATE TO NASO-LABIAL FOLDS ALTHOUGH THEY OCCUR IN THE NEARBY AREA(S).

THE CAUSE OF LAUGHTER /CHEEK LINES ARE MULTI-FACTORAL, INVOLVING ATROPHIC CHANGES IN THE SKIN & SOFT TISSUE, SKELETAL, LIGAMENTS, & GRAVITY THAT OCCUR WITH AGE. HOWEVER, SOME PEOPLE JUST HAVE THEM FROM A YOUNG AGE - LIKE SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIMPLES. THEY ARE ONLY A CAUSE FOR CONCERN IF YOU FEEL BOTHERED BY THEM.

HOW CAN THEY BE TREATED?

DERMAL FILLERS HAVE THEIR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF LAUGHTER LINES & DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL VARIATIONS IN THEIR APPEARANCE CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE.  DERMAL FILLERS WORK BY EFFECTIVELY PLUMPING & 'FILLING' THE LINE, CREASE, OR FOLD. THE RESULTS ARE IMMEDIATE & LAST 9-12 MONTHS.

SCULPTRA CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF LAUGHTER LINES AS IT STIMULATES THE BODY TO MAKE & DEPOSIT ITS OWN COLLAGEN LEADING TO A PROGRESSIVE FIRMING & PLUMPING EFFECT. SCULPTRA LASTS 2-3 YEARS. SCULPTRA TAKES A LITTLE LONGER FOR THE EFFECTS TO BE SEEN DUE TO ITS MECHANISM OF ACTION BUT LASTS LONGER THAN DERMAL FILLERS.

PROFHILO CONTAINS 4 DIFFERENT TYPES OF HYALURONIC ACID & HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS 'CURING' LINES & WRINKLES RATHER THAN SIMPLY FILLING THEM. PROFHILO IS ADMINISTERED USING A SPECIALIST TECHNIQUE THAT TYPICALLY ADDRESSES OVERALL FACIAL VOLUME & TONE & CAN GIVE EXCELLENT RESULTS IN THE TREATMENT OF LAUGHTER LINES. PROFHILO IS NOT A 'FILLER' AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A 'CURE' FOR WRINKLES RATHER THAN 'FILLING' THEM.

A CHEMICAL PEEL ALSO CAN BE VERY USEFUL WHEN ADDRESSING THE APPEARANCE OF LAUGHTER LINES, BY EFFECTIVELY REMOVING DEAD SKIN & REVEALING THE NEWER, FRESHER SKIN UNDERNEATH.

EACH PRODUCT HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE MECHANISM & ONSET OF ACTION, EFFECT, & LONGEVITY & ONE MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR YOU THAN ANOTHER, OR A COMBINATION APPROACH MAY BE RECOMMENDED.. A FULL MEDICAL AESTHETIC CONSULTATION WILL HELP TO DECIDE WHICH TREATMENT IS BEST FOR YOU.

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AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, THE TERM 'DERMAL FILLER' APPLIES TO THREE SEPARATE GROUPS OF PRODUCTS. HERE, WE ADDRESS THEM IN A LITTLE MORE DEPTH.

HA IS A GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN (GAG) - AKA 'SUGAR MOLECULE' - WHICH IS NATURALLY PRESENT IN ALL OF OUR BODIES WITH APPROXIMATELY 50% OF HA RESIDING WITHIN OUR SKIN. IT ACTS AS A SCAFFOLD WITHIN THE EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX, PROVIDING HYDRATION, RIGIDITY & TURGOR (THE SKIN'S ABILITY TO 'BOUNCE BACK) WHILST ALLOWING FOR CELLULAR REGENERATION & MOVEMENT. IN ESSENCE, IT IS WHAT KEEPS US LOOKING PLUMP & YOUTHFUL. IT PROTECTS THE SKIN FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS & FREE RADICAL DAMAGE. UNFORTUNATELY, LEVELS OF HA IN OUR SKIN DEPLETE AS WE AGE, LEADING TO LOSS OF VOLUME, TONE, TURGOR & DEFINITION. AS EACH HA MOLECULE ATTRACTS & BINDS UP TO 1000X ITS OWN WEIGHT IN WATER, HA FILLERS PROVIDE AN IMMEDIATE PLUMPING EFFECT. HYALURONIC ACID HAS AN EXCELLENT SAFETY PROFILE & LONG TERM BENEFITS & DEPENDING ON THE PRODUCT USED & INDIVIDUAL FACTORS LASTS APPROXIMATELY 9-12 MONTHS.

IN COMPARISON, PLLA FILLER (SCULPTRA) IS A SUBSTANCE THAT IS NATURALLY PRODUCED BY OUR BODY DURING EXERCISE. IT IS PRESENT IN MANY MEDICAL IMPLANTS, ABSORBABLE SUTURES & MESH. SCULPTRA (PLLA) WORKS BY STIMULATING YOUR OWN CELLS - NOTABLY FIBROBLASTS - TO MAKE & DEPOSIT COLLAGEN. BECAUSE OF THIS, IT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE IMMEDIATELY 'VISIBLE' EFFECT AS HYALURONIC ACID FILLER. HOWEVER, ONCE THE DESIRED EFFECT IS ACHIEVED, PLLA LASTS LONGER THAN HA FILLER WITH AN AVERAGE OF 2-3 YEARS.

RADIESSE CONTAINS CALCIUM HYDROXYPALATITE (CaHA) WHICH IS A MINERAL-LIKE COMPOUND FOUND NATURALLY IN OUR BONES. RADIESSE CONTAINS CaHA MICROSPHERES CONTAINED IN A GEL LIKE CARRIER, WHICH ONCE INJECTED INTO THE SKIN PROVIDES AN IMMEDIATE PLUMPING EFFECT SIMILAR TO HA FILLERS. HOWEVER, RADIESSE ALSO KEEPS WORKING IN A SIMILAR MANNER TO SCULPTRA VIA A MECHANISM OF ACTION KNOWN AS A 'BIOSTIMULATORY EFFECT', ACTIVATING & INDUCING FIBROBLAST CELLS TO MAKE & DEPOSIT COLLAGEN. FOLLOWING INJECTION, RADIESSE BASICALLY 'PARTNERS UP' WITH YOUR OWN BODY, CREATING A LONG-LASTING & BEAUTIFUL RESULT.

PROFHILO IS THE FIRST INJECTABLE TYPE OF HYALURONIC ACIDE INDICATED FOR DERMAL REMODELLING AS OPPOSED TO REPLACING LOSS OF VOLUME, AND IS USED TO TREAT LOSS OF ELASTICITY, HYDRATION & SKIN LAXITY. PROFHILO NOURISHES, HYDRATES, STIMULATES, TIGHTENS & REFRESHES, AND CAN BE VERY GOOD FOR LAUGHTER LINES IF THEIR CAUSE IS PREDOMINANTLY CAUSED BY 'LOOSE' SKIN & LOSS OF TONE. 

TREATING LAUGHTER LINES AT A GLANCE

BEST RESULTS

COST

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TREATING LAUGHTER LINES AT A GLANCE

BEST RESULTS - 1 TREATMENT

COST - MEMBERS £119; NON-MEMBERS - £170

PROCEDURE TIME - 30-45 MINUTES

SPECIALIST LEVEL - DOCTOR OR NURSE PRESCRIBER

RECOVERY TIME - 48 HOURS

TREATING LAUGHTER LINES AT A GLANCE

BEST RESULTS - 3 SESSION COURSE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

COST - MEMBERS 1 SESSION £245* / 3 SESSION COURSE £735; NON-MEMBERS 1 SESSION- £350 / 3 SESSION COURSE £950

PROCEDURE TIME - 45 MINUTES

SPECIALIST LEVEL - DOCTOR OR NURSE PRESCRIBER

RECOVERY TIME - 48 HOURS

TREATING LAUGHTER LINES AT A GLANCE

BEST RESULTS - 2 TREATMENT COURSE

COST - 2 SESSIONS MEMBERS £336; NON-MEMBERS £480

PROCEDURE TIME - 60 MINUTES

SPECIALIST LEVEL - DOCTOR OR NURSE PRESCRIBER

RECOVERY TIME - 48 HOURS

TREATING LAUGHTER LINES AT A GLANCE

BEST RESULTS - 1 TREATMENT (COURSE MAY BE RECOMMENDED)

COST - MEMBERS FREE*; NON-MEMBERS - £60

PROCEDURE TIME - 60 MINUTES

SPECIALIST LEVEL - DOCTOR OR NURSE PRESCRIBER

RECOVERY TIME - DEPENDS ON PEEL

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