Last updated on August 13th, 2021 at 07:36 PM
After countless months staring at our faces on Zoom in dull and dreary lockdown, the relationship with our appearance has changed.
We’ve started to notice those little areas of concern more, and for some of us, our confidence has taken a knock.
As the sun continues to shine and we hit the summer, we want to make sure we’re looking our best.
Professor Firas Al-Niami, Expert Dermatologist at sk:n, has shared some insights into popular face harmonisation ‘tweakments’ that can help balance our facial features, elevate our natural beauty , and offer a subtle ‘nip and tuck’ without the need for cosmetic surgery.
Here are some of the most common concerns and the tweakment for that quick fix:
Desired Result: Slightly fuller lips
Our mouths might have been going at a million miles an hour in meetings, but it will also have drawn attention to the area.
As a result, many people find themselves crying out for extra volume and plumpness to the lips to enhance their natural shape.
The Fix: Lip fillers
Lip fillers are a long-lasting solution that will provide a natural looking boost to your lips.
A medically developed hyaluronic acid solution is injected into the lip in the form of a vial and depending on the desired effect, each treatment typically requires one to two vials.
This tweakment offers almost immediate results (it will settle within 48 hours) and lasts between 9-12 months, though this can vary depending on lifestyle factors such as smoking or sun exposure as well as how quickly your body breaks down the filler.
Desired Result: Natural nose job
The nose sits central in the face and is often a focal point for many people, as such it can be one of those key things we’d love to change if we could.
Yet, not everyone wants to go as far as a surgical nose job and permanent transformation.
There is a solution that can make subtle changes to the shape of your nose in a much less invasive way.
The Fix: Non-surgical nose job
Also known as non-surgical rhinoplasty or liquid nose job, the non-surgical nose job is the perfect solution for those looking to make small tweaks to their nose shape.
A non-surgical nose job is achieved using a series of dermal filler injections. The fillers are a series of small injections of gel which are applied to the soft tissue in the nose to shape, straighten and contour.
Compared with a surgical procedure which takes a few hours and requires an overnight stay, this tweakment takes less than half an hour and the results are instant (with minimal swelling and bruising which will fade within 48 hours).
What’s more, the results can last up to 12 months, so there’s no need to worry about any permanent changes if you’re not 100% happy with it.
The Desired Result: Defined chin and jawline
It’s all the rage right now to have a defined chin and jawline and we can all agree, we don’t like the feeling when our jawline starts to sag or having to hide those jowls and extra chin when you’re chatting.
So, many people are looking for a natural way to restore the shape of the jaw and provide better definition and contouring.
The Fix: Jawline filler
Juvéderm VOLUX is the ideal solution for those who want a more defined look around the lower face, without having to resort to surgery.
The treatment consists of a series of contouring and volumising fillers, which are injected deeply under the skin to softly reshape the chin and lower jaw.
Treatment results can be seen instantly and will last between 12 to 18 months.
Desired Result: Firmer, hydrated skin
Skin elasticity is the skin’s natural ability to snap back into its original shape.
When skin loses it, it starts to look saggy, crinkled and leathery. It’s a natural part of ageing, but there are ways to combat it!
The Fix: Profhilo
Profhilo is an incredible way to naturally hydrate the skin.
Using a high concentrate of hyaluronic acid, Profhilo is injected into the top 3 layers of the skin and rapidly stimulates collagen production, skin elasticity and hydration.
It’s the best night’s sleep your skin will ever have!
Overall, it tightens and lifts the skin for a natural and youthful look that can be administered in various areas such as the face, neck, hands, knees, arms, abdomen and decolletage.
Desired Result: No more under eye hollowness and darkness
It has been a stressful 18 months to say the least and for many of us it’s starting to show, particularly under the eyes as it seems those bags are getting darker and heavier to carry.
Up until now, invasive surgery was the only remedy for eye bag removal.
Now new techniques have been developed to restore lost volume and reduce dark circles between the lower eyelid and cheek.
The Fix: Tear trough fillers
The tweakment is a series of small injections of hyaluronic acid-based filler, which adds volume to soft tissue in the eye area.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance which occurs naturally in the skin and delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture, softness and adds volume.
Tear trough fillers also reduce fine lines and wrinkles as they boost collagen production by hydrating from the inside.
The natural-looking results show an instantly revived and refreshed appearance with no down time and minimal side effects.
Desired Result: Younger looking skin
After over a year of staring at our faces on Zoom, many people have started to notice that their skin looks lifeless and a little older than it did before, perhaps some wrinkles have crept in.
Yet, many people are put off by the thought of something so dramatic as a face lift. The main aim is for tighter, more youthful and glowing skin without surgical intervention.
The Fix: Fraxel® laser resurfacing
If you feel your skin is prematurely ageing, has suffered the effects of the sun, air pollution, stress, acne scarring, or fatigue, Fraxel® laser resurfacing can effectively treat damaged skin without surgery.
This laser treatment can reduce fine lines and wrinkles (such as crow’s feet and brow lines) and overall improve the texture and tone of your skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
This safe and effective laser resurfacing treatment uses energy from the laser to stimulate the growth of healthy new skin cells which replace old, damaged cells and can be applied to the face, neck, décolletage, hands and arms.
Needles Need Nurses
The past year has had an impact on the most popular treatments, with working from home and many people experiencing zoom face.
Whether you’re looking to feel more confident in your skin or take back the years that the pandemic has aged us by, it’s important to remember that when it comes to injectable tweakments, it’s important to consult with a highly trained nurse or doctor for the safest results.