• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

Facts about Dermal Filler Sculptra Butt Lift

Do you feel frustrated with your sagging behind? One of the greatest innovations in cosmetic enhancement is called Sculptra Butt Lift, a surgery-free method to enhance or augment the buttocks.

Childbirth, age and lifestyle habits can have a huge effect on your derriere. Sometimes, no matter how many hours you spent at the gym, gravity still takes a toll. If you are in search for a little help in this area with less downtime, consider this non-invasive treatment Sculptra Butt Lift.

A minimally-invasive procedure, Sculptra Butt Lift shouldn’t be used as a substitute for fat grafting or butt implants. It is intended for patients who wishes a subtle lift, some contouring, a modest volume increase and an improvement in the texture of their buttock area.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler used for treatment facial volume loss. Composed of poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra works by replacing lost collagen and working well to lessen wrinkles on the face. The product has been used widely all over the world since 1999 and the treatment has been done on more than 200,000 patients in over 30 countries.

Through a series of treatments done over a number of months, Sculptra is administered directly into the target area. It will gradually stimulate collagen and fill up the depleted tissue. The results of Sculptra may last up to two years. It will eventually be harmlessly absorbed by your body.

The good news is, aside from smoothing the face, Sculptra can also work wonders on the butt. Without the complication and expense of a surgical butt lift, you can definitely notice comparable results.

Sculptra butt lift can be given for patients who desire to have more volume in their buttocks, those with sagging or flat buttocks and even healthy patients with realistic expectations.

How the Sculptra Butt Lift Works

For the preparation, the buttocks are numbed and iced to reduce discomfort and swelling. Each treatment can be done within an hour. Patients will notice immediately changes in the appearance of their buttocks.

The best results can be achieved after2 to 4 treatments, with at least 3 weeks in between treatments. As the Sculptra works, you’ll start to see a change to your behind. Your enhanced buttocks will appear much fuller than before, improving your natural curves.

After the procedure, you will have some home instructions for post-operative care. Follow these instructions carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to ask after the appointment. If it’s necessary, we can schedule any follow-up treatments before you’re discharged.

Initial side effects of Sculptra treatment include minor swelling, bruising or bumps. A quick massage is performed on the treated area to spread the product evenly. If you are concerned about the side effects of Sculptra, you may ask for more details during your consultation.

5 Useful Tips for Wrinkle reduction and Dermal Filler Injectables First Timers

Injectables such as Wrinkle reduction treatment , Radiesse, Juvederm, Dysport and Restylane are great options to safely and effectively reverse some common signs of facial aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin, hollow areas on the cheeks, temples and eyes; and thinning lips. The rise of dermal fillers and neurotoxins over the recent years made more and more women, including men, consider this treatment option. These treatments are relatively painless, with little to no downtime and offer immediate results that can last for several months.

If you are considering these injectables for the first time, below are the five tips to keep in mind to achieve only the best possible result.

Research about injectables

With the growing market of facial injectables, there are plenty of neurotoxins and dermal fillers offered in the market, each addressing unique concerns. For example, hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are excellent in restoring the plumpness and moisture of the skin by drawing water to the treated area. The neurotoxin Wrinkle reduction treatment or Dysport can effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing specific facial muscles.

It is very important that first-timers understand how each injectables work and knowing the expected results. But, when it comes to choosing the right filler for your unique needs, your best source of knowledge will be your treatment provider. If you choose an experienced injector, he should be able to tell you the best treatment plan to obtain your desired results.

Choose the right treatment provider

Like any other medical treatment or procedure, choosing the right provider is very important. When you choose who to trust, make sure every possible provider has sufficient experience in administering a wide range of injectables. He should also be properly licensed.

Another way to get to know a prospective provider is to read testimonials and reviews from past clients or look for recommendations from family or friends. Be cautious of clinics that offer too-good-to-be-true rates. Although deep discounts might look appealing, usually low pricing stems from a provider’s desperation to find new patients or perhaps lack of experience.

Think about maintenance

The effects of injectables often takes several months. Eventually, they will wear off. Results may last from four months to even three years depending on the injectable used and the area injected. Remember that in order to maintain your youthful appearance, periodic treatment maintenance is necessary.

Follow doctor’s orders – always

Always follow all the instruction given by your doctor before and after the procedure. Failure to do the instructions such as avoiding aspirin before the treatment or exercising after can make a huge difference between a stellar and not-so-stellar result.

Think about the recovery time

Although injectables has little to no downtime, some patients still experience slight bruising or swelling right after the treatment. This effects will eventually disappear after several days or a week. It is advised to allow a full week of recovery before joining any activities or events. Keep in mind that certain injectables require some time before achieving the full effects. Dermal fillers have more immediate results while Wrinkle reduction treatment may take up to two weeks to fully take effect.

2 Types of Wrinkles and How to Treat Them

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Most people see wrinkles or facial lines the same way – the nasty effects of aging, but did you know that there are different types of wrinkles?

Wrinkles can be classified into two categories – the dynamic wrinkles and the static wrinkles. Each has unique root causes and appears in a distinct manner. For each type to be properly addressed, both requires different type of treatments.

To know more, below is a brief overview of the 2 types of wrinkles: dynamic and static wrinkles.

Types of Wrinkles – Dynamic Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles form from repetitive facial movements such as smiling, squinting, frowning, crying and puckering of the lips. Dynamic wrinkles appears after many years of muscle movement, which naturally causes wrinkling of the skin.

This type of wrinkle form in facial areas where there is greater movements such as between the eyebrows, across the forehead, around the mouth and around the eye corners.

How to Treat Dynamic wrinkles

The most popular treatment for dynamic wrinkles is Wrinkle reduction treatment , an effective injectable treatment derived from a neurotoxin that can relax the facial muscles causing wrinkles and facial lines. It is very popular because it is minimally invasive and require no down time. The effect of Wrinkle reduction treatment usually lasts 4 to 6 months from the initial treatment date.

Types of Wrinkles – Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles form due to a natural loss of collagen, elasticity and tissue volume, which results from the natural facial aging. Among these factors, the leading cause off static wrinkles is the loss of skin collagen. Collagen is an important protein that supports the entire framework of the skin. As you age, your normal production of collagen starts to slow down and the other existing collagen starts to break down. The continual pull of gravity along with the decrease in collagen level can take a toll on your face, with the creation of furrows and folds.

Static wrinkles commonly appear between the mouth or nose, and cheeks. The nasolabial folds are the most common area to show static wrinkles. But it is possible for static wrinkles to develop in almost anywhere on the face.

How to Treat Static Wrinkles

Perhaps the best way to correct static wrinkles is with dermal fillers – a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that can instantly smoothen face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Today, dermal fillers can provide patients with complete facial rejuvenation, providing patients with a fresh, radiant and youthful look.

Dermal fillers offers instant results, with little to zero downtime. In fact, you can easily undergo a full filler rejuvenation during their lunch break. The results of filler usually lasts between 8 months and 2 years, but this depends on the amount and type of filler used and the area where it is injected.

Why More People are Opting Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Using Fillers

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Today, non-surgical rhinoplasty is gaining huge popularity. A few years ago, it was relatively new but now, in-office procedure is becoming more commonplace.

Nose jobs, also known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most popular plastic surgery in the UK, but many people that would want to enhance the appearance of their nose simply can’t afford it. That is until doctors begin getting creative of dermal fillers.

What is Non-Surgical Nose job?

Also known as liquid rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job aims to change the shape of the nose through the use of injectable fillers. Liquid rhinoplasty can improve the size, shape and in some cases, position of the nasal tip, hide the bump and straighten the nose.

However, liquid rhinoplasty isn’t for everyone. It can only be used to fill depression or hollows. It cannot remove the bump or make the nose look small. An examination and consultation is very important to determine if you are a qualified candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty.

What Product is Used in Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse and Restylane can all be used for non-surgical rhinoplasty. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the ideal injectable formula for liquid rhinoplasty.

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These products are the easiest to shape and mild. They can be completely removed within 24 hours if you desired to inject another medication. Further, they don’t interfere with future rhinoplasty.

Does It Hurt?

A topical anesthetic medication is applied on the skin before the injection. In addition, the filler contains a numbing medication mixed to it to make the nose numb as the procedure progresses. The numbing effect will last for one hour.

How Does Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Work?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty using hyaluronic acid filler can be done within 15 minutes after having your initial consultation.

The filler is injected in different parts of the nose depending on problem you want to correct. Many people prefer liquid rhinoplasty to disguise a hump on the nose bridge, reshape the tip of increase the height of the bridge.

What to Expect?

  1. The doctor will prepare the area with a topical anesthesia.
  2. Filler is injected.
  3. The doctor will massage the area once it’s been injected to shape it and mold it in place.

What are the Instructions After the Procedure?

The best part about non-surgical nose job is that you can actually reverse the procedure if you do not like the results or if you decide to get a surgical rhinoplasty. Your doctor will use a hyaluronidase enzyme to dissolve the fillers.

  1. Gently apply cold therapy using ice pack to your nose for the first 24 hours as tolerated.
  2. For the first 24 hours, keep the head of the bed elevated. Use two pillows to elevate your head slightly higher than your heart.
  3. For the first two weeks, don’t apply pressure, massage your nose or push your nose.
  4. You can wear makeup or any cosmetics anytime.
  5. You can get your nose wet, through swimming or shower, immediately.

Using Dermal Filler for Earlobe Rejuvenation

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Have you noticed that your earlobes look deflated and are not nicely shaped as they once were? Some clients feel their earlobe look unpleasant after years of wearing heavy earrings. Aging is inevitable and most people are so focused on restoring and rejuvenating the youthful appearance of their face that they often overlook other important areas such as the hands, chest, neck and even earlobes.

Gravity, weight of the earrings and volume loss take a toll on our ears, causing the earlobes to sag and the skin stretched out. People who have sagging earlobes and seeking ways to correct or experienced an adversely reaction to ear piercing may find themselves looking for ways to restore the beauty of their ears.

Stretched out piercings and sagging earlobes can be improved with dermal filler injections. Skin Hampshire can tailor a dermal filler treatment plan to firm up and reshape your ears.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Earlobe Rejuvenation

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Many surgical procedures can repair this issue but most people prefer non-surgical option through dermal filler injections. Depending on the client’s condition, the doctor may use one of the following dermal fillers for earlobe rejuvenation.

  1. Juvederm
  2. Radiesse
  3. Sculptra
  4. Restylane



Dermal fillers is injected into the earlobe using a fine needle to smoothen out creases and lines, add volume to the sagging skin and reduce the appearance of stretched out piercings. Although the injection are pain-free in general, the doctor can apply a topical anesthetic cream to the skin before the injection to lessen the discomfort.

After the procedure, you may notice some swelling, redness and/or bruising after the injection, but this should not last for more than two days. Earlobe rejuvenation may last 6 months up to a year. You can also wear earrings after the treatment. Dermal fillers usually last longer in the earlobes since there is no dynamic muscle movement unlike in the face.

Most patients will only need one treatment session for earlobe rejuvenation, but a second session may give better results. Dermal filler injections are generally sage when done by an expert injector.

Most patients seeking for total restoration and rejuvenation have a combination of procedures performed together. For example, you can get your earlobe rejuvenation using dermal fillers and at the same time with Wrinkle reduction Injectionto lessen frown lines in a single treatment session. You can discuss your rejuvenation needs with our doctor during the consultation so that we can develop the best course of action for you.

If you have noticed that your ear piercings are stretched out, your earlobes are starting to sage and lines are beginning to form, you may be a candidate for earlobe rejuvenation using dermal filler. Contact us by calling 07 720 621 060 to schedule a consultation.

The Benefits of Dermal Filler for Cleft Chin

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When talking about chin surgery, most people think about how to make their chin bigger through chin implants or fat injections but an equally significant thing to consider is how to tone down an overly prominent chin. Under this category, one common procedure for when it comes to chin enhancement is how to correct an excessive, deep chin cleft.

Studies show that genetics cause the appearance of chin dimples or cleft chin deformity. Other names of cleft chin are:

  • Butt chin
  • Chin cleft
  • Dimple chin

What Causes Cleft Chin?

Before discussing how to correct a chin dimple, let us first talk about what causes it in the first place.

Many people think that a cleft chin is associated to how the chin bone looks. Below is an image showing what the chin bone actually looks like.

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Having a prominent cleft chin is believed to have a deep indentation in the middle of the chin bone, but it turns out that the chin bone usually have that prominent groove. The truth is, the mentalis muscle, the muscle that appears around the jawbones, fails to close at the chin, hence leaving a gap.

People with cleft chin have either a very thick mentalis muscles that create a ‘valley’ between the muscles, and/or a wide space between mentalis muscles.

Is a Cleft Chin Attractive?

People have different views on the cleft chin. Some feel it improves a person’s appearance while others find it ugly. A cleft chin is technically regarded as a flaw but numerous popular celebrities who have this facial feature are considered attractive and good looking.

Unlike cheek dimples, which represents youthfulness and innocence, a chin dimple is regarded by most women as contentious as they think having such is more masculine than feminine.

How to Correct a Prominent Cleft Chin through Dermal Fillers

There are a number of ways to enhance the appearance of the deep cleft chin. One of the most popular and most straightforward ways is to use dermal fillers to fill in the chin dimple. This can be done quickly in the doctor’s clinic and only takes a few minutes.

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse can be used. However, this method is not permanent. This requires repeated application and may last from 6 months to a year.

There are permanent treatment options available which includes changing the chin bone itself or addressing the separation of the chin muscles surgically. One important thing to consider is that it’s too complicated to completely alter a very prominent cleft chin through surgery alone. This is because it’s important to avoid changing the chin when working with the chin muscles. The goal is to have a natural looking and subtle chin result. Hence, surgeons are limited to how they can modify the chin muscles toward the midline.

The most dermal fillers can do for cleft chin is to make it less visible. It is impossible to eliminate chin dimple even with surgery. But there are other ways to hide It. Women can use makeup to make it less obvious. While men can gro beard to hide the gap between their chin.

Create the Perfect Chin with Dermal Fillers

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Ever felt that your chin isn’t symmetrical? Not prominent enough? Perhaps you felt that it’s not in balance with the rest of your face. Fortunately, there is a non-surgical solution for people who want to enhance their chin. Chin enhance can now be done using dermal fillers to improve the visual balance of your chin or appear more prominent.

What is Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement?

A chin augmentation is a type of treatment that can alter the contours of the chin using dermal filler injection. These fillers can add volume to the chin area, looking more prominent. This procedure can subtly improve the appearance of the chin area. For most male patient, they can request for a more chiselled chin, while women can ask for a softer contours.

How it Works?

Your chin can be improved by injecting dermal filler. Injected material fills the skin volume, plumping the chin area and at the same time, changing the contour of the chin. There are several types of dermal fillers that can be used – permanent, semi-permanent and non-permanents.

Between the three types, the most common is the non-permanent as its effect is temporary and can easily be reversed. Permanent filler must be removed surgically. Each type of filler varies on how it creates volume under the skin and the duration of its effect. Chin enhancement using non-permanent filler usually lasts up to 6 months. Your chin will gradually go back to its pre-treatment appearance. Most patients prefer getting regular injections for keeping their enhanced chin.

Non-surgical chin enhancement is first done by applying anaesthetic cream on the chin area. Then a fine needle is injected to introduce small amounts of filler into the area. Dermal filler must be administered in small injection to make sure the treatment is evenly distributed.

Chin augmentation has become a popular quick rejuvenation treatment as patients can go back to work or return home immediately after the treatment. There’s no bandages and no downtime in this procedure.

Who are the best candidates for non-surgical chin enhancement?

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Suitable candidates for chin enhancement procedure are adults who desires to have a symmetrical contours of their chins. Chins that become less prominent due to weight loss and aging, those with asymmetries who want to correct, or people who wants to achieve a chiselled look, can benefit from chin enhancement injections. This treatment is suitable for men and women who are in good health.

What Happens After I Get Dermal Fillers?

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You are done with your dermal filler procedure? Now, what’s next? What will happen? How long will this last? These are only a few common question you may ask after you got your dermal filler injection.

Read below to know what to expect right after the treatment and what happens during healing.

After the Dermal Filler Procedure

After the procedure, expect to have slight bruises and mild pain on the punctured marks for a few days. The pain should diminish after a few days but you can take pain relievers if you feel uncomfortable.

The best way to minimize the pain is to try not to move the face but not talking too much, twisting your face or straining your eyes as the muscles are still weak and the injected area will only further aggravate the pain.

Simply wash your face with soft luke warm flannel as warm application increases healing process by speeding up blood flow. This will also keep your skin fresh and moisturized. The longest duration you’ll experience pain is up to a week or in rare cases, up to two weeks.

Take note that the improvements on your face – the wrinkle-free face; softer, smoother skin and the overall sense of youth won’t last forever. Dermal filler usually last up to 6 to 9 months and thereafter, you will need a follow-up injection to maintain the look.

Healing Process with Dermal Filler

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After getting the procedure, you will directly notice and feel a more toned, less wrinkled skin. This will become more pronounced in the next 24 hours after the procedure.

After eight hours following the procedure, you will notice your skin tightening, with wrinkles filling in. Also, be ready as your skin will start to have mild swelling, with slight bruises and redness, especially in the areas that were treated. But don’t worry, as these will pass after a few days.

The dermal filler treatment can last between 6 to 9 months, without the need to use any products to lengthen its potency or effect or protect the treatment. Of course, the effect will still depend on the patient’s skin, the type of dermal filler used and the competence of the cosmetic surgeon or aesthetic specialist.

After 6 to 12 months, the effect of the filler will weaken until your skin goes back to its pre-treatment appearance. The reason why it diminishes is because the skin is not designed to hold the filler substance or collagen under the skin once natural collagen degrades.

How Long Can I Have the Filler Treatment Again?

The dermal filler treatment can be administered any time the effect of the previous treatment has degraded. On average, you will get once every nine to 12 months. Your aesthetic practitioner can inform you when you can go back for re-treatment.

It is important to consider if you need more treatment as this situation can fall into a routine – a cycle of getting the procedure every nine months because this can lead to an undesirable wear and tear on your skin.