Fillers & High-Tech Facial Treatments by Clare O’Hanlon (March Irish Beauty Magazine)

Fillers are a non-surgical procedure involving injecting a gel that’s believed to enhance people’s looks. Dermal fillers which were originally developed to treat deformities are usually injected in the cheeks, forehead, crow’s feet and nose to mouth lines to add volume to skin thinned by ageing, giving a fuller more youthful effect. The filler that is injected into the skin is usually Hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in our body. Many temporary fillers use a synthetic form, this eventually gets broken down in the body meaning it is not permanent. The specific molecular structure of hyaluronic acid penetrates into deeper skin layers with a key action of increasing the water content of the skin. Some research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. That will help reduce the number of lines and wrinkles. Fillers usually last 4 months to a year. Doctors will advise the client to get chemical peels done in conjunction as fillers do not treat pigmentation, age spots, scarring, breakouts, uneven skin tone and dull skin.

 

For those who feel nauseous at the idea of injections and needles, there are high tech facial treatments available. The Juliette Armand Skin Booster facials are designed to postpone your appointment with plastic surgery! These non-invasive treatments use technologies and new generation active ingredients to give similar results to Botox, fillers and eye lift surgery. The ‘Chronos Therapie’ is the filler replacement facial designed for forties plus and is the latest Cosmetology breakthroughs, are being used for preventing and repairing the ravages of time, without using any injection.

Hyaluronic acid is a structural element of the connective tissue of the skin and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water which gradually releases and thereby increasing the hydration of the skin. This facial increases the skin hydration by 146% using hyaluronic acid topically on the skin. Meaning the skin is plump, wrinkles are smoothed and the client experiences similar results to dermal fillers. There is also a chemical peel involved for resurfacing the skin. Depending on the client’s skin and severity of the wrinkles, one can expect brilliant results after one or a course of treatments. Chronos Therapy homecare products with hyaluronic acid serum are recommended to keep the results going in combination with Vitamin A, peptides, award winning matrixyl 3000 and Malus domestic found in the serum and cream.

 

Another high tech facial treatment worth mentioning is Micro needling, this is a minimum invasive treatment using stainless steel needles to create microscopic channels into the skin. When a vial is used before the tiny needles are rolled or used on the skin with a derma pen, the product is absorbed into the skin by 80% whereas facial products are absorbed into the skin at a mere 7%! Juliette Armand’s Ameson line has 1%, 2% or 3.5% hyaluronic acid vials and depending on your age and texture of the skin, we choose a vial most suitable to you. We also use a mild chemical peel called Mandelic acid to resurface the skin and prepare for further absorption of vials. At the same time it improves intracellar communication, reduces oxidative stress and adjusts skin oiliness through an immune reaction mechanism. Hyaluronic acid binds strongly to water, thus hydrating the skin offering volume as well as smoothing the wrinkles. Micro needling is also known as collagen induction therapy and is a long lasting treatment. Sessions of at least 3 are recommended and homecare is important to keep the results going.