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The right tools We discover the anti-ageing secrets of the Liquid Lift™

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f you want to do a job properly you rarely use just one tool to do it. This is true whether you are talking about home improvements or facial aesthetics. The final, most aesthetically pleasing, result will often be down to a combination of factors, not just one. As such many physicians within the medical aesthetics speciality, which is often described as an art, readily embrace the idea of combination treatments, using a variety of the tools at their disposal to reach the desired effect. One such treatment is the Liquid Lift™. The term Liquid Lift™ was coined to describe the non-surgical face-lifting effect achieved when using a selection of Restylane products as a complete anti-ageing solution. Restyalne has one of the widest varieties of products in its portfolio, each designed for different indications. Restylane Lipp was specifically created for lip enhacement, Restylane Vital for skin rejuvenation, Restylane for moderate facial lines, Restylane Touch for fine and superficial lines, Restylane PerAestheticMedicine

lane for deep lines and facial contouring and Restylane Sub-Q for replacing fat loss and contouring of the chin and cheeks. For the practitioner the benefit of being able to use a variety of different products from the same family is simple, according to Dr Tracey Bell, “It is imperative that I have a selection of different products in order to treat different areas. With the Q-Med family I have an answer for everything." She adds, "More and more women, and an increasing number of men, wish that their faces reflect the age they feel rather than the age they are. They are looking for a subtle look, a gentle lift to the brow, lines to be smoothed but not to the detriment of facial expression, lips to look a little fuller but still natural and soft. Apart from the fact that many of these effects cannot be achieved by the scalpel alone, non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as Restylane, are far more accessible in terms of cost. The average cost of a face-lift will cover a considerable array of non-surgical treatments and leave you money to spare to sustain the effect.” 21


treatment spotlight Case study 1 Name: Juliet Bentley Age: 42 Occupation: Business woman – finance industry Indications: Deepening nose to mouth lines Flattening of cheeks, loss of volume in the malar fat pad Reduction in shape and definition in the lips Treatment: n Restylane Lipp along the vermilion border to give a more sculpted and sensuous look n Restylane Perlane along the nasolabial lines to soften their appearance n Restylane Sub-Q to restore lost volume in the upper half of the face and IMAGES FROM THE TOP: Juliet before treatment (front profile) Juliet after the Liquid Lift™ (front profile) Juliet before treatment (side profile) Juliet after the Liquid Lift™ (side profile)

create cheeks to give an overall youthful shape to the face Juliet is a very busy business woman, working in the finance industry and living a hectic life. In her industry, looks are important. “I noticed in my late 30s that my skin was losing its elasticity and my facial appearance was succumbing to the pull of gravity,” she says. “This really had an adverse effect on my self-esteem and I began to feel less confident about my looks. No matter how many cosmetic creams I tried, none seem to address this dragging down effect. “Fortunately my work brought me into contact with Dr Bell at Age Perfecting Treatments. I was impressed by her immediate assessment of the problem – I was losing my youthful appearance because my skin was

losing its elasticity and volume. This was something that no number of creams, lotions or potions could prevent. Whilst I am not adverse to the idea of plastic surgery at some time in the future, I did not feel that at 42, that the time had come to succumb to the scalpel. Besides I am so busy, I just cannot fit down-time into my schedule. “Dr Bell explained that volume could be restored in my skin and my looks refreshed and revitalised by using the Restylane range of treatments. "Restylane appealed to me because it has a very natural mode of action and more importantly, its safety and efficacy is clinically proven with a substantial body of evidence amassed over 10 years. “I had a number of Restylane treatment sessions

with Tracy. I loved how I could see the results immediately. It meant that I was able to be very involved in the process. Dr Bell urged a sensible, less is more approach. With Restylane you can always pop back for a bit more so you can feel your way. The treatment experience was fine – mild discomfort at best. I had a dental anaesthetic to numb my lips – so I did not feel a thing. “I love my new sensuous lips – although they were nicely shaped to begin with. For me, Restylane Lipp has done just the trick. "I wanted a more sculpted look – the Angelina Jolie effect. They have made me feel really sexy and confident about my looks again. “I am absolutely ecstatic about how Restylane has totally revitalised my looks at the hands of Dr Bell.”

Case study 2 Name: Karen Hope Age: 45 Occupation: Property developer and small business owner. Mother of four and grandmother Indications: Thinning top lip, loss of volume, loss of shape Frown lines at bridge of nose (glabella lines) Deepening nose to mouth lines Flattening of cheeks, loss of volume in the malar fat pad Treatment: n Restylane Lipp along the vermilion border to give a more sculpted look and also to the body of the lip to add a subtle fullness n Restylane along the nasolabial lines to

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soften their appearance and Restylane in the glabella lines to diminish their appearance n Restylane Sub-Q to restore lost volume in the upper half of the face Karen is a busy mother, grandmother and business woman. Having devoted years to raising four children, now aged 15-27, Karen felt that now was the time to spend some time on herself. The busy years have taken their toll, and Karen felt that her face was starting to lose its shape and youthful volume, with her mid-face looking particularly flat. Dr Bell used Restylane Lipp to give a more sculpted look to Karen’s lips to

enhance their natural good shape. A touch of Restylane Lipp was also added to the body of the lip to add a natural fullness and diminish the appearance of lines in the lips. A dental block was used to numb the lips which meant that Karen felt comfortable throughout the treatment. “I love my new lips,” Karen comments. “Restylane Lipp has really enhanced their shape to give me a soft and sensuous look – just the natural enhancement that I was seeking. They have made me feel quite glamorous again! I love experimenting with different coloured lipsticks and glosses now. “I used to have great cheekbones but they seemed

to have disappeared over the years. Dr Bell was fantastic and reassured me that Restylane Sub-Q would restore the lost volume in my cheeks to provide the subtle enhancement that I was seeking. "She was absolutely right and I love the way that Restylane Sub-Q has given me a mid face-lift to restore my cheeks to their former glory. “People keep telling me that I am looking good, that I look really well. Nobody can believe that I have grandchildren! " PICTURES: TOP: Karen before treatment bottom: karen after the Liquid Lift™

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Case study 3 Name: Lynn Sephton Age: 45 Occupation: Beauty therapist/Salon owner Indications: Thinning top lip, loss of volume, loss of shape Frown lines at bridge of nose (glabella lines) Deepening nose to mouth lines Flattening of cheeks, loss of volume in the malar fat pad because of sudden weight loss

TOP: Lynn before treatment (front profile) ABOVE: Lynn after the Liquid Lift™

Treatment: n Restylane Lipp along the vermilion border to give a more sculpted look and also to the body of the lip to add a subtle fullness n Restylane Perlane along the nasolabial lines to soften their appearance and smooth n Restylane in the glabella lines to diminish their appearance n Restylane Sub-Q to restore lost volume in the upper half of the face and create cheeks to give an overall youthful shape to the face Lynn is bursting with energy now she has lost over six stone in weight with the LighterLife programme. Losing this weight has transformed her life and caused her to look afresh at her appearance. Whilst she loves being much slimmer and being able to wear sexier clothes, the sudden weight loss had given her face a saggy look as she lost the fat in her skin. “Having worked so hard and followed my weight loss programme so diligently, I looked in the mirror and a strange face stared back at me” she explains. “The weight loss had actually aged my looks. Not feeling ready for a face-lift, I consulted Dr Bell. She assured me that there was much that could be achieved non-surgically using Restylane which would restore the lost volume in my skin to give me a non-surgical face-lift. “My treatments were carried out over a number of appointments. The treatment itself was surprisingly pain free. I had a local anaesthetic for Restylane Lipp and Restylane SubQ to enhance my lips and restore the loss of volume in my mid face. My face felt a little tender and a little uncomfortable the first night, and there was post treatment swelling but it soon settled down and I would have no hesitation in returning for a treatment top-up when the time is right. “I can’t believe the difference having beautiful lips has made – I feel quite glamorous again. Even my daughter, my fiercest critic, is very impressed! “People keep telling me that I am looking good, that I look really well which is precisely the reaction I wanted. My skin is noticeably brighter and fresher – the youthful bloom has been restored – I look better now than I have done for years. "Restylane has given me a real boost to my confidence and totally refreshed my looks – the years have lifted away and I feel fantastic.”

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Discovering the anti-ageing secrets of the Liquid Lift™