What is Botox?
Botox is a common brand name abbreviated from the scientific name of the described chemical, Botulinum Toxin. Botulinum Toxin comes in a variety of different brand names. Most will do similar things although some research shows that results may vary in terms of how long the effects may last, or how quickly it will act. The key function of Botox is to temporarily stop the receptor that creates muscles to contract.
The form of Botox we use at The Melbourne Smile Centre is called Disport. Disport is a chemical that blocks the muscle receptors from working and, as a result, is able to stop certain muscles of the face from acting.
Botox is commonly used for two key purposes:
- Cosmetic facial rejuvenation – to reverse and mitigate the look of wrinkles
- Pain relief from facial muscle spasm management
What is Filler?
There are many types of fillers on the market. The one used at The Melbourne Smile Centre for facial rejuvenation is a newer generation version called Hyaluronic Acid which creates a softer, more natural result. Hyaluronic Acid is natural constituent of the facial structure and encourages hydration, so it absorbs ten times its weight in water. Therefore, not only does filler fill in a defect (such as a hollow) in the face, or enhance a structure such as lips, it also adds moisture to that particular sight which improves the overall appearance.
Fillers work to fill out or tent up hollows in the face that are naturally occurring genetically, with age or fatigue. They can also improve the look of thin crepey skin whilst filling out the hollows in the face. Common areas treated with filler include the lips, the trough under the eyes, the cheekbones, the nasolabial lines and frown lines.
What is thread lifting?
Thread lifting is a technique that has been invented in the last decade that helps to create a natural lift in the face to reverse the look of drooping or sagging of the skin that comes with ageing.
The thread lifting technique utilizes a suture which is a thread that is used often in general surgery. The thread helps to create the lift effect by utilizing specific structures incorporated into the length of the thread that, when inserted and pulled back, tent the facial planes to create a natural lift.
With this treatment option, you can target a few different areas of the face, particularly the fold between the nose and the cheek (the nasolabial fold). You can also use the suture in the frown line area (the marionette line). Thread Lifting can also be used to treat jowling which is a common effect in age whereby gravity or loss of fat in the middle third of the face causes the tissue to droop or sag there.
Ultimately, the nice thing about thread lifting is that it’s reversible. It’s done through a little point just in front of or inside the hair line so there’s no visible scarring, it doesn’t require the knife so it’s a nice step to go for before pursuing something deeper like full face lifting which is done by a surgeon plastic