EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS A UNIQUE LIP SHAPE THAT LENDS ITSELF TO DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES.
ONE METHOD TRENDING ON RIGHT NOW IS THE RUSSIAN LIP TECHNIQUE.
What are “Russian Lips”?
This specific technique will shape the lips into a subtle heart shape with more volume near the center, much like a Russian doll. It tends to lift the lip rather than add excessive volume so it’s ideal for lip filler newbies or those seeking a natural finish. You will also notice a ‘flatter’ appearance as height is the goal, rather than plumpness. (Although both can be achieved if that is what you desire!)
The technique demands an artist’s touch so it’s even more important to find a trustworthy injector.
How is the Russian Lip technique different?
Unlike traditional lip filler, an injector employing the Russian Lip technique injects the product vertically starting at the base of the lip and drawing the product outward toward the lip border. Rather than starting from the lip border and working inward, the injector works the product from the inside out.
How much does the Russian Lip cost?
Russian lips cost a little more than traditional lip filler and depend on how much much filler is used.
How long does the Russian Lip technique take?
The Russian Lip technique takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes, including prep time.
How long do Russian Lips last?
At Harbour Medispa Hamilton your premium brand hyaluronic acid lip filler will typically last 9-12 months, with touch-ups recommended every 6 months on average but it depends on many factors both intrinsic and extrinsic. Ask for more information at your consultation appointment.
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Harbour Medispa experienced injectors are proud to offer this technique at our Hamilton location.
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Guide To Wrinkle Injections in your 20’s, 30’s & 40’s
In your 20s: Think prejuvenation
Prejuvenation refers to slowing aging before it sets in. The facial muscles that cause wrinkles can be trained to move less, preventing wrinkles from etching their way into the skin. Most aging prevention is in skin protection, skincare and collagen induction treatments but 72 percent of the industry saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under age 30. This is a significant increase while injectables are increasing in popularity, many young patient procedures went for rhinoplasty or nose jobs.
In your 30s: Smooth fine lines
Your thirties are often marked by many personal and career milestones and it can be the decade you first start to see fine lines developing between your brows. Regularly receiving neuromodulator injections every 3 to 6 months will help slow the development of those pesky 11’s, softening them and preventing them from getting deeper.
“Injectables are the most impactful treatment when you have little to no downtime in your schedule. When performed by an experienced injector, the results can be subtle but transformative,” “The best part about injections is that they are safe and appropriate any time of year.”
In your 40s: Curtail crow’s feet
When in your 40s, for many, this means the appearance of crows’ feet around the eyes. People seek out cosmetic procedures to stay competitive in the workforce and to look as young as they feel. But a natural-looking outcome is paramount for patients, with 41 percent stating a fear of looking unnatural as their top concern when considering cosmetic enhancements.
There is one major warning. Avoid discounted daily deals and being treated by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. “When it comes to any facial cosmetic procedure, including injections, always trust your face to a qualified and experienced medical practitioner who has additional training in cosmetic procedures,” says Dr. Langsdon.
By now you probably know that we use cosmetic medicine (called Anti-wrinkle medicine in Australia) for so much more than just the dreaded lines between your brows or deep creases in your forehead. One of the most common requests I get is for ‘brow lift’ injections, and we cosmetic practitioners can do just that. However, sometimes a patient will come back ask for a little bit more, so the brows will go even higher. And that’s the myth!
Anti Wrinkle injections don’t actually lift the eyebrows.
I know, I seem to be contradicting the above paragraph before this one. Yes, we use anti-wrinkle to do brow lifts….but anti-wrinkle doesn’t actually lift the brows. Follow me now:
Anti wrinkle medicine works by stopping muscle movement.
Some muscles pull the eyebrows down (the orbicularis oculi and the corrugator muscles). Other muscles pull the eyebrows up (the frontalis muscles). These muscle groups work against each other. Anti-wrinkle medicine can’t make a muscle stronger, right? It can only make it (temporarily) weaker. So when we do a cosmetic brow lift, we put the medicine in the muscles that pull the eyebrows down. That lets the upward-pulling muscles do their job unopposed.
The Potential Problem
So it figures that anti-wrinkle medication then will weaken the brow depressors, which allows the brow lifters to do their job without having to work against those depressors. But what if you don’t have a strong lifter muscle (frontalis)–what if you frontalis muscles just aren’t very powerful and can’t pull your brows up much, even when unopposed?
Or what if your eyebrow position is so low that your lifter muscles (frontalis) just can’t work hard enough to get them up where you want them?
Adding more antiwrinkle injections won’t fix either of those problems. And that’s when a surgical browlift might be a good option for you.
Please don’t read this and assume cosmetic nurses don’t LOVE a great brow lift! WE DO, very much, and I do it often! And I love that it’s a great option for a lot of people, however, every now especially if you are over 50, it’s good to revisit the anatomy and explain how things work. Likewise, alert you as to why I might mention a surgical option to some of you when you’ve “just come in for a brow lift”. Options are good to have and understand.
The No-BS Guide to Getting Natural-Looking Cosmetic Injectables
Everything you need to know about how a clinic will fix your wrinkles and give you back your youth
Inevitably, everyone will have a moment like this: You’re working on a new eyeliner trick or you catch a glimpse of yourself in different lighting. You look closer.
Are those the faint lines of crow’s feet? Have the “11’s” officially taken up residence between your brows? You might shrug it off. After all, wrinkles give us character. But if you’re bothered by a Perma frown or anything else, it’s nice to know you’ve got options. Antiwrinkle and filler injectables are amongst the best of them. And when done right, the results look glorious.
Join us on an information deep dive for everything you need to know to avoid uneven brows, dramatic unnatural results, and frozen faces.
What do Face injections even do to my face?
If you’ve ever wondered how cosmetic injectables wrangle wrinkles, here are the deets.
Brand X (there a few options and each clinic will have their preference) is the brand name of botulinum toxin, and it’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum is found in plants, soil, water to name a few things. This chemical blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, causing muscle paralysis that lasts for several months. By the muscle not moving, you will not be stretching the skin and making more lines and wrinkles in that area. It’s as simple as that!
Botulinum is a potent substance that affects the nervous system but fear not! it is completely safe when used to minimize wrinkles, as it’s administered in super small doses. It’s often used in large doses to treat some medical conditions. The muscle paralysis effect is how an antiwrinkle injection reduces the crinkling and wrinkling that naturally happens when we make certain expressions (and simply, aging). In some cases, it may even prevent further creasing.
For the sake of beauty, is it actually safe?
That all sounds a little freaky, right? We’re talking about an injection with poisonous origins, and it’s being injected into faces all over the world!
Yes! However scientific researchers consider this to be extremely safe. It is even safer when compared to other, more-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Before you get your face jabs, make sure you read up on your clinic
1. How to choose the right clinic
Face injections are currently the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in Australia. That means there are a lot of cosmetic clinics out there and it’s up to you to choose the right one.
First check website and social media to see if your clinic’s work matches your desired aesthetic. Think of it in much the same way you would if getting a tattoo, you’d take a good look at the artist’s portfolio, right? Do the same with a cosmetic clinic to fix your face.
Secondly, look at their previous before and after results, then read online reviews about the clinic you are planning to visit.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, schedule a consultation to see if their philosophy aligns with yours. It’s your face, your budget, your decision, you have to choose your provider.
If you feel pressured by a provider, walk away — and fast. Finding a cosmetic clinic for your face is about finding a skilled practitioner who listens to your concerns and desires and does not push you into treatments you are not comfortable with. Your cosmetic clinic needs to be your collaborator in helping you achieve your goals, not dictate your goals to you.
Finding the right Cosmetic Clinic
Consider credentials and experience
Research the clinic’s previous work
Check online reviews
Meet the practitioner face to face for a consultation
Does their philosophy align with your goals?
2. Make a treatment plan with your Cosmetic Clinic
When you’ve settled on a clinic, make a treatment plan with them in your consultation. Remember that your face is unique and attached to a unique individual. That means that your facial treatment plan will be different than your bestie’s.
The most important part of creating any plan for your face is understanding your goals and establishing realistic expectations, and depending on your goals, you may need to visit the clinic up a few times a year for different treatments. Your face cosmetic clinic should outline all your options, including treatments not related to anti-wrinkle injections, treatments such as skin needling which are collagen stimulating treatments.
Once you share your skin and face goals, the clinic should consider your age and look closely at the depth of your facial creases. Most clinics prefer to use neurotoxin to treat fine wrinkles. For deeper set lines in the face, filler is most often used and could be used alongside additional procedures such as skin boosters to achieve a person’s desired aesthetic.
Your skin clinic should also evaluate all your dynamic muscle movements. In regard to forehead lines, for example, the clinic will see how a patient looks with eyebrows raised, at rest, and with eyes closed.
Please note, there are some people who have genetically heavy eyelids who compensate by keeping their eyebrows raised all the time, having anti-wrinkle injections to the forehead can weaken these muscles and prevent the compensatory raise. As a result, the person would feel like their lids are even heavier – not a desired aesthetic. Choose wisely and make a comsetic treatment plan.
How to create your face cosmetic plan
What are your goals?
Can your goals be achieved with antiwrinkle and filler treatments?
Consider your age
Discuss skin needling and other facial treatments
Consider your budget
Discuss lifestyle factors
Think about your lifestyle and talk to the cosmetic clinic about how it impacts your skin. Aging occurs because of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Our genes, ethnicity, and even certain medical conditions are intrinsic, and we don’t have control over them. We have more control over extrinsic factors, like air pollution, sun exposure, stress or smoking.
Educating the patient about the different types of aging and having a candid discussion about their particular habits, environmental exposures, as well as their diet and lifestyle choices will help you clinic guide the plan, maximize the benefits, and optimize the results.
What’s the right age to get Face Injections?
Although the time frame will be different for everyone, most medical professionals recommend antiwrinkle treatment to the face when those fine lines appear and start to bother you. You’ll know!
In our 30s, our skin cell turnover and our collagen production begins to slow down and this is generally when many of us begin to see the signs of aging. Some people might choose to get preventative facial injections before then and that does have merit. Please be aware if you are under 18 years of age you are unable to obtain treatments in most clinics in Australia.
To find out what Harbour Medispa’s facial cosmetic treatments or to book your obligation free cosmetic consultation. We are 3km out of the city in a quiet, leafy environment with easy and plentiful free parking. Contact us for an appointment.