Spring – the weather may not look like it yet, but we’re anticipating the new season!
With Spring, the word ‘glow’ comes to mind – there is a certain radiance about the season, brighter colours, warmer weather and longer days.
Here’s the question though – what about helping patients find their glow?
You can bet when your patients seek treatment, part of the motivation is to maintain or claim back their ‘youthfulness’.
We can all agree a person’s smile is definitely key when it comes to having that all important ‘youthful glow’.
Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines are an increasingly popular area for filler treatment and if done right, the result can instantly give the patient that ‘glowing’ effect that they are most likely after.
Dr Michael Aicken (DR Founder) wrote an article on this very topic for the Aesthetics Journal, outlining the cause of Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines and how best to treat.
He says –
“Think of the nasolabial or marrionette lines as a comet, with the top end, where we administer bolus injections as the ‘head’ of the comet and the rest of the lines where we use linear injections, as the ‘tail’ of the comet.”
“Dermal Revolution (DEEP) is a great option for treating nasolabial and marionette lines and folds. It can be used for bolus injections (where volume loss requires replacement), as well as cross-hatching (when some lift is needed) and deep linear injections with marionette or nasolabial lines.” – Dr Michael Aicken
Lipstick or ‘smoker’s’ lines can be tricky to treat.
They are relatively difficult to access because the nose gets in the way, and it’s difficult to get yourself and the patient into a comfortable position so that you can concentrate on the treatment itself AND when you’re finished, initially, the lines may look worse than when you started!
So how do you do it?
Lipstick line filler gives ok results if done well. It’s tricky. I recommend using strong anaesthetic gel as it’s a tender area. It can also bruise; remember that each time you insert the needle, you cause more trauma. If the lines are below the nose, approach from below if the lines are lateral to the nose, approach from above.
USE A MAX OF 0.4 ML FOR TOP LIP LIPSTICK LINES.
If you try a treating a line twice and it still hasn’t lifted, it’s probably better to leave it rather than risk giving them a thickened top lip. Avoid injecting into the lip (i.e. Below the vermilion border), to save on causing unnecessary swelling. Mould the area afterwards to limit the lumps that you leave behind. Be aware, and advise the patient before you start, that initially the lines may look WORSE as they will be highlighted by pink / redness, from the injections themselves. Reassure the patient that on covering with their regular makeup regimen the following day, the true effect of treatment will be seen.
I use Dermal Revolution (DERM) now for lipstick lines, but again, remember that no-matter what product you use, apply a strong anaesthetic gel liberally before beginning!
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