When anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments first became available the aims were quite simple - we saw lines on the face and froze or filled them. The basic principle of this approach was easy to understand - less wrinkles means younger right? Or does it..?
Older techniques like this are now quite out-dated. Even to the untrained eye, the results don't look 'normal' and it's usually obvious to see that something has been done. The areas treated can look heavy and this is perceived by others as looking unnatural. But cosmetic medicine, our understanding of facial anatomy, the aging process and filler technologies have all significantly improved in the last few years.
a new approach
A gold standard approach would treat people holistically, looking at all of their features and balancing these in the correct ratio. We also need to take into account a person's age, sex and ethnicity. It may surprise you, but Dr Jake will also explore your emotional motivations for wanting a treatment, your job and ask you to prioritise your 'wants'. You might not have realised it but your job, your impending 40th birthday or even a separation from a long term partner all influence why people might initially seek cosmetic treatments.
And even if you're just wanting something simple done, it's absolutely crucial for Dr Jake to gauge other factors. Are you willing to accept some minor downtime after your treatment? How do you honestly feel about yourself and your looks? By understanding you as a person, the bespoke nature of your treatment can be fine tuned. It's time to re-write the rules of cosmetic injectables.
the total face consultation
Dr Jake will examine your entire face to devise the right treatment plan for you. Using the 'total face approach', you'll be shown that it's important to look beyond superficial wrinkles that you may have thought were your only signs of ageing.
By understanding the root causes of facial ageing, we can start to address and restore the features that you've lost over time. This is a KEY step - we won't aim to add what you never had or you may look unusual and people who know you will notice. Particular attention will be given to:
your face shape
the overall symmetry
your facial proportions
your profile view and the nose
distracting features (obvious wrinkles)
all the tissue layers - skin, fat, muscle and bone
your eyes and eyebrows
the area around your mouth and the lip shape
your jawline and chin
your upper chest skin quality (women)
Whether you have simple wrinkles or more significant signs of ageing, it's vital to understand how all of these features contribute to your overall look. If we can correct the foundations of facial ageing first, balance your proportions and then refine the finer features such as the under eye hollows, the sum of the improvements adds up to what we generically call 'beauty'.
Having been trained this way by some of the leading cosmetic doctors in the industry, Dr Jake is proud to help his clients achieve stunning results that look age-appropriate. The goal isn't to change your face, it's simply to restore a better version of you.
cutting edge injectables
The face is treated by targeting key areas to create predictable improvements. When Dr Jake examines your face, he'll quote you how much filler is likely needed per area of the face to start delivering results. This means that you'll know the total amount of filler required before you've even started your treatment and can therefore budget things accordingly. It's vital to stress that the results look completely natural - this is the main barrier to new clients who are worried about looking strange or different.
With Dr Jake's approach, he'll look at the whole face and focus firstly on the 'foundations' of your face. In this way, we'll treat the underlying causes of ageing first. After this we can then address the more superficial cosmetic issues or do beautifying treatments such as the lips.
As an example - jowls don't just appear simply because of age, they are a symptom of volume loss from the midface (cheek) areas in addition to skeletal and structural changes around the mouth and jaw. The result is that the soft tissues of the face literally droop downwards and this creates an older and tired look. So we start re-building the foundations of the face high up in the temples, cheeks and sides of the face. Only when that's done should we then address the chin and jawline itself.
how fillers lift
There are treatments on the market such as thread lifts which aim to improve sagging skin - however they don't deal with the underlying cause of sagging. This is created by the loss of deeper supportive tissues of the face such as the various fat pockets that shape our face as well as structural bone loss.
Clients often believe that they need to resort to a surgical face lift to treat such problems. Unless you have an excess of skin that is hanging from the face, that is simply not true. We now we have more refined, less invasive and more cost effective solutions in a syringe.
Premium fillers incorporate incredible technologies:
- they are smoother than older generation fillers so they feel more natural
- premium fillers create less swelling than traditionally expected
- the fillers integrate in to the tissues better. This means that they are less obvious feeling
- the fillers can last (up to) 24 months
The fillers use a combination of low and high molecular weight molecules that are linked together uniquely. Rather than simply volumising areas, we can also now lift areas because the molecules are also 'sticky'. This incredible range of fillers has allowed Dr Jake to develop signature techniques such as 'The Liquid Face Lift' and 'The Liquid Nose Job'.