Our Bodies Are Made Up Of Skin, which is divided into the Epidermis and the Dermis, Fat, Muscles, Ligaments and Bone.
Thining Skin And Depleating Muscle Mass Make Up A BIG Portion Of Why Our Appearance Changes As We Mature!
These pictures are examples of what can be achieved if you target the problem of thinning skin on the face and neck areas head-on.
These results were gained from targeting the problem of thinning skin head-on and using the 4-Stage Face Lifting process which utilizes Venus Freeze, and clinic-grade LED Light therapies and combining them with Venus Viva and Collagen Induction Fractional MIcroneedling (CIFM) therapy. The client shown in the pictures uses Microcurrent therapy daily and Red LED Light therapy every day or every 2nd day or so ongoing, as well as a Hyluronic acid-rich gel, and a simple Cetaphil moisturiser and cleanser.
These pictures show the client’s face and neck side on and the effect of targeting the problem of thinning skin head-on.
As we age the muscles deplete in size and strength. The muscles create a BIG part of the support structure that the skin sits upon.
The muscles are the scaffolding that the muscles sit upon.
These pictures are examples of what can be achieved if you target the problem of depleting muscle mass on the face and neck areas head-on.
These pictures show the difference an initial course of Intensive Microcurrent Muscle treatments can have on the overall shape of the face and neck areas.
It needs to be considered that over time the results shown in these pictures will be built on. The client will be coming for alternated Intensive Microcurrent muscle and 5-Stage Face Lifting treatments every three weeks for the next 6 months and then every 4 weeks ongoing. Venus Viva and CIFM treatments will also be included within this client’s treatment sessions to push treatment outcomes.
This client’s time and money are being channelled into treatments that are truly able to improve the condition of the skin and muscles of the face and neck and gain dramatic results that get better over time.
The plan is to improve on this client’s results until they Plato at approx the 3-year mark, and then to work to keep these results long term.
The natural ageing process is no slouch, and it takes the right combination of both non-fractional and fractional radiofrequency therapy, combined with clinic-grade Microcurrent Muscle and LED Light therapy to attain and maintain a timelessly youthful look ongoing. This is why it is important NOT to waste time and money on unnecessary topical skincare products and or superficial aesthetic treatments like Microdermabrasion, (which Jessicat helps many of her clients to set up with at home and also provides FREE within her treatment processes.
When thinking of the muscles of the face, think of them being the support system/scaffolding that the skin sits upon.
When thinking of skincare, think of machines over creams!
A BIG reason why the skin begins to thin, which causes fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, textural issues such as enlarged pores and sagging skin is depleting levels of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
ATP is referred to as the energy of life by biologists due to it being the very energy currency within every cell of our bodies.
As we mature less and less ATP is created, meaning our cells have less and less energy to do what they need to do.
So, if we consider skin cells, specifically the cells of the dermis which is the deepest layer of the skin and responsible for collagen, elastin, and blood vessel growth, depleting levels of ATP means the Dermis has less and less energy to function optimally, creating less blood vessel growth to feed oxygen and nutrients into the skin and send new collagen and elastin up into the epidermis continuously.
Jessicat Skincare routine:
Microcurrent therapy works to raise ATP by up to 500% in as little as 3 minutes. This is why all Jessicat clients use an easy-to-use Microcurrent device for 3 minutes on the skin on the face, then 3 minutes on the neck, then chest areas twice a day, over a cheap and effective Hyaluronic acid-based serum or gel followed by sealing the Hyaluronic acid into the skin with a cheap and effective moisturizer that often contains a dash of plant-derived glycerin.
Red LED Light therapy works to raise ATP levels by up to 47% and improves the overall function of cells exponentially. Follow this link to learn about how Red LED Light helped to heal a BeautyCats broken wrist and smooth away the look of a substantial scar in just 6 weeks: https://jessicatsmedispa.com.au/mandy/
There a quick-fix treatment that is available everywhere!
Let’s break it down
Dermal Fillers are used to filling up lost volume caused by thinning skin and depleting muscle mass. Think of the Dermal Fillers is a thick gel that works like putty or Polyfilla to fill up the gaps created in the skin from lost volume caused by diminishing strength and size of muscles and lost collagen, elastin and blood vessel growth within the skin.
There are many different dermal fillers on the market to date. Some of the most commonly used are:
Juvederm Voluma – and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, but Juvederm is softer and thinner while Voluma is thicker and heavier.
Restylane Lyft – and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid. The primary difference between Restylane and Lyft is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Lyft are larger than those found in Restylane.
Restylane Silk – and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid. The primary difference between the two products is that the hyaluronic acid particles are smaller so that the products can be used more easily within the lip area.
The above listed Dermal Fillers are made up of biodegradable hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is able to bind with water molecules and hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. This is why it is advised to stay well hydrated after having hyaluronic acid-based Dermal Fillers, the more water molecules that are drawn towards the hyaluronic acid-based Filler that is injected into the layers of the skin the more effective it is in making the skin look thicker.
The problem with these Fillers is that the skin is being filled up with hyaluronic acid and other chemical components, (no injectable Filler is made up only of only hyaluronic acid) and NOT replenished with the new collagen, elastin, and blood vessel growth. Muscle mass depleation is also not being addressed, so these problems continue to get worse behind the sceens.
Think of a brick wall.
The mortar used to hold the wall together needs to be strong. A typical mortar mixture consists of 1 part cementitious material to 2 ¼ – 3 ½ parts sand by volume. Water is also an integral ingredient that is added to the mortar mixture until it attains the right consistency for use.
Whilst water is an integral part of the mixture of mortar if the mixture has too much water or is mainly water then it will lack the integrity and strength to not only build the wall but enable the wall to stand the test of time.
Think of our skin.
Collagen and elastin in the mesh that holds the skin together and gives is bulk, bounce, lift, strength and integrity and is like the cementitious material used in mortar.
Whilst hydration, in the form of hyaluronic acid molecules is an integral part of what makes up thick, strong and healthy skin filling the layers of thinning skin with hyaluronic acid-based Dermal Fillers is like using water balloons as mortar in a brick wall.
Whilst continuously using Fillers may make the skin look thicker and firmer more and more will be needed in more and more areas due to the natural ageing process. It is important to remember whilst hyaluronic acid-based Dermal Fillers work to make the skin look better they do nothing to actually make it better and correct the underlying problem of thinning skin.
The Dermal Fillers called Radiesse is made up of Calcium Hydroxylapatite.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite is a substance found naturally in teeth and bones. When used in a Dermal Filler known as Radiesse, calcium hydroxylapatite helps to create volume lost due to thinning skin and can be used in larger areas of the face like the cheeks or jawline. Radiesse is used to gain longer lasting results than other hyaluronic acid based Fillers.
The Dermal Filler called Sculptra is made up of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA).
PLLA is a plastic filament material that works to create a capsule that collagen can grow around. To gain the full effect of Sculptra 2-4 treatments are spaced about a month apart and the full effects of Sculptra can take up to 9 months to develop. Think of the PLLA (plastic filaments) being injected into the skin and collagen growing around the plastic filaments to create thicker looking skin.
The Dermal Filler called Bellafill is made up of Poly(methyl methacrylate).
Bellafill is a long-lasting Dermal Filler that contains bovine collagen, (collagen harvested from cows), and tiny Poly(methyl methacrylate beads (a transparent thermoplastic). The collagen provides immediate volume and lift while the Poly(methyl methacrylate remains in place and work to create a base that provides structural support to the skin. So think of the bovine collagen replacing your own lost collagen instantly, and the Poly(methyl methacrylate, which is basically specially formulated plastic working to create more support to collapsing skin ongoing.
There can be many side effects caused by Dermal Fillers.
Most people are able to have them with no, or only short term side effects such as bruising, redness and or swelling.
In rare cases, longer lasting side effects can develop resulting in the need for antibiotics, steroids and or surgical intervention and in the vary rarest cases cause long term scarring or disfigurement.
Some side effects are: Granulomas, Injection site ulcers, Erythematouspapulocystic nodules and Delayed Onset Nodules.
The pictures shared are of a Jessicat Medi-Spa client who suffered from Delayed Onset Nodules.
Our client chose to have some Fillers due to her going on a lengthy trip and not being able to come for treatments for a long stretch of time. She had Dermal Fillers in her tear trough area, upper cheeks and nasolabial folds, (smile lines). After approximately 8 months the first of many Nodules appeared at the sides of her mouth. These cyst-like growths continued to pop up on both sides of her face and included ones around her eye area that were viably noticeable at around the 14-month mark after the Fillers had been done.
Our client was very lucky as the clinic, (who’s practitioners had done NOTHING wrong) where she had the treatment done helped her to resolve this problem, first by recommending and providing two courses of steroids which successfully shrunk the Nodules, but did not completely get rid of them, and then dissolving the Nodules manually with other injectable substances over the course of 2 treatment sessions in hospital.
This is why it is very important to only have injectable therapies from a provider who grantees they will support you if anything goes wrong after treatments are provided.
Fat Transfer – a more natural alternative to synthetic Dermal Fillers.
While Fat Transfer, (also called Fat grafting) can not technically be called a Dermal Filler, autologous Fat Transfer is another way to reverse the visual signs of thinning skin. This procedure is a two-step process that begins with the removal of deposits using Liposuction from an area like the midsection or thighs. The fat cells are then harvested and prepared for injection in a similar fashion to a Dermal Filler. The difference is that the patient’s own cells are used to produce the most natural result and the results are permanent for most patients. Make sure you do your research and see highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeons, (not cosmetic surgeons) like Dr Quinn to get more info about Fat Transfer procedures. Jessicat believes only after creating thicker, stronger targeting the problem of depleting muscle mass should you look at having Fat Transfer procedures to perfect your overall results.
There are two main problems with Injectable therapies
One: They are a quick-fix and addictive way to hide the effects of thinning skin, that can get us into the bad habit of thinking we can simply inject the ageing process away. They do nothing to fix the underlying problem of thinning skin so the problem goes on unchecked and is allowed to get worse and worse until the skin is so thin, fragile and damaged that the injectable therapies can not gain the same effect as they once did.
Two: Over time as more and more injectable therapies are used the individual contours that make our faces look like us can be lost, and we can become more mannequin-like in appearance, or worse our faces can become misshapen and gain a look we do not want.
Sometimes people do not notice this happening and get lost in trying to freeze or plump away individual imperfections, causing them to lose sight of the overall picture.
Think it can’t happen to you? Let’s look at some examples of injectable therapies used well, overused and when things go terribly wrong!
Used well, or overused? In this case it’s all in the eye of the beholder due to Trinny looking amazing at 56 years of age!
Trinny Woodall is a beautiful woman and well known for co-presenting the BBC television series What Not to Wear with Susannah Constantine.
She is also well known for her honesty about using Botox, Dermal Fillers and Laser resurfacing treatments.
Trinny has said; ‘I’d never have a facelift, as I’ve never seen anyone who has had one that looks good.’ Read more in 2018 CelebsNow article.
Due to Trinny having more and more Dermal Filler under her eyes, (possibly temples) and in her upper cheeks her eye’s are looking much smaller and her mouth is being pulled wider, making it appear like she has had Fillers in her lips, which she denies.
It should be considered that Trinny has a lot of Botox, (watch this video of Trinny having a treatment with Dr Sebagh), very regularly. It is logical that paralysing her muscles over the last 15 years or so has affected the muscle’s size and strength. This means that more and more filler will be needed to fill up both thinning skin and space caused by lost muscle mass, which is why her smile is now beginning to look much wider and more stretched.
This is what can happen when we work to spot and treat problem areas and end up losing sight of the bigger picture!
When it comes to injectable fillers, Christie Brinkley has been quoted saying; “fill but don’t stuff!”
Courteney Cox is iconic for her fresh, energetic and carefree style of beauty. She is famed for looking much younger than she is and is well known for regularly having treatments including injectable therapies like Botox and Filler to keep herself looking youthful.
The pictures shown are an example of what too much Filler can look like. After seeing pictures of herself Courteney had the Fillers in her skin dissolved and publicly spoke out about how easy it was to lose sight of how she actually looked, and how easy it was to go too far with injectable therapies.
As you can see from the pictures below after having the Fillers dissolved Courteney is looking much more like her radiant self ????
The text accompanying the photo below is an excerpt from an article featured in New Beauty where Cortney Pellettieri, interviewed Courteney Cox on Follow this link to read the full article: https://www.newbeauty.com/blog/dailybeauty/11013-courteney-cox-beauty/
This is what we may want to avoid!
All the women shown are beautiful women in their own right, in both the before and after pictures shown below.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so whilst some of us may view these pictures and feel too many injectable therapies, (and or surgery) have been used, others will like the effects. This blog was written with the hope the information contained in it will better enable you to attain the look you desire and avoid a look that you do not want.
Whilst I dislike criticising other women’s appearance, to make my point it is unavoidable due to our needing to see examples of faces, before and after injectable therapies have been used.
It needs to be said here that it is all a case of degrees, and everyone needs to find their own balance. Knowledge is power and reading this blog is enabling you to take the power of knowledge into your hands, so that you can go on to make better-informed decisions for your individual needs!
What About Botox?
For many women, Botox is one of the first medical-grade aesthetic treatments they use to try and hide fine lines, wrinkles, and or sagging skin due to the natural ageing process causing their skin to thin/collapse.
Botox is a brand name and is an abbreviation of the name Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin B is marketed under the brand name Myobloc. and is a type of muscle relaxant.
Muscle relaxants like Botox work to paralyze the muscles and stop the skin from moving when expressions are made. This works to hide the problem of thinning skin but does NOTHING to help improve the problem.
It also needs to be considered that over time, as the muscles are paralyzed over and over again they can lose size and strength and eventually sag much faster than the natural ageing process would cause.
Injectable muscle relaxants like Botox work to hide one problem, but do nothing to address the problem of thinning skin that causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, which means more and more Botox will be needed overtime to hide the problem as it continues to get worse.
As more and more Botox is used to hide the problem of thinning skin the muscles can become weaker, smaller which can cause hollows within the facial features and feeds into the problem of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. To address this doctors and other providers of injectable therapies will most often advise the use of Fillers in order to try and make up for the lost volume caused by depleted muscle mass, caused by using Botox regularly. As more and more Fillers are used the shape of the face can become more and more swollen and the gentle contours that make up an individual face can be lost, causing women who rely on injectable fillers to often look very similar to one another.
So how do stars like Jennifer Lopez do it?
They have treatments like the ones we provide that include the use of state of the art technologies that work to repair, rebuild and improve the cellular function of the skin, and many of them are smart enough to address depleting muscle mass also in order to keep a strong, full and lifted scaffolding for the skin to sit upon. Jennifer Lopez is said to own one CACI Microcurrent device (I am sure she does not do her own treatments though ). Stars like Jennifer Lopezes team of beauty professionals work to keep their client’s skin thick, full, and lifted, the muscles strong and full (this step is still left out by so many amazing beauty professionals, but awareness is slowly building), and use injectable therapies, and, or procedures like fat transfer and surgical procedures minimally to fine-tune their look. THEY DO NOT RELY SOLELY ON INJECTABLE THERAPIES TO CREATE THE FOUNDATION OF THE LOOK!
We have put a man on the moon, of course, we can do better than using toxic creams that work only to melt away dead skin cells and cause us to be even more prone to damage from the sun, and quick-fix injectable therapies that work only to hide the signs of ageing and do nothing to address the underlying issues that cause our appearance to change as we mature and can actually make these issues worse.
Injectable therapies have their place, but this place should be to finish off a look, and not to create it.!!
Let’s work to solve the underlying problem of thinning skin and depleting muscle mass, opt for procedures like using our own fat in place of Injectable Fillers if possible, (using fat transfer procedures provided by an experienced and highly qualified plastic surgeon) and use injectable therapies minimally, or not at all.
I hope you find the info shared interesting and it enables you to find the right treatments and devcies to help you gain and maintain a timelessly youthful look ongoing. Jessicat Xxx