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rejuvenation using nasha gel


techniques in facial


Modern


Colette Carmen Camenisch and Riikka Veltheim discuss the use of the ‘Soft Lift’ concept, a modern technique to rejuvenate the ageing face


ABSTRACT


Background: The main causes of an ageing face are loss of skin elasticity owing to diminished collagen production, and a loss of volume through the loss of both superficial and deep fatty tissue. With ageing, the face unmasks deep layers and shows the anatomical structures beneath (i.e. muscle, bone, ligaments). Facial muscles sag, the collagen that provides underlying support for the skin breaks down, and areas such as the cheeks and lips in particular lose their youthful fullness. This article describes the possibility of rejuvenating the ageing face with 6–12 ml of hyaluronic acid, without a lengthy downtime, and with beautiful and natural results.


COLETTE CARMEN CAMENISCH is Specialist in Surgery and Attendant for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Kantonsspital Frauenfeld, Switzerland; and RIIKKA VELTHEIM is Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Akademikliniken, Sweden


email: cc-camenisch@gmx.ch; riikka.veltheim@ak.se


KEYWORDS NASHA, botulinum toxin A, Soft Lift, anti-ageing, rejuvenation


14 ❚ Method:


The authors treated five healthy female patients aged 40–75 years with non-animal stabilised hyaluronic acid-based gel using the Pix’L cannula technique, and cementing the results with neurotoxins.


Results: Results are shown depending on the age of the patient and initial skin quality. Patients’ before and after pictures are presented from different angles to visualise the effectiveness of this type of treatment and the Soft Lift concept. The authors have 2 years of experience treating patients using this technique, with good aesthetic results and patient satisfaction. This method provides the possibility of obtaining a wonderful lift and rejuvenating effect in a non-invasive way.


Conclusions: The treatment is less painful compared with other injection techniques, and has fewer side-effects. Convincing results make this technique a special tool in the aesthetic office, and should also be considered as a complement in all modern aesthetic surgery.


M October 2011 | prime-journal.com any hyaLuronic acid


products are a formulation of non‑animal stabilised hyaluronic acid (naSha)‑based gel developed specifically for shaping and reconstructing the ageing face, as


well as to rebalance a younger face. restylane, for example, is an injectable gel that enhances appearance by restoring the skin’s volume, smoothing out wrinkles, enhancing lips and revitalising the overall look of the skin. Neurotoxins, such as the well-recognised and used


botulinum toxin A (e.g. BOTOX/Vitsabel, Azzalure), cause paralysis by inhibiting the acetylcholine (ACh) release at the neuromuscular junction. By injecting botulinum toxin in a therapeutic modality, it is possible to treat regional involuntary muscle disorders, as well as for aesthetic requirements. These neurotoxins allow for a relaxed appearance and effectively reduce small lines and folds, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. Although hyaluronic acid is well known as a treatment


for facial lines and wrinkles, it has allowed for a number of advances in the area of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. By adding volume to a sunken mid-face on the supraperiostal plane, an excellent lifting effect can be achieved, which reduces the deepness of the nasolabial fold, lifts the corners of the mouth, and hides the venous


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