Your guide to FDA approved cosmetic Injections and dermal fillers
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections are the most common FDA approved injections. Botox can be used to treat the face to temporarily relax the muscles and smooth out deep facial wrinkles around the brows, eyes, mouth and cheeks, or to treat Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the hands and feet. Botox is an affordable treatment of a few tiny injections and should only be by administered by a medical professional.
Restylane is a popular cosmetic dermal filler for lip augmentation and cheek augmentation. The dermal filler can also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles but is particularly good at eliminating skin deep facial wrinkles that cannot be treated by other means.
Juvéderm filler treatments offer long-lasting results for a natural look. The dermal filler is used to enhance and revive facial wrinkles using a high concentration of hyaluronic acid. Juvéderm can smooth out deep facial wrinkles and creases, and restore lip volume.
Voluma is an injectable gel dermal filler to plump cheeks that have sunken over time. The gel dermal filler has instant, high optimal results that last for about two years. While primarily used on older patients as an anti-ageing treatment, Voluma is popular with younger patients with flat cheeks.
The Sculptra aesthetic stimulates, sculpts and reinforces your skin’s natural collagen production for a more natural and youthful-looking appearance; a non-surgical alternative to a face-lift. Sculptra works best over time, a gradual and subtle process.
Like Scupltra, Radiesse stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production. Radiesse is highly effective in restoring lost volume in the face. The dermal filler is also good to treat depressed scars in the face or hands.
Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment to reduce a double chin. The FDA approved injection contours the chin by destroying excess fat cells in the chin and overall improving the profile.
31 Mar / 2017
Too often people think that plastic surgery is all about vanity because of all the rich and famous and celebrity lifestyles exploited in the media, along with the power of the ‘selfie’. Truth is most consumers of plastic surgery feel that their appearance plays a considerable role in their overall health and well-being. Some people don’t have a choice but to have surgery because of deformities, damage through injuries, harm or life threatening conditions, and so much more.
The expense of plastic surgery depends on the type of procedure you choose to have. To say ‘It’s too expensive’ is relative to how much you see it’s worth. Realistically ‘less is more’. If you go for a really cheap surgeon the likelihood is that he/she is not board-certified or accredited and you will be left with a ‘botched’ surgery and surgical complications. Moreover, this could leave you emotionally scarred and resulting in you spending more money so that the procedure can then be corrected by an accredited surgeon to which you could have originally gone to, saving you time, money and your well-being in the first place.
Truth is… only when a plastic surgery procedure is not carried out by a board-certified surgeon or the patient does not take the necessary aftercare required of him/her is when it becomes too risky and unsafe. A board-certified surgeon will not only hold professional qualifications and experience in carrying out the procedure but will also be able to give you honest medical advice before and after the procedure to prevent anything from being unsafe or mistreated. Furthermore, board-certified surgeons only operate in accredited surgical facilities to ensure safety and patient care. You can visit the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons site to check board-certification in just minutes. Simply search ‘Mr Jagdeep Chana’ on baaps.org.uk to see for yourself.
When considering plastic surgery, it is natural to worry about scars showing. Facelift scars are usually hidden along the hairline & within the contours of the ears. Breast augmentation scars are hidden in the crease below the breast, the armpit or the areola. Tummy tuck scars are usually hidden beneath the underwear or bikini line.
Furthermore, Mr Jag Chana offers various ‘scar revision’ procedures or Laser resurfacing at Spire Bushey Hospital for people who may have been living with visible scars for several years or have had surgery gone wrong for them by another surgeon. There are a range of treatments that can remove the top layers of skin to reduce the appearance of scars.
Fact is Liposuction is not a weight loss operation. Weight loss requires a healthy diet and exercise regime and Liposuction contours and removes stubborn localized ‘excess’ fat that is generally difficult to burn off naturally. However, it’s not a permanent guarantee if a balanced healthy diet and exercise is not part of your lifestyle moving forward. Furthermore, if stubborn fat deposits do come back they may not necessarily come back to the same part of your body where you originally had the lipo.
Plastic surgery has been around for years and has evolved through scientific medical research and ground breaking technology. Any board-certified surgeon will have acquired the right knowledge and skills to create aesthetic art forms of naturally looking appearances.
Naturally, people refer to ‘plastic surgery as plastic looking’ when people witness real people having an obsession or addiction with having surgical procedures to the point where they have drastically changed their appearance and are barely recognisable. Any ‘morally correct’ surgeon will stand by ‘less is more’.
This is a myth since breast implants are placed behind the breast tissue or even behind the muscle. The breast tissue is unaffected. This means that most women can breastfeed even when they have implants. It is only procedures that involve removing breast tissue such as breast reductions which reduce chances of breast feeding. Generally, when you have your initial consultation, Mr Chana will discuss all of these issues.
07 Dec / 2016
Jag Chana has over 20 years expertise in Cosmetic Surgery and is one of the most experienced surgeons in the area. He has an NHS practice specialising in breast reconstruction and facial reconstruction which is based at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The expertise in both Reconstructive and Cosmetic Breast procedures means Mr Chana can offer you the best advice in all forms of breast procedures including breast implants, breast uplifts and reductions.
During your Consultation Mr Chana will discuss the best approach to your surgery. There is no restriction to the type of implant and all implant choices are available to you. A final decision is always made after an in-depth discussion and after you have had a chance to try on implants in the clinic to help choose the size. All major decisions such as ‘ round’ or ‘ tear-drop shaped’ implants, the size and manufacturer are fully explained including whether the implant is best positioned under or over the muscle. The exact technique and type of implant will vary from individual to individual. If necessary two consultations may be necessary.
Mr Chana places emphasis on natural results following breast implant surgery in order to avoid the ‘implanted appearance’ which is often displayed in the media by various celebrities.
The Hospital is well equipped for performing all types of cosmetic surgery with specialised and experienced nursing staff to care for patients undergoing plastic surgery. After your surgery there is a dedicated nurse to attend to removal of stitches and dressings who is always at the other end of the phone for advice and support. Unlike very many other hospitals the price of surgery is all inclusive with no extras even if there are extra attendances for any reason.
Holly House Hospital has recently transferred calls to a large call centre and started to take credit card details even before making an appointment which has taken away the personal approach that Mr Chana prefers to advocate for all his valued patients. Mr Chana prefers a more personal and individual approach to your enquiry and so please call his office directly for any advice you may need and if you would like to make an appointment. Mr Chana’s personal team is better informed to take your calls than random call centre staff. Please call 0845 519 1096 or e mail email@example.com for further information and an appointment.
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Mr Chana is a London based Plastic Surgeon specialising in facial rejuvenation surgery and is one of the few surgeons offering surgery, laser resurfacing, chemical peels as well as non-surgical injectables . He offers an integrated approach to facial rejuvenation using a combination of procedures. In order to maintain an overall youthful and natural appearance various aspects of the ageing face need to be addressed. It is important to consider that when the face ages three main factors are involved.
- The soft tissues of the face drop causing loose skin in the cheek, jowls as well as skin laxity under the chin and neck.
- There is hollowness in the face which occurs due to loss of volume in the face.
- The surface skin texture ages due to thinning, development of fine lines and uneven pigmentation
In order to maintain the best possible results from facial rejuvenation each ageing factor needs to be addressed.
- Loose skin and sagging tissues are best improved with facelift and neck lift surgery.
- For permanent and natural results the hollowness in the face is best improved with fat transfer rather than artificial fillers. Fat transfer is usually performed at the same time as the facelift although it can be carried out separately. This is called a volumetric approach to facelift surgery.
- The surface skin texture changes are best improved with fractional laser resurfacing or chemical peels. For dynamic lines on the brow and crow’s feet the best treatment is in fact botox since surgery is not very effective in these areas.
Why combine non-surgical treatments and facial rejuvenation surgery ?
Once a facelift has been carried out it is common to be asked by patients how best to maintain the result of the surgery and the quality of their skin or prevent lines and wrinkles from recurring.
After facelift surgery there are certain aspects that get so well corrected that patients start to notice other areas of their face. As one part of their face has been improved so dramatically, other dynamic (movement) lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and lip lines can become more noticeable. For these areas non-surgical alternatives such as Botox and fillers may prove useful. Many patients will continue with a programme of botox injections to soften these lines and perhaps even dermal fillers.
The surface texture of the skin is another issue where improvements can be achieved after facelift surgery. Options are chemical peels and fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. Chemical peels such as a trichoro-acetic acid ( TCA) peel is useful for improving the complexion of the skin by rejuvenating and reducing uneven pigmentation. Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing acts deeper in the skin and can be used to reduce some fine lines and help with uneven texture , open pores and some types of pigmentation marks.
Laser resurfacing and chemical peels cannot be performed on the cheeks at the same time as the facelift since there are risks to the blood supply of the skin in areas where the skin is elevated during surgery. However, the resurfacing can be carried out on parts of the face such as the upper and lower lips, chin and forehead. A very common area to be treated at the same time as a facelift is the upper and lower lips since wrinkles here are usually a major concern for many patients. The advantage of performing these procedures simultaneously is that two separate recovery periods are avoided.
Example of Carbon Dioxide laser treatment to the upper lip lines:
This patient underwent carbon dioxide laser resurfacing of the upper lip lines at the same time as a facelift. This is a permanent treatment and has the obvious advantages that regular treatments such as dermal fillers will not be needed .
Example of a TCA peel:
This patient underwent a deep TCA peel which has significantly reduced the degree of uneven pigmentation on her face and improved the complexion.
Facelift surgery followed by non-invasive treatments
For many patients it turns into a process of maintenance, and there is much that can be done in terms of non-surgical treatments post-facelift surgery to refine the overall rejuvenation results which the surgery itself is unable to achieve alone. Although botox injections need to be repeated every 4 to 5 months fillers last up to a year in many cases. Chemical peels often need to be repeated every couple of years in order to keep the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Brow lift surgery combined with non-invasive treatments
Botox injections to the upper brow are important in maintaining the results of brow lift surgery. Some patients have a hyperdynamic brow which means that the forehead muscles are intrinsically overact. This can reduce the longevity of the brow lift since the strong activity of these muscles can drag the tissues back down. For this reason, a regular maintainence of Botox injections can maintain the results of a brow lift.
Sometimes combining surgical and non-surgical facial and skin rejuvenation procedures is the optimal route to refine the aesthetic goals of any patient. If you’re interested in learning more about Botox, dermal fillers, or chemical skin peels in combination with facial rejuvenation surgery in London please book a consultation with Mr. Jag Chana.
10 Oct / 2016
Patient check list revealed for cosmetic procedures including facelift surgery
The General Medical Council have revealed a new check list advising patients before agreeing to undergo cosmetic procedures, such as facelift surgery.
According to the Mirror newspaper’s health expert, the crackdown is designed to ensure potential facelift surgery patients are informed and educated on the risks and complications as well as the rewards of undergoing invasive aesthetic procedures.
In the online news article, Dr. Miriam Stoppard says the news comes as a welcome relief, after years of unregulated and uncontrolled procedures – such as facelift surgery – taking place, leaving many patients feeling disappointed by the results.
Dr. Stoppard highlights within the new advisory guidelines recently released by the GMC, a check list is included to take along to a consultation with a chosen plastic surgeon. The guide is designed to help facelift surgery patients, as well as those seeking other forms of facial rejuvenation surgery, to receive ‘safe, high quality cosmetic care.’
Some of the things the guide says patients should keep in mind when initially meeting and choosing a plastic surgeon in London include consent, openness, safety, costs, information and time. Are patients being given enough information before facelift surgery? Where will the procedure be undertaken, and how much will it cost once all the fees have been attached to the treatment?
These questions and more can now be answered if patients take this new seven point system along to a consultation, something Mr. Jag Chana believes is a positive step in improving safety for patients.
“When considering procedures such as facelift surgery it’s vital patients are aware of the long-term as well as short-term implications of undergoing cosmetic surgery. There are risks and complications associated with all forms of aesthetic treatment, including the fact that the patient may not see the desired result,” explains the London-based plastic surgeon.
“It’s also important for patients to be aware of the costs, as well as the experience of the surgeon performing the facelift surgery. Do you know how long they have been operating, or how much experience they have in your specific type of facial rejuvenation procedure? Use your consultation to ask the important questions and get to know your plastic surgeon.”
Mr. Chana concludes saying patients have the right to expect a high standard of care and honest, impartial advice before committing to any form of cosmetic surgery, including facial rejuvenation procedure such as facelift surgery.
“Don’t feel rushed or pressured; if you feel a salesperson or surgeon is being pushy simply walk away. Clear information and knowledge is absolutely the key to entering cosmetic surgery safely.”
The new GMC advice is designed to remind patients what they should expect from a cosmetic doctor or surgeon carrying out procedures in England. For more information on facelift surgery or any anti-ageing rejuvenation procedures please contact Mr. Jag Chana’s clinic. You can find the email and telephone information via the contact us page.
Be safe and be informed.
27 Sep / 2016
News article reveals five countries leading the way in facial rejuvenation
We know the UK is one of the leading area of the world when it comes to ground breaking facial rejuvenation procedures, but five surprising countries are becoming world leaders in particular fields, according to a news article.
The Independent newspaper spoke to plastic surgeon Jim Frame this month about cosmetic tourism who said, “…though some countries operate as destinations for those looking for cheaper procedures, some emerging markets are seeing a boom for particular operations.”
The plastic surgeons noted Dubai, Thailand, South Korea, India and even Iran are becoming cosmetic surgery ‘hot spots’ as well as America, where the ‘mummy makeover’ is now big business.
Most notably, South Korea has seen a boom in facial rejuvenation procedures, including facelift surgery. According to the article, South Korea now has the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery in the world, which has led to some calling the country to be arguably named the ‘global capital’ for plastic surgery, including facelift surgery.
It’s not just facelift surgery that’s on the rise in the region either, as other procedures relating to the face are also seeing a rise in popularity. Chin augmentation, rhinoplasty surgery and blepharoplasty and eye lid related procedures are becoming more and more common place.
Interestingly, the news article suggests Iran – a country once considered fairly conservative – is now one of the most popular destinations for nose reshaping surgery, such as rhinoplasty procedures.
According to recent statistics from the Iranian Association of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons says that of the 40,000 annual cosmetic procedures in the country, over 60 per cent of them are rhinoplasty surgery and nose reshaping procedures.
Whilst cosmetic surgery is on the rise across the globe, where you choose to undergo facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift surgery should be considered very carefully. Whilst surgery of the face may appear cheaper in other countries that should not be a deciding factor, says Mr. Jag Chana.
“My advice to patients seeking cosmetic surgery, especially facial rejuvenation surgery such as facelifts, is to seek the advice of a UK plastic surgeon. The training and facilities offered by UK-based plastic surgery clinics are likely to be of higher quality, making your experience a safer one,” he explains.
“When it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures, patients should be aware of who is performing their treatment, as well as that surgeon’s medical qualifications and background. If you travel abroad for treatment you may find the process tricky should you be unhappy with your results or service.”
Seeking a consultation
For more information about facial rejuvenation surgery (such as facelift surgery) please see the treatment pages for treatment advice. Mr. Jag Chana would be happy to meet you in a consultation to discuss your needs.
18 Sep / 2016
Can Snapchat be useful to cosmetic experts and patients alike?
According to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon surgeons can utilise social media platforms, including Snapchat, to educate more patients about popular facial rejuvenation treatments and procedures.
Dr. Tarick Smiley, of California Surgical Institute, believes apps like Snapchat represent an ‘underused communication tool’ when connecting directly with patients that may be interested in facial rejuvenation procedures, as well as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, body lift after weight loss, facelift, and rhinoplasty surgery.
The expert says his account is proving popular because the educational “Snaps” have become very prevalent amongst the plastic surgery community. Dr. Smiley explained in a recent media release that he has been gaining a ‘remarkable new following’ through this medium.
So should all aesthetic experts be utilising this popular and fashionable form of social media to connect with patients which may be considering facial rejuvenation treatments in London?
Despite already using typical social networks such as Twitter, the aesthetic expert has decided to utilise the latest app, Snapchat, as it offers ‘unique tools that make it easy to disseminate videos, photos, and brief explanations geared towards users who might be considering cosmetic plastic surgery’.
There is of course merit to evolving with the times and using social media to provide clear and informative videos to prospective patients, but this is not a replacement for a face to face consultation – especially when it comes to facial rejuvenation surgery.
A consultation is a meeting between surgeon and prospective patient which allows the aesthetic expert to introduce themselves and the staff or clinic before explaining the desired procedure and the results a patient can expect. Patients will be asked to explain what they wish to change, and explain their reasons for doing so.
It’s the interaction and one on one discussion that Mr. Jag Chana suggests may be missing from Snapchat updates. Mr. Chana said:
“We live in a world obsessed with social media, so of course it’s inevitable this forum now has a part to play when patients are considering facial rejuvenation treatment in London. However, there can be no substitute for meeting with your prospective plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and goals prior to treatment or surgery,” he explained.
“I would advise any patients considering facial rejuvenation surgery – such as facelift surgery, neck lift surgery or blepharoplasty surgery – to book a consultation and learn as much as you can about the surgeon and the procedure/s you wish to have,” concluded the plastic surgeon.
Booking a consultation for facial rejuvenation treatments
Considering facial rejuvenation treatments? Booking a consultation is the best way to determine if the treatment or procedure is right for you.
A facelift isn’t suitable for everyone, and non-surgical anti-ageing treatments can’t always offer the results you hope for – the key is researching your area of concern and seeking the tailored advice of an expert.
Call or email the clinic today for more information.
10 Sep / 2016
Is this new facial rejuvenation treatment better than surgery?
A new facial rejuvenation treatment has popped up on the radar of several clinics recently, and is proving so popular some recognisable faces are signing up to try it. But can non-surgical facelifts ever rival the results of a traditional surgical alternative?
The Daily Mail reported this week that self-proclaimed ‘selfie queen’ Karen Danczuk visited a clinic to undergo the 90-minute non-invasive facelift, which uses high intensity focused ultrasound to lift and firm the skin of the face. The social media personality was photographed undergoing the treatment, making sure she made the pages of the UKs popular newspaper.
The facial rejuvenation treatment aims to rejuvenate the face without invasive techniques, and post-treatment Karen told reporters she had enjoyed the experience. The long term results of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments such as HIFU may take a while to be seen, and Karen said she had been given a full aftercare plan to make the most of her aesthetic treatment.
Proving popular with younger patients, skin tightening and volumising treatments are in the news on a weekly basis now. The effectiveness of this type of aesthetic treatment really remains to be seen, however it’s often suggested that injectable anti-ageing treatment, such as dermal filler and muscle relaxing injections, often provide patients with a much more noticeable result, in a much quicker time.
Like all non-surgical facial rejuvenation options available, there are pros and cons associated with non-surgical facelifts, and there is no substitute for a surgical procedure, if that is what you require. Non-invasive options – which may also include skin peels and dermal fillers – are often useful in regards to treating lines and wrinkles, but cannot ultimately rebuild the underlying muscle structure, or remove excess skin in the case of extensive ageing.
For lost volume, Mr, Chana often recommends minimally invasive treatments such as fat transfer. This allows for natural volume to be restored to areas where it may have been lost due to ageing or weight loss, like the cheeks.
Things to remember:
- Facelift surgery is an invasive form of anti-ageing treatment, and unlike non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, you will require recovery time.
- This means downtime, away from work family duties and everyday activities; at least for a week or two.
- Surgery is not to be undertaken lightly – there are many factors to consider. Booking a consultation will help you make a decision either way.
- Whilst non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments in London may seem like a more affordable, safe option, they do not offer the same level of results that come with facelift surgery.
- It should be emphasised that facelift surgery is the gold standard for facial rejuvenation and no other treatment can match the degree of improvement and the longevity of results.
- There are still complications and risks associated with non-invasive treatments for facial ageing although these risks can be well controlled and managed.
Are you interested in learning more about facial rejuvenation treatment in London?
Booking a consultation with Mr. Jag Chana is a great way to discover more about the procedures and anti-ageing treatments available. Your needs should be tailored to as an individual, so avoid making any decisions until you’ve sought expert advice and considered all of the options made available to you before booking any treatment or surgery.