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Chemical peels help to even out skin tone, repair damage and promote a radiant glow. The alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) found in chemical peels are water-soluble and derived from certain fruit sugars. During treatment it causes a controlled removal of old skin cells, and afterwards works beneath the surface to stimulate growth of new cells.
Known for its exfoliating properties, chemical peels target hyperpigmentation, sun damage, uneven skin tone as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Benefits also include keeping pores unclogged and ensuring maximum penetration of skin products. A series of treatments spread out over a certain time frame are recommended for top results.
Chemical peels can be combined with micro-needling to stimulate better dermal cell rejuvenation. The depth of each peel varies according to the type of AHA used, and the concentration thereof. Different AHAs and depths are recommended for different skin concerns and desired results. This is determined by consultation.
Microneedling helps correct the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation, smooths skin texture and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy and employs the body’s own wound-healing mechanism to rejuvenate skin appearance and enhance the quality of skin at a cellular level.
Application is through a handheld device with very fine needles that work at fast revolutions per minute to create an acute inflammatory response at the epidermal and dermal layer. This inflammatory response results in the body naturally secreting chemicals known as cytokines to stimulate fibroblasts, which increases collagen production.
Although microneedling is not overly painful, a topical anaesthetic is applied prior to treatment to minimize discomfort. Treatment with nano-needles do not cause discomfort and do not require an anaesthetic. Skin may feel sensitive for a few days after treatment and requires proper after-care, which is explained during consultation.
Dermal fillers help to smooth lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume, and enhance shape and definition. Although a wide variety of dermal fillers exist, Horizon Aesthetics uses injectable gel fillers that contain Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a natural ingredient found in skin cells.
HA forms a major part of the cell structure of our skin and provides advantages such as boosting moisture levels and stimulating production of more cells. HA fillers can help to hydrate and improve the quality of skin while also acting as a form of collagen induction therapy.
- Act as a sculpting agent to shape and restore definition to specific areas and can help lift sagging cheeks or add volume to thin lips.
- Help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and can soften deep lines around the nose or mouth, or smooth circles under the eyes etc.
- Improve skin structure and can help restore the appearance of acne scarring and rejuvenate aging skin on the hand, neck or décolletage area.
Slight redness or bruising can occur after the treatment and should subside after a few days. To uphold optimal results, it is recommended to have a filler treatment every six to twelve months depending on the area.
As loss of muscle tone and volume increases with age, drooping occurs especially around the eye, cheek and neck area. This often results in crow’s feet, bags under the eyes, jowls or a double chin. Thread lifting tightens skin, giving the facial structure an immediate lifting effect that lasts between 12-18 months.
For a firmer appearance, threads are inserted underneath the skin via a needle by a medical professional. Thread lifting also acts as a form of collagen induction therapy. After insertion it stimulates production of fibroblasts – cells which produce collagen. Collagen is a vital component of the skin that provides structure and strengthens skin.
These threads are biocompatible and naturally break down over a period of 1-2 years. Thread lifting is recommended for those looking for a visible, yet impermanent lift. A local anaesthetic is provided prior to insertion of the needle to minimise discomfort.
Chemical Neuromodulation (Botulinum Toxin)
As we age our skin’s ability to produce supportive elements like collagen and fat decreases, resulting in deep lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a manufactured variant of a substance formed by Clostridium Botulinum, which binds the nerve endplate to muscles to temporarily prevent them from contracting. This temporary paralysis allows for the skin’s fine lines to smoothen out.
It is also effective as a form of collagen induction therapy. Botulinum toxin is one of the most studied drugs in the pharmaceutical database with nearly 1500 studies to date. Botulinum toxin in aesthetic use has a safe side effect profile in the hands of an experienced and trained injector.
Botulinum toxin injectable treatments are also used for treating Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive underarm sweating, as well as managing Bruxism, the involuntary grinding and clenching of teeth, which cause headaches, jaw pain and damaged teeth.