A Guide to Tweakments & Treatments – Skin Rocks

A Guide to Tweakments & Treatments

There’s no doubt that we’ve all spent a lot more time looking at our faces over the past year and with this, the demand for ‘tweakments’ and skin treatments has grown.

There are some brilliant treatments out there that can work wonders for your skin. However, before you let anyone get to work on your face, it’s important to arm yourself with the knowledge to help you choose the treatment best suited to your skin goals. We’re here to help you with that. 

Please ensure that these procedures are carried out qualified, insured professionals, also in the case of any injectables, a medically-trained practitioner. If in doubt, ask. And consider checking their insurance.

 

 Dermal fillers

 Administered via injection, dermal filler has a gel-like consistency and can be made from a number of substances in various thicknesses, depending on the area used and desired results. The most common is hyaluronic acid ― a substance found naturally in the skin that attracts and binds water.   

Filler is injected into the skin to soften lines, enhance definition and add volume to specific areas of the face. When it comes to wrinkles, filler is used to effectively “fill” static lines, such as the nasolabial folds around the mouth, giving them a smoother appearance without affecting expression. Results can be seen instantly and typically last between 6-18 months, although this depends on the type of filler used and area treated.

Where to use:

  • Temples
  • Forehead
  • Under eyes/ tear trough
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Nose
  • Nose-to-mouth lines 
  • Neck ― in the necklace lines

 

Wrinkle-relaxing toxin e.g. Botox 

Wrinkle-relaxing injections use neurotoxins to temporarily relax the muscle under the skin by reducing its ability to contract. This smooths out lines and wrinkles and can be particularly great for softening lines formed as a result of movement, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. The most common brand is Botox (short for botulinum toxin). 

The treatment itself is relatively quick, however contrary to filler, the results are not instant. It can take 2 to 4 days to start working with the full effect kicking in around 2-3 weeks later. Results usually last between 3 to 6 months.  

Where to use:

  • Hairline
  • Forehead
  • Between the brows
  • Bunny lines at the top of the nose
  • Skin of the nose - used superficially to reduce oiliness
  • Crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes 
  • Upper lip ― to reduce a gummy smile
  • Just above the upper lip for a ‘lip flip’  
  • Chin
  • Jaw muscle (masseter) for grinding/clenching
  • Muscles that pull the mouth down
  • Neck ― injected into the platysmal bands (the muscles responsible for giving the neck a ‘stringy’ appearance) 

 

Injectable moisturisers 

Working from the inside out, injectable moisturisers (also known as skin boosters) add hydration and plumpness to the skin. This is achieved by injecting small amounts of hyaluronic acid – a substance produced naturally in the body to attract and retain water – into the superficial layers of the skin. 

Unlike fillers, they don’t add volume or structure to the face. Think of them like injecting a layer of moisturiser (don’t try this at home!) just under the skin to boost hydration over time; plumping out fine lines and leaving you with a healthy glow. An example of this increasingly popular treatment is Profhilo. The product itself will remain in the skin for up to 30 days but the results can last up to 9 months, as it stimulates the production of skin-rejuvenating collagen and elastin.

Where to use:

All over. Several brands are only suitable for use in the face or the lower face, but most practitioners get pretty creative with them. 

 

Laser/ Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Not just for hair removal, lasers and IPL can be used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. Depending on which method is used, they can be effective at smoothing and tightening the skin, reducing scarring, and lightening pigmentation. The main difference between laser and IPL is the type of light. Laser uses a focused beam of light at a specific wavelength, whereas IPL uses broad-spectrum light with multiple wavelengths. 

Two forms of laser can be used: ablative and non-ablative. The former removes the thin, outer layer of the epidermis and heats up the dermis to stimulate the growth of collagen. This treatment requires downtime as you’re effectively wounding the surface of the skin. Non-ablative laser is less invasive and works solely on the underlying skin tissue, stimulating collagen and improving skin tone and texture over time. 

Gentler than laser, IPL is non-invasive and works at various depths to rejuvenate the skin and break down pigmentation. Your practitioner will be able to advise on which treatment is best for your skin concerns, with results and longevity depending on which treatment you choose. 

Where to use:

  • All over ― for skin-tightening and pigment clearing

 

Microneedling:

Typically performed via a roller or, more recently, with a pen device, microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that uses tiny, sterile needles to create punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the skin's wound-healing response, encouraging it to produce collagen and elastin.

With the ability to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scarring, it can also increase the efficacy of the skincare applied afterwards. This is because the active ingredients can penetrate deeper into the skin. Various needle lengths are used, each offering different benefits and results. Depending on your individual skin concerns, you will likely need several sessions to achieve your desired results.

Where to use:

  • All over ― face, neck and décolletage 

 

Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

RF microneedling combines the skin-tightening benefits of radiofrequency with the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling. During treatment, radiofrequency energy is released via tiny needles that create small wounds or channels in the skin. Stimulating and heating up the deeper layers of the skin, it works to tighten existing collagen and elastin while also kick-starting new collagen production.

Beneficial for improving fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, enlarged pores and sun damage, the addition of radiofrequency amplifies the rejuvenating effects of microneedling. Results can last up to a year and the number of treatments required depends on what you're treating.

Where to use:

  • Lower face
  • Neck and décolletage 

 

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound 

Also known as HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound waves to lift, firm and tighten the skin. Targeting collagen found in the deeper layers of the skin, the ultrasound energy heats up the skin tissue, causing damage that in turn boosts the production of new collagen. As collagen is responsible for giving our skin its structure and elasticity, this results in a smoother, firmer appearance. 

Ultherapy is an example of a treatment that uses HIFU. The full effects of this treatment can take several months to be seen, with results lasting up to a year. 

Where to use:

  • Lower face and jawline
  • Neck and décolletage
  • Forehead 

 

 

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