Dr Edward Sames, MRCP MBBS MSc (Hons) BSc PGDip (SEM)
I’m a fully qualified medical doctor residing in Weybridge. After qualifying from Barts and The London Medical School, I have been practising in the NHS for seven years and worked in hospitals in Surrey, Sussex and London. I received my training in facial aesthetics from the Medical Aesthetics Training Academy (MATA) in Harley Street and provide non-surgical anti-wrinkle and filler injections. I provide a professional, tailored approach to individual patient’s needs and requirements with an in depth initial consultation and review after 3 weeks.
The effects of skin ageing is a natural process and many of its causes are genetic and beyond our control. Over time our skin loses elasticity as levels of collagen decline. This causes a loss of volume and strength in the skin and with this firstly lines, then deep wrinkles develop. There is also a reduction in the amount of hyaluronic acid produced causing the skin to become dehydrated and losing its firm feel. While the aging process can’t be stopped, its signs can be slowed down.
Anti-wrinkle injections are an increasingly popular non-surgical treatment of choice which can help reduce the signs of ageing. These are injected into the area of concern and this helps to counteract the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily reducing the movement of muscles which leaves the skin looking younger and more refreshed. Historically botulinum toxin has been used to treat medical conditions including eyelid muscle spasms, bladder problems and migraines. It was introduced as a cosmetic treatment in 2002 and millions of treatments have been safely administered since that time.
These injections can help treat:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines above the nose
- Crow’s feet
Dermal fillers help to restore freshness and volume by using hyaluronic acid, a substance which naturally occurs in the skin. These help to add volume where wrinkles and folds have appeared due to ageing, enabling it to naturally restore the skin’s structure and achieve a more youthful look. Most clients request treatment on the nasolabial folds, marionette lines and/or lips.
What do the treatments involve?
During the treatment a small amount of product is injected into the facial muscles with a fine needle causing them to relax resulting in a smoother, refreshed facial appearance. The treatment last between 10 to 15 minutes and there is no recovery period needed. The injections are relatively painless and feel similar to a mosquito bite. You will be able to drive home and work the same day.
What are the side effects?
Side effects are rare and will be fully discussed at the consultation. Most common ones include localised bruising and mild headaches which usually disappear after a day or two. The majority of people find the injection (which uses a very small needle) to only cause very mild discomfort.
How long will it work for?
The results of the initial anti-wrinkle injections usually take 2 days or so before the muscle weakening effect occurs. The treatment usually lasts for around 3 to 4 months but this does vary from person to person. Fillers can last between 12 to 18 months but again this varies between different people.
Women who are pregnant or breast feeding, those with certain neurological conditions or those who have had previous allergic reactions to the products used before should avoid the treatment.