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Here’s How to Lift and Contour Your Face Without Going Under the Knife

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Open any social media app and you’ll see full, pillow-plump lips and smooth, youthful faces. The secret behind these fresh-faced looks? Along with a healthy lifestyle, meticulously applied injections of derma fillers could give you the ageless visage you dream of. And now with the launch of Teoxane in the Middle East, it’s even easier to access safe, high quality hyaluronic dermal fillers.

Founded by CEO Valérie Taupin in Geneva in 2003, Teoxane gathers experts in the research and development of facelifts. The brand was one of the first to recognize the benefits of hyaluronic acid in combatting signs of aging and replenishing your skin so it isn’t busy fighting for hydration. If you are especially mindful of not harming the planet or its creatures in pursuit of beauty, the firm uses 100% non-animal origin, cruelty-free, and biodegradable hyaluronic acid that is highly biocompatible, backed by Swiss science.

Teoxane’s Resilient Hyaluronic Acid range. Photo: Courtesy of Teoxane

Nazila Zoulfaghari, Vice President of Teoxane’s first subsidiary in the Middle East, led the company’s launch in 2018 as well as six additional markets in 2019, navigating them through the Covid-19 pandemic. Developing a robust footprint in educational advancement in the aesthetics industry across the UAE, she has delivered more than 45 live workshops and masterclasses internationally to enhance anatomy knowledge. Here, she tells Vogue Arabia all there is to know about dermal fillers.

Nazila Zoulfaghari. Photo: Supplied

What areas can be treated?

First, let’s address the concept behind hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. HA is a carbohydrate that is found in the body naturally and is a major component of the skin and helps in repairing tissue. Due to extrinsic and intrinsic factors such as UV exposure and lifestyle habits, the tissues can stop producing as much hyaluronan, the element producing hyaluronic acid, and instead increase the onset of aging.

Dermal fillers mimic the natural component of HA in the face, and the features of each product are dependent on the technology and composition of the gel. It is designed to treat different areas of the face with the overall objective to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to contour the upper middle and lower face areas. Teoxane has created a patent technology called Resilient Hyaluronic Acid (RHA®). The RHA® Series is designed to adapt to the movement of the facial muscles while providing natural results through its innovate resilient HA gels created to treat a variety of specific concerns, which include correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and dark under-eye circles, lip augmentation and enhancement, lifting and facial contouring of the mid-lower face area, and improvement of skin quality, neck, and décolletage.

In short, Teoxane offers a range of award-winning hyaluronic acid gels, designed to treat different layers of the face and that provides practitioners with the perfect toolkit to offer patients a tailored solution to optimize natural, dynamic, and long-lasting results.

How does the filler work to lift and shape?

HA fillers are designed to provide a variety of actions from enhancement, lifting, contouring, shaping, and rejuvenation according to the requirement of the face and the technology of the product.

Teoxane has designed a unique dual combination approach with Teoysal Puresense Ultra Deep and Teoysal RHA ® 4, which focus on deep and superficial depths of the middle and lower face, including cheekbones, jawline, and chin. Puresense Ultra Deep builds a strong structure in the deep compartments of the face and Teoysal RHA ® 4 contours the superficial layers. This way, you are able to receive both lifting and shaping for an optimal result that looks natural and is long-lasting.

For those new to filler, is there the option to go gradually for a subtle change?

Yes, absolutely. The enhancement of HA fillers can be gradual and should be advised by a registered practitioner who can provide a unique and individualized treatment plan.

It is recommended for first-time users of fillers or repeating patients to identify a bespoke plan to suit each face. Results are immediate and even after two weeks following the treatment you will begin to see the long-term results as the HA starts to integrate with your natural tissues. Optimizing your features to accentuate your beauty is the goal for us all in today’s world and Teoxane brings the fourth dimension to aesthetics by providing practitioners with a complete toolkit of products to allow for gradual change as well as dramatic results from a single treatment.

What is the downtime? Is there swelling like there is for surgery?

Downtime with HA fillers depends on the injector and their procedure and the benefit of HA fillers versus surgery is the minimal downtime required after any treatment. Teoxane is proud to have a palette of bespoke products unique for each face area and our aftercare protocols are key to ensure optimal results. It is recommended that patients avoid heavy workouts after treatment, avoid certain food and beverages such as shellfish and alcohol, and avoid extreme sun exposure to prevent bruising and swelling.

How long does it last?

This is dependent on the procedure and the amount of product used. However, with HA fillers, on average, depending on the product you can expect a duration of 12-14 months. To provide longer-lasting results, Teoxane has designed a range of skincare products in addition to the HA fillers that offer a home-care solution for specific areas of concern.

Who is this best suited for?

HA filler treatments are generally best suited for men and women over the age of 21 to delay the signs of aging. In combination with good lifestyle choices and UV protection, HA fillers can enhance your natural beauty.

What precautions should one take before and after the filler?

We advise you to invest time in selecting your practitioner and research the products you choose to inject into your skin. Like any choice, a good decision is one that requires review and thought. It’s common for people to look at the price point; however, to select the best practitioner that provides a bespoke treatment plan after your consultation using the best-in-class products, will be the key to achieving the best results.

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