A tried and tested wrin­kle-eraser gets a lit­tle lift

A tried and tested wrin­kle-eraser gets a lit­tle lift

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It may have been around since the 1970s but Bo­tox is not be­yond a fash­ion­able up­date or two. One of the lat­est is Baby Bo­tox — the prac­tice of us­ing a lower vol­ume of Bo­tox than nor­mal to get a re­sult that looks nat­u­ral, rather than un­nat­u­rally smooth and taught.

“The frozen, ex­pres­sion­less look tends to re­sult from bad tech­nique, not the pro­ce­dure it­self,” says Dr Teresa Cat­tin, for­mer pres­i­dent of the NZ Col­lege of Ap­pear­ance Medicine and a Bo­tox trainer. “Ev­ery drug can be pre­scribed in­cor­rectly and Bo­tox is no ex­cep­tion. If the wrong per­son in­jects it — if they mis­judge the size of your mus­cles and how much you need — the re­sults can be off-put­ting.”

The owner of Auck­land’s FaceWorks clinic, Dr Cat­tin is a fan of the less-is-more ap­proach to ap­pear­ance medicine tech­niques, in­clud­ing Bo­tox and cos­metic fillers such as Juve­d­erm and Resty­lane. “The aim is to soften and re­fresh rather than sig­nif­i­cantly change fa­cial fea­tures,” she says.

Baby Bo­tox in­volves a se­ries of mi­cro-in­jec­tions to de­liver its sub­tle re­sults but its suc­cess re­lies largely on the skills of the prac­ti­tioner. “Be­ing pre­cise about where you put the prod­uct is very im­por­tant. No two faces are the same and it’s just not pos­si­ble to take a one-size-fits-all ap­proach. It’s about per­son­al­i­sa­tion.

“Most women — es­pe­cially in New Zealand — just want to look bet­ter; more re­laxed and re­freshed. They don’t want any­one notic­ing they’ve had any­thing done. The key is to look re­vi­talised, like you’ve had a good hol­i­day.”

Another ad­van­tage of Baby Bo­tox — also known as the La French Touche (French women, in par­tic­u­lar, are fans of the sub­tle ap­proach to ap­pear­ance medicine) — is that it’s per­fect for younger women want­ing to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of deeper lines with age.

“When it comes to wrin­kles, Bo­tox is highly ef­fec­tive: if you can’t frown, you can’t crease,” says Dr Cat­tin. “It is also pre­ven­ta­tive — reg­u­lar use means new lines can’t form. Good skin­care will plump out the wrin­kles, po­ten­tially de­lay new ones and help keep the skin healthy. So far, noth­ing works in the same way as Bo­tox and cos­metic fillers.”

Bo­tox works by block­ing the body’s pro­duc­tion of acetyl­choline, thereby re­lax­ing the mus­cles. Once in­jected, it won’t nav­i­gate its way into your blood stream. “Bo­tox is in­jected di­rectly into a mus­cle and re­mains in that mus­cle only — it doesn’t move around the body,” says Dr Cat­tin. NO NEE­DLES RE­QUIRED Not a fan of in­jec­tions? Here are three over-the­counter wrin­kle-pre­ven­ters to con­sider. Shi­seido Bene­fi­ance Wrin­kle Re­sist ($102). Packed with mois­tur­is­ing hyaluronic acid and a spe­cial ex­tract to sup­press wrin­kles, this light­weight lo­tion is a great in­sur­ance pol­icy against pre­ma­ture age­ing. The range’s day mois­turiser also comes with an SPF. Es­tee Lauder Per­fec­tion­ist Pro Firm + Lift Treat­ment ($218). This lovely hy­dra­tor con­tains pep­tides, skin tex­turis­ers and pow­er­ful mois­turis­ers. It prom­ises firm­ing and smooth­ing re­sults in 14 days. La Prairie Anti-Ag­ing Rapid Re­sponse Booster ($430). Also con­tain­ing pep­tides, which help cells pro­duce col­la­gen and elastin, this pre­mium serum is rosy pink in colour and prom­ises skin that’s no­tice­ably smoother and more taut. Tracey Strange

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