Face Treatments By Concern

Wrinkles and fine lines around our face, neck and back of the hands are a natural part of spending time on this earth. They can be a key way to show our age, wisdom and character – which we like to preserve here at Lumea Aesthetics.

What are wrinkles and how do you treat them?

Forehead lines are the horizontal lines across the forehead, though they can be diagonal and sometimes can be described as resembling horns as they can go from the eyebrows up to the scalp.

What are forehead lines and how do you treat them?

Separate from forehead lines, frown lines are found right between the brows, the ones that can look like a number eleven. They occur when the muscle gets larger from being used like any muscle does combined with decreased skin laxity.

What are frown lines and how do you treat them?

We call it a gummy smile because the other term is ‘excessive gingival display’, but it’s a prominent facial feature that’s evident when too much gum shows with a smile.

What is a gummy smile and how do you treat it?

If you’ve noticed that you’ve taken on a somewhat skeletal look as you’ve aged, hollow temples could be part of the reason. For everyone, the ageing process involves the loss and migration of fat and subcutaneous tissue, which can change the shape of your face.

What are hollow temples and how do you treat them?

Full, soft, healthy lips have always been one of our patients’ most popular aesthetic goals; little else can so simply transform your face and boost your confidence than beautifully balanced lips that complement your other features.

What is lip volume and hydration and do you increase them?

Dark circles under the eyes, also called ‘tear troughs’, can give anyone a wan, tired look that is difficult to eliminate – even if you keep a regular, healthy sleeping schedule.

What are dark circles and how do you treat them?

A sagging or swollen effect under the eye in and around the tear trough can be a prominent concern that is difficult to conceal or reduce without aesthetic treatments.

What are eye bags and how do you treat them?

Your face loses volume as you age, losing the plump, symmetrical look we usually associate with youth. Several natural processes work together over time to create ageing.

What is face volume loss and how do you treat it?

There are so many ways people aren’t happy with their nose, whether it’s hooked, has a bump in the middle, is not quite straight, too flat, or the nose bridge is set a little too low.

What is nose shape and how do you treat concerns on its appearance?

Shaping a face is as much of an art as it is a science, involving subtly changing the contours of any combination of the forehead, temples, cheekbones, jaw and chin to craft a shape that best suits you.

What is face shaping and how do you achieve it?

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a medical condition where sufferers unconsciously grind or clench their teeth, either awake or asleep.

What is teeth grinding and how do you treat it?

Recessed chins refer to chins that are short in height and lack forward projection – they’re easy to identify in profile, where the chin is set back further than the vertical line created by the top lip and brows.

What is a recessed chin and how do you treat it?

Wrinkles

What are wrinkles?

Wrinkles and fine lines around our face, neck and back of the hands are a natural part of spending time on this earth. They can be a key way to show our age, wisdom and character – which we like to preserve here at Lumea Aesthetics. However, we understand that softening them just a little can make you look fresher and boost your confidence.

Wrinkles appear with a combination of UV exposure, genetics and lifestyle factors over time, usually starting as dynamic wrinkles that come naturally with how our face moves – giving the name to frown lines and smile lines, for example. As we lose collagen, elastin and the skin becomes thinner, these can become permanent, static wrinkles.

How do you treat wrinkles?

We first need to assess why yours have come about in an initial consultation, as this determines the treatment plan that will deliver the best results for what you want to achieve. These reasons can be different across the face; loss of skin elasticity and increased muscle tone causes crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead wrinkles can be due to bone loss; therefore, loss of volume but are mainly caused by reduced skin quality and muscle movement. Around the midface and lower face, a combination of volume loss from bone loss plus decreasing and shifting fat pads along with reduced skin quality cause fine lines and wrinkles.


Anti-wrinkle injectables are what most people first think about when it comes to treatments, which deliver a muscle relaxant to soften wrinkles and fine lines. Skin boosters are another injectable option that improves skin quality by increasing firmness and luminosity, moisturising from the inside out, and stimulating collagen.


Both our laser resurfacing device and radiofrequency (RF) microneedling devices boost your skin’s natural collagen production and elastin by creating controlled microdamage deep within the skin in various ways that trigger your body’s natural healing response into new skin.


Our laser resurfacing device uses non-ablative heat to stimulate collagen, while radiofrequency (RF) microneedling combines targeted heat and traditional microneedling for an extraordinarily effective treatment with minimal downtime, suitable for all skin types and tones.


Skin peels are an excellent first foray into anti-ageing treatments, treating fine lines and surface damage and encouraging cell turnover, as well as a range of other skin concerns, whilst LED light therapy uses red wavelengths to visibly rejuvenate and tighten skin.


Of course, one of the best defences you have against wrinkles will always be to wear sunscreen every day!

Forehead lines

What are forehead lines?

Forehead lines are the horizontal lines across the forehead, though they can be diagonal and sometimes can be described as resembling horns as they can go from the eyebrows up to the scalp.

No matter which direction they appear, they’re a common concern for both men and women, usually formed as we age with a combination of bone loss, reduced skin laxity and the muscle no longer thoroughly relaxing.

Medium to deep forehead lines are often caused by bone loss to the forehead. Some patients with decreased forehead bone volume tend to be prone to lowered eyebrows, hooded eyes or both due to the loss of the support structure from the forehead above. The forehead lines can then appear deeper to compensate; the forehead muscles lift to hold the brow up so that your hooded eyes don’t encroach on your vision.

Forehead lines differ from frown lines between the brows, though the terms are often used interchangeably. However, they usually go hand in hand, and both can be treated very effectively with simple treatments with minimal downtime.

How do you treat forehead lines?

Depending on the cause and depth of the lines combining filler, anti-wrinkle injections, resurfacing laser and RF microneedling or having the treatments individually works at tackling the concern with fillers padding out the depth of the wrinkles, while anti-wrinkles further soften the lines and RF microneedling improving the skin quality & texture.


Dermal fillers soften the lines caused by the volume deficit and give a natural lift to the brow.


Anti-wrinkles work as a muscle relaxant, and so when injected into the muscle in the forehead, they soften or reduce their ability to contract, making the wrinkles much less visible. We’re always after a natural result for our patients, avoiding the ‘frozen’ forehead that can often look a little not-quite-right.


Our fractional non-ablative resurfacing laser focuses on plumping and smoothing from within by delivering multiple beams, seen as columns of laser energy, deep into the dermis to induce dermal collagen remodelling.


RF microneedling treats forehead lines through controlled injury and heat delivered throughout the treatment, stimulating the skin to produce new collagen over time for a fresher, smoother appearance.


Optimising the skin’s health with medical-grade skincare and skin peels amplifies and preserves results.

Frown lines

What are frown lines?

Separate from forehead lines, frown lines are found right between the brows, the ones that can look like a number eleven. They occur when the muscle gets larger from being used like any muscle does combined with decreased skin laxity. Over time the muscle fails to fully relax back into its normal position, and the wrinkles stay.

How do you treat frown lines?

For frown lines, we usually recommend anti-wrinkles only as fillers carry a higher risk in this area. Other treatments recommended are resurfacing laser and RF microneedling.

When treating with anti-wrinkles, frown lines are often treated alongside forehead lines if they’re a concern as well, as their causes and treatment approaches are usually intertwined, and treating them together gives the most natural look.

Our fractional non-ablative resurfacing laser works deep into the dermis to stimulate dermal collagen remodelling, plumping and smoothing from within.

RF microneedling improves the frown lines by improving the skin quality and texture using controlled injury and heat delivered throughout the treatment to produce new collagen in the skin, giving a fresher, smoother appearance.

As always, we’ll also recommend a good medical grade skincare routine, notably including retinol and sunblock, to keep your skin at its best.

Gummy smile

What is a gummy smile?

We call it a gummy smile because the other term is ‘excessive gingival display’, but it’s a prominent facial feature that’s evident when too much gum shows with a smile. All smiles are beautiful, and not all gummy smiles need correcting – it looks incredible on Beyonce!

We find people can be so fixated on getting rid of what they consider a flaw; they don’t realise it can be what makes them appear joyful. However, we understand some gummy smiles can unbalance your face or distract from your other features and make some people self-conscious.

How do you treat a gummy smile?

Gummy smiles can be genetic or due to dental or orthodontic issues – for example, if the upper teeth appear too short because of excessive gum tissue or tooth wear; in these cases, we refer patients to a periodontist.

What we can address are gummy smiles caused by hyperactive lip muscles, where they’re simply too strong and cause lips to rise further than they otherwise would.

Anti-wrinkle injections work on the overactive muscles that pull the lips up too much, while fillers can help those with thin upper lips to give them a touch more volume height-wise, which also helps with gum coverage.

Hollow temples

What are hollow temples?

If you’ve noticed that you’ve taken on a somewhat skeletal look as you’ve aged, hollow temples could be part of the reason. For everyone, the ageing process involves the loss and migration of fat and subcutaneous tissue, which can change the shape of your face.

The ageing process also includes losing bone volume and density, as both an increase in bone resorption and reduction in new bone formation, meaning your body starts losing more than it makes. When this effect is concentrated around the temples, it can lead to a gaunt look that can be filled out once again.

How do you treat hollow temples?

We use dermal fillers to contour the temple area, giving the appearance of your natural, more youthful face shape and reducing any angular or pinched look. We also take care to keep the shape feminine for women and masculine for men – there really is quite a substantial difference!


It’s also an area you will want an experienced clinician like one from our doctor-led team to partner with you, as there are significant vessels in the temple area that can make it a slightly more difficult area to treat effectively and safely.

Lip volume and hydration

What causes thin and dry lips?

Full, soft, healthy lips have always been one of our patients’ most popular aesthetic goals; little else can so simply transform your face and boost your confidence than beautifully balanced lips that complement your other features.

Most concerns involving the lips – usually too thin, too dry, unbalanced, or they disappear when you smile – are genetic, but volume also tends to decrease with age. Dryness and fine lines can also result from lifestyle factors, including smoking, sun damage and inadequate skin hydration.

How do you increase lip volume and hydration?

For fuller lips, we enhance with dermal fillers, ensuring we keep the shape and size natural and in line with your existing features. The type of fillers we use also helps to hydrate the lip. However, if dryness is your most significant and only concern, we recommend skin boosters that inject hyaluronic acid under the skin to boost hydration from the inside out without necessarily volumising the lips.

Another very effective option is to use anti-wrinkles for a ‘lip flip’, a treatment that subtly adds volume and shifts the shape of the lips just slightly. It’s also an effective way to address lips that disappear when you smile, as it relaxes the muscle that curls the lip inwards.

Dark circles

What are dark circles?

Dark circles under the eyes, also called ‘tear troughs’, can give anyone a wan, tired look that is difficult to eliminate – even if you keep a regular, healthy sleeping schedule. This is because stubborn dark circles often aren’t due to a lack of sleep at all but are caused by volume loss under the eye region, skin hyperpigmentation or both.

The skin under the eye area is thinner than the rest of the face, and in some people, the vessels underneath are much more visible, giving the darkened, black, blue or purple appearance. This type of vascular hyperpigmentation differs from the standard melanin hyperpigmentation that many people have, but they often go hand in hand.

Volume loss under the eye can be both genetic and a result of ageing; some people have it from an early age, and others start to appear as the years advance. The shape of the eye socket changes over time with bone loss, and with fat loss and fat migration, the results are valleys and shadows, giving the look of dark circles. Deficient cheek volume can also cause dark circles under the eye area; therefore essential to address before treating under the eye area.

How do you treat dark circles?

We can easily assess what causes your dark circles and develop the right treatment plan to target them. If your issue is skin hyperpigmentation, medical-grade skincare can help look after the skin and build its thickness, making the underlying dark vessels less visible.


Dermal fillers are used in the tear troughs to correct volume loss under the eye, filling the valleys and volume deficit areas to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Eye bags

What are eye bags?

A sagging or swollen effect under the eye in and around the tear trough can be a prominent concern that is difficult to conceal or reduce without aesthetic treatments. The skin around the eye is thin and delicate, making it particularly susceptible to the effects of ageing: the skin slows down its collagen production and loses its laxity, while the muscles also weaken. This causes the fat pads around the eye to bulge out, creating that bag-like appearance.

Eye bags can also be inherited, caused by medical conditions like thyroid disorders, or caused by allergies that lead to swelling.

How do you treat eye bags?

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling and fillers working together can be effective against eye bags. We first use RF microneedling to tighten sagging skin, with its precise microdamage triggering new, smoother, tighter skin that causes no damage to the delicate upper dermis.


We can then go in with carefully selected fillers explicitly developed for the eye area to correct volume loss and camouflage the eye bags by strategically filling in the areas around them.

Face volume loss

What is face volume loss?

Your face loses volume as you age, losing the plump, symmetrical look we usually associate with youth. Several natural processes work together over time to create ageing: bone loss, fat pads losing volume and migrating to different places on the face, and our skin succumbing to gravity and losing its thickness and laxity.

These changes reduce the support your soft tissue uses to maintain your face’s shape and contours, causing sagging skin, jowls, sunken cheeks, gauntness and more.

How do you treat facial volume loss?

Dermal fillers are often the answer to volume loss, and with an expert eye that understands balance, symmetry and how your face has changed, they are very effective at filling in and lifting your areas of concern.

 

With hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient, our dermal fillers replenish your soft tissue’s natural stores that get depleted with age. They work to both restore volume where they’re injected and build and maintain moisture deep within the skin.

Nose shape

What are common concerns with nose shape?

There are so many ways people aren’t happy with their nose, whether it’s hooked, has a bump in the middle, is not quite straight, too flat, or the nose bridge is set a little too low. While we’re all about preserving your natural features, sometimes, if the nose is not quite balanced with the rest of your face, a very subtle change can make all the difference.

How do you treat concerns with nose shape?

Depending on your specific concerns, we can combine a couple of treatments for what we call a non-surgical nose job, where we can quite subtly or dramatically change the shape and appearance of your nose, all with no surgery and minimum downtime.

 

Dermal fillers can be used to straighten, slim, address bumps, increase the height of the nose, and even lift the tip. It’s particularly good for shaping the nose if you currently contour it with make-up every day.

 

Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles around the nose, reducing the amount the nostrils flare, lifting a drooping nose tip, while also being great for bunny lines, which you can see when the nose scrunches up when squinting or smiling.

Face shaping

What is face shaping?

Shaping a face is as much of an art as it is a science, involving subtly changing the contours of any combination of the forehead, temples, cheekbones, jaw and chin to craft a shape that best suits you.

The ideal shape for an individual depends on what will balance out your face and compliment your features; we may compensate for prominent noses by highlighting cheekbones, improving poor cheek projections or correcting recessed chins. We also don’t forget about how your profile looks, which is truly important but can be overlooked.

It’s also about what shape you want, which can be somewhat driven by trends, with a heart or oval shape most popular for women where a slimmer jawline creates a softer, more feminine shape. Men are often looking for the ‘Brad Pitt’ look with the wider, stronger jawlines that feature in square and triangle shapes.

How do you treat face shape concerns?

We work with a combination of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to create and shift contours around the face. Fillers can be used to shape the forehead, temples and cheekbones and widen narrow faces or jawlines. They can also address recessed or short chins and even be used to reduce the appearance of a large chin.

As muscle relaxants, anti-wrinkles meanwhile allow us to weaken and reduce the size of strong masseter muscles in the jaw, creating a slimmer, softer, more oval look.

Thread lifts and fat dissolving injections can lift jowls or create a slimmer or sharper appearance for the lower part of the face.

Teeth grinding

What is teeth grinding?

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a medical condition where sufferers unconsciously grind or clench their teeth, either awake or asleep. It’s a problem we can address at our clinic, alleviating symptoms of jaw tightness and headaches and preventing further dental damage as prolonged grinding wears down teeth. We can also manage the painful symptoms of the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Many people with bruxism can find they have a square or strong jawline, as the masseter muscle at the angle of the jaw is overexercised with the grinding and, like any other muscle, gets bigger.

How do you treat teeth grinding?

Anti-wrinkles can be used to provide temporary relief from bruxism. This involves small injections of the muscle relaxant into the masseter muscle responsible for jaw clenching. This weakens the muscles just enough to help prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth.

If your teeth grinding has given you a squarer jawline than you would otherwise like, the anti-wrinkle injections will also help soften this.

Recessed chin

What is a recessed chin?

Recessed chins refer to chins that are short in height and lack forward projection – they’re easy to identify in profile, where the chin is set back further than the vertical line created by the top lip and brows. The overall impression can be of a less defined jawline that’s out of proportion or a jawline that blends into the neck, which both men and women are looking to address.

How do you treat a recessed chin?

Dermal fillers are very effective in filling out a recessed chin, strengthening and defining the jawline to balance the face out, all with no surgery and next to no downtime. Treating the recessed chin can also improve a turkey neck for those who have it, which is the appearance of sagging tissue underneath the chin, down the neck.

 

In addition to the dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections can be used to relax overactive chin muscles, also helping to smooth out the skin texture around the chin.

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