How can a non-surgical facelift help rejuvenate the skin

Have you ever considered having a facelift, but couldn’t bear the thought of going under the knife?

Good news. It is possible to actually treat a whole host of signs of ageing without resorting to surgery. Jowls, sagging cheeks that create ‘sausage lines’ around the mouth, skin blotchiness, age spot pigmentation, frown lines and hollowness under the eyes as well as deep grooves creating a frown around the mouth. All are treatable with non-surgical facelift, skin-tightening procedures, which are quick to perform and require very little recovery time.

So what are these procedures?

Dermal Fillers
These are injected into lower areas of the face in order to add facial volume. To treat sagging cheeks and jowls, which occur due to a loss of facial volume. The filler can also be used to plump up the skin to fill lines and spaces, most commonly on the cheeks, the lips, the lines that form from the nose to the mouth, called nasolabial folds and from the mouth to the chin, the marionette lines. Cosmetically too, flaws such as scar indentations and sunken areas of the face can be filled. Dermal fillers are sometimes applied under the eyes and in the temples.

Fat Transfer
Similar to dermal fillers, fat transfer addresses volume loss. Fat is taken from areas of the body and injected where it’s required, to counteract laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, acne scars, skin depressions, concave cheeks and to reshape lips.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Ultrasound and Laser Treatments
IPL and lasers can work in conjunction with skin care products to reduce skin pigmentation, blotchiness and redness as well as eliminate fine lines.
Ultrasound is used in a therapy known as ‘ultherapy’, which can be used to treat and lift the entire face. Its subtle and can produce permanent results.

This is a naturally occurring injectable chemical that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile. It can be tried before you resort to correcting your jawline with surgery.

Discussed in detail on this site (click here). Botox is injected into the muscle so it can no longer contract and form a wrinkle.

Laser Lifts
Lasers guided under the skin melts fat and tightens the skin. Laser lifts treat the lower face and neck to create permanent results by chiselling and sculpting. These can be used in conjunction with the rejuvenation techniques already outlined.

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are benign outgrowths of skin. Often they grow in the folds of the skin, commonly on the neck, armpits, and around the eyes.

In cases where they are visible, many people choose to have them removed as a cosmetic procedure. Tags can range in number; size; and colour not always the same as your normal skin tone. They are more prevalent in older and overweight people who tend to have developed more folds of skin.

There are a number of ways you can have skin tags removed depending on personal preference. Here’s a brief overview:

Cutting Skin Tags Off

Your doctor may elect to cut off larger skin tags. They do this by numbing the area before removing the tag with a scalpel. Usually there is minimal bleeding, though this will depend on the size. If the doctor is concerned about the characteristics of the tag, they might perform a medical biopsy and send it to a lab for testing.

Burning Skin Tags Off

Dermatologists may opt to cauterise skin tags using an electric current passed through a wire. When very hot, the wire is applied to the tag in order to burn off the skin layers. A scab will form, which in time will simply drop off. The skin shade will also fade over time.

Tying Off Skin Tags

Another skin tag removal technique is called ‘ligation’. The dermatologist ties off the tag at its base in order to cut off its blood supply. This causes the cells of the tag to die and for it to then drop off. The procedure takes around 7 to 10 days. It’s relatively painless and easy to perform.

Freezing Skin Tags Off

This method, known as ‘cryotherapy’ is the one we employ. Liquid nitrogen is directed as a fine jet under high pressure from an instrument called a ‘CryoPen’. This freezes and destroys the cells of the skin tag, causing very little discomfort. Just a slight stinging sensation for a few minutes. The tag pigment will darken over time and the outgrowth will fall off within a week or two. The area of skin treated will then heal quickly.

It’s possible to buy a product over the counter of a chemist’s that can be used to remove tags, called ‘Compound W Freeze Off’. It’s safe to use and can remove tags relatively quickly, though users post mixed reviews on its efficacy.

Ageing factors to avoid and ways to improve your skin


We can help you look younger. We at Life Should Be Beautiful offer anti-ageing Botox treatments in the Portsmouth area. Be aware though that you can help yourself too. There are several preventative measures that you can take to keep the ageing process in check.

Let’s take a look at what factors age the skin and how you might avoid them.

Sun damage has the greatest effect on ageing skin. You’re probably aware that you should avoid the sun’s strongest rays in summer, wear high-factor sun protection sunscreen and a hat with a brim. But did you know that UV rays can penetrate the windows in your home and office and cause wrinkling and brown spots? The same goes for car windows. Always wear a moisturizer with SPF.

If you drink heavily you tend to eat less healthily, thus depriving the skin of the nutrients it needs to prevent aging. Alcohol will dry out your skin. Cutting back is the simplest way to prevent this and improve the appearance of your skin.

Smoking causes wrinkles to form earlier and deeper in people who smoke. Smokers also tend to squint to keep smoke from their eyes, which can cause wrinkles. Cut back or quit. If you already have crow’s feet around the eyes, and droopy skin around the eyelids, we can help. Come and ask us about Botox if you’re in the Portsmouth area. It’s a particularly effective treatment for lines around the mouth.

Your skin needs the right nutrition to stay young and healthy looking. Antioxidants like vitamin C and E, as well as vitamin A and the B vitamin biotin, are particularly important for healthy skin. Eat five to seven servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Tomatoes, citrus, green leafy vegetables, and carrots are all good.

Lack of sleep. While you’re snoozing, the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. Sleep tracking apps and devices can help you define your sleeping habits. These devices can recommend personalised sleep schedules, give you reminders of when it’s time to go to bed and tips for improving your night time routine.

Meditation can also improve sleep. The easiest way to drift off to a better night’s sleep is with a guided meditation app with features designed to ease you into sleep such as Buddhify or Calm.

Keep healthy and aware. And if you’re in the Portsmouth area, you can always talk to us about Botox treatments.


What areas on your face can be treated


You’re probably aware of Botox treatments used to reduce the effects of ageing. But do you know which areas of the face can be treated?

If you’re in Hampshire, call us for a full Botox treatment consultation. But firstly, let’s get acquainted with the areas of the upper face that you might want to address, including:

Between the eyebrows. Frown lines – vertical creases – can gather here, lending a tired or angry look. These can be smoothed very effectively, resulting in a rejuvenated and more relaxed appearance.

Top of the nose. ‘Bunny lines’ are creases that appear when we wrinkle up our nose. Botox injections at either side of the nose can reduce their appearance.

Eyebrows. The brow can drop with age, giving the eyelid a ‘hooded’ appearance. This can create horizontal folds in the surrounding skin. A ‘chemical brow lift’ or ‘Botox facelift’ can be administered to open up the eye area and lift droopy lids.

Around the eyes. Wrinkles (commonly known as crow’s feet) form at the outer corners of the eyes. Botox is very effective in reducing their appearance hence this procedure is one of the most popular.

Under the eyes. Fine creases that form underneath the eyes can be smoothed.

The forehead. ‘Surprise lines’ appear when we raise our eyebrows, becoming more apparent with age. Excessive lines can give the face and skin an aged appearance. Botox can lessen the effect though may not remove the lines completely.

If you’re interested in the upper face Botox treatments in Hampshire, call us for a full consultation.

If you’re interested in areas that can be treated on the lower face, these include:

The Chin. The muscles in the chin become overactive with age, creating a dimpled, puckered appearance. Botox may be used to relax these muscles, thereby smoothing and reducing the overall dimpled effect.

Jawline and Neck. Lines and wrinkles can develop horizontally and vertically on the neck (the latter known as ‘Turkey neck’). Botox can be used very effectively to smooth and relax the lines in a procedure called the ‘Nefertiti lift’.

Jaw Angle. Prolonged episodes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also known as ‘bruxism’) can result in worn teeth, headaches and earaches. The muscles can be relaxed by injecting Botox into the jaw area.

If you’re in Hampshire and you’re interested in any of the above procedures, call us for a full Botox treatment consultation.


Face treatments Delivering the “Feel Good Factor” – in more ways than you think

Feel Good Factor

What do you think of when you hear the word, Botox? I suspect, like most clients that come to us for Botox in Southampton, thoughts would be in relation to cosmetic enhancement. This would be quite right in regards to the treatments we provide; giving subtle changes and producing the fresher, brighter appearance that our Clients are looking for.

However, you may be interested to learn that Botox (botulinum toxin to give it its full name) not only has the ability to deliver “The Feel Good Factor” but it can also provide a range of other practical benefits in the treatment of several medical conditions:

It can help back pain

Did you know that it can be used in the treatment of back pain?  Botox is a muscle relaxant and therefore can be used to elevate muscle spasms in the back.  Also Dysport, a Botox like substance, is used in conjunction with exercise to relieve knee pain that is common in runners and cyclists.

It’s being trialled for heart bypass care

Another use of Botox that may surprise you is heart bypass care.  It is being trialled to help eradicate irregular heartbeat after surgery.  In initial trials only 7% of patients that were given Botox suffered atrial fibrillation compared with 30% that received the current treatment.

Gives relief to those who suffer Multiple Sclerosis

Would you believe it also has an application in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis?

People with this condition experience shaking, when hot or tired; current medication used to elevate this often has little effect and so Botox is being trialled to see if it can provide a better solution.  In the study released following the trial it reported that the use of Botox resulted in a significant improvement of reducing the tremors.

Burning Mouth Syndrome relief

Burning Mouth Syndrome may not be something we are all familiar with but it gives great discomfort for sufferers and can last for months, even years in some cases.  It causes a burning sensation in the tongue and sometime in the roof of the mouth and lips.  In trials patients were given several injections and within 48 hours were pain free and had no side effects. Further, larger scale, trials are taking place but it is hoped that this will prove just as conclusive as the original trial and will soon provide welcome relief for people with the condition.

It is truly amazing what other applications Botox may provide, beyond the benefits of helping us to look our very best.