Is non-surgical lifting with hyaluronic fillers and Botox effective?

Botox, hyaluronic fillers, chemical peels, laser treatments: they promise to rejuvenate you for years, but are they really the modern elixir of youth? You can judge for yourself…


Jane Schultz, 52, works as a sales administrator and lives in West London. She is married to Rob, an engineer and has 4 grown-up children. She said:

Jane Shulz

Before the procedure

"The results of sun damage, cigarettes and menopause had taken a toll on my face.""I grew up in South Africa in the 1970s when there was no sunscreen. Sun damage, smoking and menopause had left scars on my face. My skin was chapped and saggy, and because I was thin, I lacked fat in the cheek area to make it more voluminous.I didn't like to smile, i.e. I hated the deep wrinkles that appeared around my eyes. But the worst were the wrinkles from my nose to my mouth and to my chin.They made my face sag, aged me and gave me a wrinkled and frown look. Whenever I looked at my starving face I got depressed at the reflection I was seeing.Surgery was not an option for me as I had a blood clotting problem. Instead, I opted for a non-surgical facelift with a combination of Botox and hyaluronic fillers.While Botox paralyzes the muscles and makes wrinkles invisible, hyaluronic fillers create volume and a lifting effect that should last about a year."

Jane Shulz 1

After 1 day

"The injection of the fillers and Botox was not that painful, but I could feel that my face was slightly puffy and swollen.""They injected Botox around my eyes and above my nose to affect the crow's feet wrinkles, between my eyebrows (glabellar) and forehead lines. After the anaesthetic in the form of an anaesthetic cream, the doctor injected a filler into the cheek area and around the mouth.After all this, I had an uncomfortable sensation that resembled stretching. I can compare the feeling to that of a visit to the dentist, but at least it took about an hour along with the consultation.When I left, I was slightly swollen. I couldn't sleep much that night as my face felt slightly traumatised.I woke up with a feeling of skin tightness and a bruise in the middle of my right cheek, a side effect of the injection that can occur.Fortunately, the medical makeup covered up any traces of the procedure as I had to go to work. Colleagues who knew I was going to have this procedure were surprised at how swollen my face was."

Jane Shulz 2

In a week

"The puffiness hasn't disappeared yet, but I've been impressed with the results so far.""When I smiled, the wrinkles around my eyes weren't as visible. The wrinkles between the eyes had started to become finer and were half gone.The wrinkles around the mouth were gone. The nasolabial lines were also almost invisible. Overall, the texture of my skin was smoother and tighter.Before the procedure, I was worried that the effect would give me a "mummified" look. On the contrary, the result was completely natural - after the procedure I was rejuvenated and happier."

Jane Shulz 3

In a month

"My friends constantly compliment me seeing the positive change. Since the swelling has gone down, the result has become very subtle and natural. The filter attracts water which has greatly improved my dehydrated skin.""I don't feel the filter in my skin at all. I only feel my face rejuvenated - more plump and balanced.My friends constantly compliment me and ask me where I had the treatments.My daughter thinks the results are impressive and my husband said I am more beautiful and look much younger. My confidence has changed - I have started to take more care of my hair and have rediscovered the use of make-up and other corrective products.Assessing the effect of the procedure undertaken, I would say it has rejuvenated my face by about 10 years."

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