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Many people find that as they get older, their skin starts to show the visible signs of ageing, including unwanted lines, wrinkles and a sagging appearance. For many people this results in looking older than they feel. Dermal fillers such as Restylane are ideal treatments to counteract many of these signs of ageing, without the need for surgery.

Restylane is a gel form of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in the body that hydrates and volumises the skin. As we get older, natural levels of hyaluronic acid start to fall, showing as visible signs of ageing on the skin. This process can be speeded up by a range of lifestyle factors including:

Spending lots of time in the sun: We all need to spend some time in the sun to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. However, many people find that too much time in the sun leads to premature ageing of the skin, particularly on the hands, neck and face. Natural skin pigment provides some protection, with fairer-skinned people often showing more signs of ageing than darker-skinned people.

Smoking: Smokers develop "smokers' lines" around their lips thanks to the repeat action of drawing on a cigarette. Smoking also reduces the levels of oxygen in the skin, which can add to the ageing process.

Not drinking enough water: You should drink at least two litres of water a day. This helps to keep your skin hydrated. Alcoholic drinks and coffee are dehydrating, which affects the skin.

Unhealthy diet: A healthy, balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables helps the skin to maintain a youthful appearance. The skin is constantly regenerating, and a good diet helps in this process.

Treatment with Restylane restores levels of hyaluronic acid, giving the skin a fuller, more youthful appearance. It can be used on the lower face, chin and lips. At Southfields Dental Centre, Aakshay Gulati and Pranshu Trivedi are fully qualified to provide treatment with Restylane, using their expert knowledge of facial anatomy to provide the treatment safely and to achieve the best results.

Restylane is injected into or under the skin in the required area. We use a local anaesthetic so the procedure is pain-free, and results will show instantly. Depending on the area treated, results will last between six and 12 months.

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