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Facial Ageing Series: Upper Face Ageing

The signs of ageing are often caused by invisible changes beneath the skin’s surface. Anti-wrinkle injections can reduce fine lines and deep furrows in the upper facial area by relaxing the muscles underneath, while dermal fillers can restore lost volume. The aim is to create a relaxed look – not frozen, puffy or unnatural.


wrinkle injections for facial aging excess skin

Lines appear on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. Prolonged sun exposure causes pigmented age spots to appear, while skin around the eyes can become darker in colour and start to ‘hollow’. Wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, laser therapy and the right combination of active skincare ingredients can create changes in these areas.


Decreased muscle tone upper face ageing

Repeated muscle action from expressions like smiling or frowning causes lines and wrinkles to appear around the forehead between the brows and around the eyes. These wrinkles can then deepen and become more permanent – they are called ‘static’ lines, and can be reduced through the use of cosmetic wrinkle injections. Likewise, as we age, we loose muscle tone in our face, which changes the shape and firmness; this can be replaced by dermal filler.


Upper face fat pads

The fat pads under our skin impact our facial appearance and these can shrink and descend as we age. Diminishing fat pads cause a reduction in facial volume, also creating hollowing around the forehead, eyes and temples. Dermal fillers can replace this volume with a range of gel options. 


how does depleted bone impact face age

Just like other areas of the body, our facial bones also begin to diminish as we age. Even the healthiest people find that the actual structure that once provided support to the skin, muscle and fat pads decreases, loosing shape, firmness and volume. Bone loss around the eye and temples area contributes to the formation of hollowing. A firm dermal filler can be strategically placed to replace lost bone structure in the upper face.

What causes upper face ageing?

Dermal filler clinic BrisbaneLines on the forehead, and around the eyes are the result of repeated muscle contractions from our facial expressions.

When our skin loses elasticity as well, these lines stay put, even when our face is at rest – these are called static lines. These lines can prematurely age the face, making us look more tired than we feel. Consequently, they’re areas that some women and men would like to do something to change.

[Right: before and 3 months after muscle relaxing injections around eyes performed by The Sharp Clinic].

Will I look frozen puffy or fake with cosmetic injections?

Our approach to upper face ageing is committed to ethical injecting. This is achieved through our techniques, the type of product injected – and the amount used.

What is it like to have cosmetic wrinkle injections or dermal fillers?

Anti-wrinkle injections are a quick, safe, non-surgical option for smoothing out the upper face area. For muscle relaxants, minute injections into the muscles underneath cause them to temporarily relax. The treatment takes a few minutes, and over the coming days and weeks you’ll notice a softening of the appearance of lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to restore the volume and moisture loss that also accompanies the passage of time and environmental factors such as sun exposure. Around they eyes they can add volume above your eyes, when combined with anti-wrinkle injections, contribute to an overall rejuvenation of the upper face. Dermal fillers are injected using a fine needle or cannula, and create an immediate result.

Simple and in most cases very tolerable, anti-wrinkle injections have a greater effect when they are done regularly – every 3 to 4 months preferably.

How long will the treatment last?

Fillers last up to 24 months, and anti-wrinkle injections last 3 to 4 months.

Which cosmetic injections are right for me?

Consult an experienced and qualified clinician before undertaking any cosmetic facial changes; despite being non-invasive, incorrectly administered wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can still create undesirable alterations to the face. Dermal fillers and wrinkle injections should only be prescribed after a facial assessment has been undertaken to ascertain the best products, and placement, for your long term results.

To talk to a clinician about your areas of concern, and which treatment plan is best for you, call our friendly team on 07 3202 4744 or email  


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