"Botulinum Toxin, Hyaluronic Acid & Skin Boosters": an all inclusive workshop

The new applications in the most popular injectables and new entries in facial treatments.

A hands-on workshop of international standards on “Botulinum Toxin, Hyaluronic Acid & Skin Boosters” was organized on Saturday 1st June by ADV Cosmetics in collaboration with Cosmetic Derma Medicine Medical Group.

At the Cosmetic Derma Medicine Clinic in Glyfada, renowned doctors-trainers of the CDM Group with many years of experience informed young dermatologists and plastic surgeons about the newest techniques, new materials, advanced treatments and good practice in the application of injectable facial treatments. Participating physicians had the opportunity to train on real cases and apply innovative techniques.

The theoretical part started with the presentation of Dr. Evangelos Vassalos, Plastic Surgeon, who referred to the anatomy of the muscles and facial structures involved in injectable treatments, stressing that a thorough knowledge of them is essential to ensure the desired result and minimize the chances of adverse effects.

This was followed by the Scientific Director of Cosmetic Derma Medicine Medical Group, Dermatologist – Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura, who focused on the applications of botulinum toxin in Aesthetic Medicine, the newest generation materials and treatment areas.

Applications of botulinum toxin: The new materials, top applications and challenges

Botulinum toxin treatments are the most popular aesthetic medicine treatment with over 3 million applications annually! However, botulinum toxin has not exhausted its potential: new formulations indicated for use even in people over 65 years of age offer more options for dermatologists to achieve the desired result and maximum duration.

During her very interesting presentation entitled “Applications of botulinum toxin in aesthetic medicine”, Dr. Tsiatoura detailed the new uses of botulinum toxin in the mid-face (nose, lips, nasolabial folds) and the lower third of the face (chin, marionette lines, chewing lines). As he explained, today botulinum toxin can be successfully applied to areas that until recently were outside the available options:

  • Lower eyelid wrinkles
  • Bunny lines
  • Upper & lower lip wrinkles
  • Scar smile (gummy smile)
  • Sadness lines (marionette lines)
  • Puff lines
  • Chests (correction of hypertrophy)
  • Nefertiti lift (muscle wrinkles)
  • Nose tip lift (tip lift)
  • Lip flip (upper lip eversion)
  • Mesobotox/Microbotox (smoothing of fine wrinkles, improvement of acne, scars and keloids, reduction of sweating and seborrhea)
  • Trapezoid Botox (Barbie Botox)

Applications in these areas multiply the potential uses of botulinum toxin, which alone or in combination with other injectables such as hyaluronic acid or skin boosters, is indicated for different facial needs and raises the bar of treatment effectiveness.

Speaking about the “new” treatment points, Dr. Tsiatoura stressed that these applications should be performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons with extensive experience and a good knowledge of the anatomy of the area.

Hyaluronic acid: “Reversal” of aging

Hyaluronic acid is a polymorphic anti-ageing material with many different uses, not only in terms of injection sites but also in terms of its molecular weight, which differentiates the application and the result. In her presentation entitled “Hyaluronic acid: Applications in aesthetic medicine & possible complications” Dr. Sevasti Afantenou, Dermatologist – Venereologist & Scientific Manager Cosmetic Derma Medicine Rhodes, gave more information about this popular material and the new treatments based on its use.

The areas of application and the desired treatment result depend directly on the classification, structure and size of the hyaluronic acid molecules, and needle or cannula injection is chosen accordingly. Thus it can be used as a filler to fill static wrinkles and scars, to enhance and replenish volume in areas such as the lips and cheekbones, and even for deep hydration and skin renewal as a mesotherapy or skin booster component.

As for its application as a filler, Dr. Afantenou pointed out that today it is used in many more places than in the past, on the face and body, covering different needs. Indicatively, the doctor mentioned the following areas of application:

  • Lips (volume enhancement, removal of smoky wrinkles)
  • Labiolateral folds
  • Eye wrinkles
  • Glabella lines
  • Cheekbones
  • Nose (bloodless rhinoplasty)
  • Jawline/chin
  • Scars/signs
  • “Filling” the cellulite dimples
  • Volume increase in the calves and buttocks

Beyond fillers

The theoretical part of the Workshop was concluded with the presentation of Dr. Constantina Mamalis, Dermatologist – Venereologist and Deputy Scientific Director of Cosmetic Derma Medicine, entitled “Beyond fillers”.

Dr. Mamali spoke extensively about skin boosters, a new injectable “hybrid” treatment between mesotherapy and hyaluronic acid fillers used with impressive results for the face, neck, décolleté, and body with many benefits:

  • Rejuvenation, reconstruction of the skin layers (thickening)
  • Rejuvenation, rejuvenation, rejuvenation and thickening of the skin (thickening of the epidermis)
  • Deep hydration
  • Deepening of the skin’s elasticity and moisture
  • Improvement of skin quality
  • Correction of imperfections (expression wrinkles, dehydrated skin, acne scars, smoky wrinkles)
  • Prevention of aging progression

Dr. Mamali also presented eye boosters, a corresponding treatment with an innovative formulation that focuses on the eye area.

Finally, Dr. Mamali referred to polynucleotides that are currently distinguished as a cutting-edge treatment in dermatology practices with action supported by a volume of published scientific studies and abstracts. Data on the results of the treatment show enhancement of skin hydration and natural tissue regeneration. Polynucleotides have also been found to fight free radicals, increase the lifespan and number of fibroblasts and enhance collagen production mechanisms – two building blocks that help to counteract sagging and improve skin elasticity. The workshop concluded with the practical part where Cosmetic Derma Medicine physicians presented hands-on applications and techniques to patients, putting into practice the theoretical training they provided to the participants who left saying they were excited to have attended the “most all inclusive hands-on workshop on facial injectable treatments”.