I've been curious to try the jawline treatment, and also to meet Dr Darren McKeown, who up to now has had a career as a plastic surgeon in the NHS. He's been doing fillers and Botox as well for some considerable time, but it's always a risk seeing someone new - especially with something as important as your face. He explained the procedure to me - and here's where the surgeon training shows - he uses a canula instead of a sharp tipped needle to insert the filler because the jawline area is home to several important nerves, glands and blood vessels which he feels are at risk using a traditional sharp tipped needle because it could literally glide straight through a nerve, where as the blunt tipped canula would resist and push the nerves out of the way. A better option all round, I feel, as although fillers and non-surgical procedures are pretty well the norm, there are always some risks.
He inserted some local anaesthetic around my jaw - and then a whole whack of the stuff into the area between the bottom of my nose and top lip (is there a name for that place?? not sure...) which I really didn't like, so he could add a bit of filler to the corners of my mouth to send them into a smile, not a frown. After that, and here come the gory pictures, he pushed the canula through and inserted the filler.
|Fine needle (large) and micro-canula (small)|
|Canula going in...|
|My Fu Manchu Moustache!|
Jawline contouring is a very effective treatment in jollying up your jowls - I'd recommend it in a heartbeat - and mercifully can recommend Dr Darren too (how embarrassing if I couldn't!). He's a lovely, friendly and easy-going man who just 'gets it' about how women want their faces to look, and incidentally, has wanted to be a plastic surgeon since he was six years old. I forgot to say that before he started working on me, he drew lines on the lower part of my face with a black eye liner (I didn't look silly or anything, honest, ahem) to be sure of a symmetrical result. The whole thing was over and done with in under an hour and the results are instant. I have to be honest and say the area is a little tender right now, but I had a meeting straight after the treatment and nobody could see any puncture marks or swelling.
The treatment costs between £275 and £475 (remarkably reasonable if you do price comparisons) and the results should last about a year. Darren is also launching Naked Truth; a skin care line, about which I will post properly at a later date. http://www.drdarrenmckeown.com/