Anti-Wrinkle Injections - Botox
Anti-wrinkle injections are known as Botox. Botox is a drug that is used to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle cannot contract, that makes wrinkles relax and soften.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. Botox will nott help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity. It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. The effects from Botox will last 3 to 6 months. As muscle action slowly returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.
Areas suitable for treatment
- Forehead Lines
- Frown Lines
- Crow’s Feet (Around eyes)
- Bunny Lines (Transverse nasal)
- Peri-oral Lines (Smoker’s Lines
- Marionette Lines (smile lines)
- Chin Dents
- Brow Lift
- Hyperhydrosis or Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Procedure Time: 30-40 mins
Full Recovery: Immediate
Results: 10-14 days
No. of Treatments : 6-10 sessions
Sensitivity: 24-48 hrs
|No. of areas||Price|
|Masseter (Jaw Sliming)||£299|
|Axillary hyperhidrosis (sweat reduction)||£330|
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How does antiwrinkle treatment work?
Wrinkle relaxation known as Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, so they can no longer contract.
The treatment affects the muscle underneath the skin rather than the skin itself so once the muscle is relaxed the skin stretches up and out and this can eliminate for example frown lines. Botox may also prevent the lines from becoming deeper, by reducing the habit of excessive frowning.
Why do we need antiwrinkle treatments?
With age, we develop fine lines and wrinkles for several reasons. If we frown a lot, eventually a vertical line forms and stays between the eyebrows. In the case of the horizontal forehead lines, these come from raising the eyebrows. The face is always assessed before treatment in order to make the best decision on what is the best treatment.
What are the areas that can be treated?
The common areas are the frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and smile lines or around the eyes. We can also use wrinkle relaxation to prevent the lower lip coming down on smiling, as well as to remove small lines around the mouth, jaw clenching and grinding.
What do I need to do before procedure?
It would be great if you do not wear any makeup when you come in for the procedure in order to reduce the risk of infection, but we can take it off for you. If you’re prone to bruising, you may want to take some arnica or bromelain before and after treatment. Also ideally a two week consult is necessary, in order to see the results.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is a very fine scratch, we make great effort to minimise discomfort. Topical anaesthetic is not necessary for wrinkle relaxation injections. Most patients barely feel a thing.
How can I avoid bruising?
If you are prone to bruising, you may wish to use arnica or bromelain to help reduce any bruising.
When does it start to work?
It usually takes up to five days to see some kind of result. It takes around two weeks for the final results to appear.
Can I go back to work after treatment?
Yes, you can return to work after the treatment, but please do not go to the gym or exercise until the following day. Avoid bending down for a few hours, and don’t rub the area aggressively or get a facial massage for a couple of days afterwards.
Can I have this treatment if pregnant/breastfeeding?
This treatment is not approved for use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
How long does it last?
This is variable depending on the individual, and can be anywhere from two to 4 months. In the case of wrinkle relaxation for sweating, this tends to last longer: up to four to six months.
You don’t build up a tolerance to it either; your body never gets used to wrinkle relaxation.
What can possibly go wrong?
Whilst complications are rare, they can and do happen from time to time. This could be something like a bruise following treatment, or a drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow. This is very uncommon and can be caused by either using too much wrinkle relaxation, or it being placed in the incorrect area – or sometimes it can diffuse into the wrong muscle. We prefer a ‘start low and go slow’ approach, to minimise the risk of anything like this occurring.