Anti Wrinkle Injections
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Fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of the ageing process with numerous causes. Most facial lines are created by the repeated use of the underlying facial muscles which eventually produce a permanent crease or wrinkle. It is possible to diminish these lines by relaxing the action of the underlying muscle using botulinum toxin (Botox®). Where the toxin is injected it temporarily reduces the facial movements which result in wrinkling. This gives a smoother, rejuvenated appearance to the face.
Botox when used repeatedly can reduce the onset of wrinkles forming in the long term. This is partly due to the effect of re-educating the facial muscles not to make expressions which cause wrinkling. You will be invited for a consultation to ensure we can achieve your desired result as there are a range of treatments we can offer to soften and relax lines and creases for a more youthful, yet natural appearance.
What areas can be treated?
Botox is frequently administered in the upper face. The most popular areas are the horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet (or laughter lines) radiating away from the eyes and bunny lines (small creases on the bridge of the nose). While it would probably work around the mouth and chin on your marionette and nasolabial lines, it would almost undoubtedly weaken the smile and so we do not recommend this treatment for this area. Creases around the mouth may however be improved by smoothing them out with a dermal filler such as Restylane.
How long does treatment last?
Successful therapy lasts between 3 and 5 months for most patients. Repeat treatment is advised every 4-5 months to ensure the muscles stay sufficiently frozen to allow the furrows to smooth out. In practice this means attending clinic three times in the first year. After using Botox for one year the intervals between injections may be longer so that you need it only twice a year.
Is Botox safe?
Botox injection is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. The treatment is now 21 years old and therefore has an established safety record. In the USA the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now licenses Botox for cosmetic use as does the British Government and European Union. Generally, Botox is categorised as a quick and effective treatment, with fantastic results and virtually no downtime.
How painful are the injections?
We use the smallest needles and the medicine itself does not tend to sting as much as injections of local anaesthetic. Most patients refer to it being as painful as having their eyebrows plucked. It is advised not to use aspirin or drink alcohol on the day of treatment as this can increase the risk of bruising.
Who should not receive Botox?
Pregnant women; although there have been no reports of birth defects with this medicine, no pregnant patients will be treated.
Breastfeeding; similarly, there is no evidence that Botox is expressed in breast milk but it is best avoided if breastfeeding.
Patients with a history of neuromuscular disease (multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis) or other types of diseases involving neurotransmission should avoid this medicine.
Patients taking the following medicines should not receive Botox: aminoglycoside antibiotics, penicilins, and calcium channel blockers.
Known allergy to human albumin (egg white) or Botox; currently there are no documented cases of allergy to Botox.
What are the risks?
As with any injection there can be some bruising and minor swelling however this is not severe and usually resolves within a few days. Uncommonly, if the Botox reaches the upper eyelid muscle there can be transient drooping for approximately 4 weeks. This is the most significant risk and happens in about 1 in 1000 injections. It develops from local spread of the Botox from the injection site and can be minimised by accurate dosage, proper placement, as well as keeping in an upright position for three to four hours after the injection. If drooping eyelids occur, special eye drops may reduce this symptom until fully resolved.
We provide free aftercare and follow up throughout your journey with us.