WRINKLE RELAX TREATMENTS
Wrinkles and frown lines can be reduced dramatically with Botox®. It works on the superficial muscles on the face to relax them thus smoothing the skin.
The effects can start to show within 3-7 days, with maximum effect usually at 7-14 days and peak improvement at around 30 days. Consider using wrinkle treatment injections in conjunction with dermal fillers to enhance the effect of both treatments. The lasting effects of wrinkle treatment injections vary from person to person but typically repeat treatment is recommended every 4-5 months to maintain the desired effect.
How does Botulinum Toxin work?
Botulinum Toxin blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botulinum Toxin relaxes the muscles so that they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Are Botulinum Toxin treatments safe?
Botulinum Toxin injections have been used safely for over twenty years to treat many neurological and ophthalmologic disorders. Each year tens of thousands of patients receive Botulinum Toxin for relief from a variety of conditions and it is a popular treatment for reversing the visible signs of aging.
What is the treatment like?
Wrinkle relaxing injections with Botulinum Toxin is simple and safe. A very small amount of Botulinum Toxin is injected precisely into several locations on the face. The needle is so fine that most patients compare the sensation to a mosquito bite. No sedation or local anaesthetic is required and you can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
Are there any side effects?
Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the injection site. This may be covered up with make up. There is the possibility of infection at the injection site. In some cases, the toxin can migrate and cause temporary weakness to nearby small muscles. In rare cases there can be drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. If this occurs it is short lived approx 3 weeks, the risk of any side effect depends upon the muscles injected. Your practitioner will discuss this with you in detail before the treatment. However because the effects of Botulinum Toxin are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, lasting only a few weeks. Probably not suitable for those with an egg allergy.
What results can I expect?
If dynamic wrinkles make you look older than you are, wrinkle relaxing injections can smooth these out and give you a more youthful appearance. However, this treatment cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin since they are unrelated to facial muscle contractions. Muscle relaxing injections will not improve sagging skin.
What are the limitations of Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin injections are a temporary solution for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. The effects of the injections last from three four months (sometimes as long as to six months). You will need to have injections about two to three times a year to maintain the effects. The early clinical studies indicate that the duration of the treatment benefits is increased over time so that you should require fewer injections in the future. The duration of the effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.
Is Botulinum Toxin used to treat other symptoms?
Yes, Botulinum Toxin has been used for over twenty years on thousands of patients to treat blepharospasm associated with dystonia.
1x area £190
2x areas £250
3x areas £300
Includes follow up 2 weeks later.