Anti Wrinkle Injections
What is Botox and how does it work?
Sadly the use of our facial muscles repeatedly throughout our life causes wrinkles and frown lines to develop. In addition to this the slowing down of collagen and elastin production caused by the ageing process means that these lines become permanent as we get older. The muscle relaxing injectable treatment that we use is botulinum toxin, most commonly known as Botox. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles and thus reducing their movement. This in turn stops the skin creasing and allows it to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
Is Botox safe?
When treated by a well-trained and experienced clinician Botox is very safe.
Which areas can Botox treat?
Mostly, the top half of face where wrinkles are deepened by smiling and frowning. However, Botox also corrects crow's feet around the eyes, forehead lines, 'bunny lines' around the nose, vertical neck bands, grooves above the upper lip and gummy smiles.
Botox is also a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the armpits.
What is the procedure like? Is it painful?
The actual procedure is simple and quick (actual treatment up to 20 minutes). Using a tiny micro needle, a very small amount of Botox, which comes in liquid form, is injected very precisely into the required areas on the face. The needle used is incredibly fine and therefore few patients experience even mild discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
Most are very minor, and include minor redness or swelling around injection sites (resolves within 1-2 hours), less commonly some minor bruising and mild headache. The large majority of patients do not have any noticeable side effects and many return to work straight after the procedure.
How soon will I see the results of Botox?
The effects of Botox have a gradual effect, starting to appear within a few days and reaching optimal appearance at around two weeks. You will be offered a free consultation at this time where she can give a top-up treatment if required.
How long do the effects of Botox last?
Each individual is different but on average the effects will last between 3-6 months.
What will happen once the effects of the Botox fade?
Botox is broken down by the body during the first 48 hours so does not accumulate in your system. Effects improve with multiple treatments because the muscle is already relaxed from the previous treatment so the skin is creasing less and the wrinkles are not being reinforced. If you decided not to continue having Botox treatments your face would simply return to how it was prior to treatment, the wrinkles would not be worse.