What are anti-wrinkle injections and how do they work ?
They are injections of Botox or Azzalure which are purified proteins derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Their active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, has been used in the medical world for over 20 years. It is one of the most widely used and reliable options for treatment of dynamic lines (ie wrinkles) and has been used cosmetically for more than 10 years.
Tiny amounts are injected with very fine needles into the muscles responsible for causing wrinkles and relaxes them by stopping them from contracting. This results in softening of the dynamic lines caused by their continuous movement. Effectiveness is dependent on the strength of the muscles injected and individual response.
How soon will I see results?
You should start to see a noticeable improvement after 2-3 days but it can take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects
How long will it last ?
The benefits of treatment last between 3-4 months. The efficacy of the product increases with repeated treatments therefore the results last for longer. Once the effects have fully worn off the muscle function returns totally and completely to normal.
Are there any side effects or complications?
The most common side effects are headache and reactions at the injection sites such as redness, swelling, irritation, stinging, pain, numbness, itching, bruising, bleeding. Less common side effects can include watery eyes or dry eyes or sometimes visual disturbances. These side effects if they occur are usually mild and very short term.
Some patients may experience a droopy eyelid or eye brow – this is temporary and will wear off as the effects of the treatment fades.
An extremely rare side effect would be muscle weakness away from the site of injection.
Am I suitable?
You are suitable unless any of the following apply to you
- Under 18 years of age.
- Pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- Taking anti-coagulant medications.
- Taking certain antibiotics.
- Have a Bleeding disorder of any sort.
- Suffering from any neuromuscular conditions such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton Lambert syndrome, Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
- Known allergy to Botulinun toxin or a previous adverse reaction.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Issues with aspiration.
- Infection at potential injection sites.
- Up coming dental or facial surgery.
- Known muscular weakness of the forehead or face.
- Already have drooping eyelids or brows.
If none of the above conditions apply to you then from a medical view point you are suitable however we will assess your suitability at consultation to ensure that Botox is the right cosmetic treatment to address your concerns.
What will happen at my appointment?
First we will ask you to complete a medical history to be sure you are suitable for treatment. We will discuss what you hope to achieve from your treatment and will decide on a treatment plan and ask you to sign a consent form.
Photographs will be taken for comparison at your 2 week review visit.
The actual treatment itself is quick and the entire session should not be more than about 30 minutes. There is really no down time after treatment and you can pretty much carry on with your daily activities within the confines of the after care as will be outlined for you. We will give you a written advice sheet outlining the after care.
Is it just for women ?
Absolutely not !
Man can dislike their frown lines, crows feet and forehead wrinkles just as much as women and can be treated with Botox in exactly the same way.
Men’s muscles are usually stronger and they may require slightly higher doses to achieve similar results.