Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments
How does it work?
Over time, our skin creases in the areas where we use our muscles most, eventually leaving us with permanent wrinkles. Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox™, Xeomin™, Azzalure™, Vistabel™, Dysport™) inactivates the muscles preventing them from forming the lines and allowing your skin to recover so over time the wrinkles lessen, fade or disappear altogether
What is it?
Botulinum Toxin Type A is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It has been in use since 1978 to treat many medical conditions e.g. eye squints, muscle spasms, Parkinson’s to name but a few. As a cosmetic treatment it is non-surgical treatment that can temporarily reduce lines.
What areas can be treated?
The most frequently treated areas are the Glabella (lines between the eye brows), the forehead and the crow’s feet although other areas of the face are often treated with Botulinum Toxin.
When will I see results from my Botulinum Toxin treatment?
Within 2 to 5 days, you may start to see an improvement in your wrinkles and lines; however the lines can continue to improve for up to a month after initial treatment. Depending on which Botulinum Toxin is used and your own individual metabolism results can last from 3-5 months. If you are looking for a long-term result you will need to have more frequent treatments in the first few years thereafter a maintenance treatment should be all that is required.
Will my facial expressions look natural after treatment Botulinum Toxin will not dramatically change your facial appearance or make you look totally expressionless the muscle activity that causes the forehead frown lines is simply reduced, so you should can still be able to frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases simply allowing you to look fresher and more youthful. If a more frozen result is desired then you should discuss this with your practitioner.
Who should administer Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin type A is a prescription only drug and has to be prescribed by a registered prescriber (Medical Doctor, Dentist or appropriate Independent/supplementary prescriber). Botulinum Toxin type A is injected and should only be given by a qualified Nurse, Midwife, Doctor or Dentist who has been trained to administer it. Your practitioner should also hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance to administer Botulinum Toxin type A.
Who should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin should not be used if there are any signs of infection at the proposed injection site, if you are taking certain antibiotics or in any individual with known reactions to any of the ingredients in the injection formulation. Patients with Myasthenia gravis or Eaton lambert syndrome should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin. It is important to know that you should not lie down for at least 4 hours after having wrinkle relaxing injections or drink alcohol. Sarah will discuss this in more detail with you.