WHAT ARE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS (TOXINS)?
Wrinkle and line relaxation treatments are the most popular of the non-surgical aesthetic treatments. “Botox” is one of the brand names by which Botulinum Toxin A is widely known. Another popular brand name is “Azzalure”. These medicines are prescribed by doctors to eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face.
WHAT ARE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS USED FOR?
Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used cosmetically to treat fine, moderate, and severe lines and wrinkles on the face. Botulinum Toxin is also used for many medical ailments, such as blepharospasm, migraines and excessive sweating.
HOW ARE THESE INJECTIONS DONE?
Very fine needles are used to minimise pain and scarring. Very small volumes of Botox are injected into specific areas to “freeze” the muscles desired to create the effect the person wants
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS OF ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS LAST?
The smoothing effects of anti-wrinkle injections typically last between 3-4 months. However, staying on top of your toxin injections helps improve the skin and muscle tone, so over time many people find that they can go longer between treatments.
HOW DO ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS WORK?
Essentially, the toxin stops the nerves from talking to the muscle, resulting in lesser movement and therefore smoothing and preventing lines and wrinkles.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Around 15 minutes.
IS THE PROCEDURE ITSELF PAINFUL?
These injections involve fine needles are most people do not find these painful at all.
ARE THESE TOXINS SAFE?
Over 1.6million Botox injections are being performed annually. It has been used for over 21 years and has an established safety record. It is a quick and effective treatment which is ideal for patients who have minimal signs of facial aging with minimal downtime.
ARE THE RESULTS INSTANT?
Anti-wrinkle injections start to work within 3-10 days, with full effects seen at 14 days.
ARE THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
The effect is not permanent and can be repeated at 3–6 monthly intervals to maintain the effects.
Three visits in the first year are recommended. Subsequent visit intervals can be extended to twice yearly top ups, as repeated treatments can make the muscles more relaxed.
HOW MANY 'AREAS' DO I NEED? WHAT IS AN 'AREA'?
Anti-wrinkle injections are typically used to treat 'areas': these are the frown lines (11's), expression lines (forehead), and crow’s feet (eye wrinkles). Each of these are 'one' area', and the most common amongst our clients are these typical three areas at once. However, which areas you have treated are completely up to you. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to treat 'orange-peel' chin, 'bunny lines', and provide an eyebrow lift - amongst others.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD - OR SHOULDN'T DO - PRIOR TO THE TREATMENT?
We advise you not to drink alcohol or take Ibuprofen within the preceding 24hours of your appointment, as this can increase the risk of bruising.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY TREATMENT?
Not much! Immediately following injection, the treated areas may be slightly pink and / or 'bumpy' for 5 - 10 minutes. Then it's just a case of waiting for it all to kick in!
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T DO AFTER HAVING ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?
Keep upright for 3-4 hours. Do not massage the treated areas. Do not take any aspirin for 2-3 days either side of injections as this may help reduce signs of bruising. Don’t perform any vigorous exercise for 24-48 hours after treatment. Avoid facials or massages when you might be lying face down on a circular pillow for 48 hours. Anti-wrinkle injections really are a treatment you can have in your lunch break and return to work straight away, there really is no down time at all!
WHAT ABOUT ANY RISKS?
Anti-wrinkle injections are very safe when injected by experienced medical professionals. Remember our medical experts are NHS Consultants in Anaesthetics and have years of experience in managing far more serious injections and medical conditions, under their belt. The main risks associated with toxins are associated with the injections themselves - that is, pinprick redness, pinprick bleeding (both of which resolve during the treatment), possible small transitory bumps immediately afterwards (which go within 5-10 minutes), and a small risk of pinprick bruising. There is a risk of dropping the eyebrow, raising the eyebrow, or dropping the eyelid - however, rest assured these are not only very rare (1:1000) when you are treated by a skilled medical profesisonal, but are also correctable. Allergic reactions are possible after any medication. This is extremely rare.
ARE THERE ANY PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?
You cannot have anti-wrinkle injections if:
· You are pregnant
· You are breastfeeding
· You are taking certain antibiotics or medicines such as calcium channel blockers.
· You have any chronic muscle or nerve conditions, such as Eaton Lambert syndrome, myasthenia gravis, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
· You have any sensitivity to any of the product excipients - human albumin or lactose monohydrate.