WHAT ARE WRINKLE RELAXING INJECTIONS?
Wrinkle relaxing injections contain the botulinum toxin, naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In a purified form, as is the case with many drugs/medications such as Penicillin, Botulinum toxin is a very safe, effective treatment not only used in cosmetic clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including migraine and excessive sweating.
Wrinkle relaxing injections treatment for lines caused by dynamic movement can be used to:
- smooth lines between your brows
- reduce your forehead lines and crows feet
- correct your down-turned mouth
- soften upper lip lines (smokers lines)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages sent from the nerve to cause the muscle to contract. Without these messages, the muscle stays in a resting state until the ‘messengers’ recover. This recovery takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks on average.
The aim of this treatment is to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles causing expression lines (dynamic lines). It may not cause the expression lines themselves to disappear completely, this will depend upon the quality of your skin and may take time over a course of treatments. It may not ‘completely freeze’ the expression, particularly if extreme effort is exerted to make an expression.
ONE AREA £ 159
TWO AREAS £ 229
THREE AREAS £ 279
READY TO BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION?
- All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, attend ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Contamination with makeup can cause infection.
- Taking the following within 72 hours of treatment may increase your risk of bruising - Alcohol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E.
- Do cancel if you are at all unwell, even minor coughs and colds can increase your risk of post treatment complications.
- Do contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
DOES IT HURT ?
A very fine needle is used and generally this treatment is not painful and can be well tolerated with no anesthetic. Ice may be helpful in numbing the skin for nervous patients as well as reducing the risk of a bruise.
Most people are able to continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pin-prick marks, possibly minor swelling which should settle within an hour. Bruising may be more apparent the next day and can take up to 10 days to fade. Tenderness should settle within 48 hours. It is possible to suffer a headache or a sensation of tightness or heaviness for a few days following treatment. Pain killers may be taken as required.
After treatment it is expected that you will start to see an improvement within 2 or 3 days. The full result may be judged at 2-3 weeks. You may be invited to attend a review appointment at 2-3 weeks where the success of the treatment may be assessed and adjustments to your personal treatment plan made if necessary.
Results tend to last 3-4 months Movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is NOT recommended.
- Make-up should not be worn for 12 hours’ and the skin should be kept clean, with normal water. Do not use cleansing wipes which may irritate the skin.
- Avoid extremes of heat or cold, vigorous exercise, rubbing or wearing tight hats or headgear the day of treatment.
- Keep using your expressions, the toxin is attracted to active muscles.
IS IT SAFE?
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed. Adverse events are uncommon, usually occur within a few days of treatment and are expected to be temporary, usually resolving spontaneously within weeks. Your practitioner will provide aftercare advice designed to minimize risk and promote speedy recovery from any expected side effects.
Side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling at injection sites
- Redness at injection sites
- Asymmetry of expression
- Drooping of the brow, or eyelid
- Headache or a sensation of ‘tightness’ or ‘heaviness’
AM I SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT ?
- Botulinum toxin cannot be given to pregnant or breast feeding women.
- Not suitable for patients with certain neurological disorders.
- Not suitable if you are currently taking certain medicines.
- If you have previously experienced adverse reactions to any botulinum toxin treatment.
- Treatment is not recommended if you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area or are unwell in any way.
- If you are taking any medicines which affect bleeding, such as aspirin or warfarin.
- If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Roaccutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months.