What Causes Wrinkling?
Wrinkles and facial lines result from ageing, muscle activity (and over-activity) and your genetic predisposition. In addition, excessive sun exposure, alcohol consumption, emotional and hormonal influences and smoking can also increase the likelihood of wrinkles.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Lines and wrinkles can be mimimised by using a purified protein produced by Clostridium Botulinum bacteria which induces long-term relaxation of contracted muscles. This product was originally used to treat eye spasms and central nervous system disorders
Is This Treatment Suitable For Me?
Line & wrinkle treatments are ideal for anyone who has concerns about forehead creases, frown lines or crows feet. The treatment still allows expressions to show on the face which is why many patients feel they do not have to tell work colleagues, friends or partners that they are having treatments.
Many people choose to have line & wrinkle treatments to look fresher, less tired, less stressed and ultimately younger. It's always a good idea to prevent wrinkles rather than having to deal with them as and when they appear and this is where the treatment is so effective.
The treatment is injected directly into the wrinkles which results in temporarily relaxing the facial muscles and preventing the formation of wrinkles, whilst existing lines are softened.
Because a very fine needle is used, most patients find that there is only mild and temporary discomfort (likened to an insect bite). There is no need for local anaesthesia.
In most cases the treatment will take between 10 and 20 minutes. Effects will begin to appear very quickly within 48 to 72 hours, although the full extent of the treatment may not be visible for up to 10 days. Approximately two weeks after the first treatment, the effects will be reviewed with your practitioner and any further treatments or top-ups can be discussed.
How Long Will The Effects From This Treatment Last?
Initially the improvement that you receive from this treatment will last from 3 to 4 months.You will notice a gradual fading of effect and at this stage you can return for another treatment if you want to. With repeated treatments, the effect lasts longer.
Are There Any Adverse Effects?
In a small number of cases there may be some localised bruising, slight swelling, or redness at the site of the injection. This usually disappears very quickly and can respond to the application of a cool pack to the area and/or application of Vitamin K cream such as Auriderm (please ask at reception).
A temporary drooping eyelid or eyebrow has also occurred in some patients. See the manufacturer's information for rare side effects.
Botulinum has been used in thousands of patients over the last fifteen years. It is made in a controlled laboratory environment, highly purified, and administered in tiny quantities. It has an excellent safety profile.
As soon as your treatment is over you can resume normal daily activities.
What Are The Alternative Treatments?
Line & wrinkle treatments are the only treatment that directly tackles the cause of dynamic lines by weakening the muscle that causes the skin to wrinkle. Dermal Fillers, which are injected just below the surface of the skin into the line or wrinkle aim to temporarily fill the line.
Who Is Not Suitable For Treatment?
Although not proven to be harmful, this treatment is best avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.