WHAT ARE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?
Anti-wrinkle injections commonly known by many as the brand name "Botox®" work by causing the facial muscles to relax, smoothening the appearance of wrinkles that occur naturally with age and help prevent further ageing of the skin.
Injectable Botulinum toxin A is a purified protein extracted from Botulinum bacteria used for anti-ageing treatments. Botox® is a prescription-only medication (POM) and is prescribed specifically for you. “Botox®” treatment is one of our most popular treatments as it is easily preserves a youthful appearance. Botulinum toxin type A injections are approved by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) for lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.
Over time, frown lines, or ’11’ lines often develop between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles becoming more visible at rest and crow’s feet lines developing around the eye. It’s also common for lines to develop around the mouth, or more specifically the upper lip.
Anti-wrinkle injections target muscles which are overactive or frequently used and result in lines and wrinkles developing and also prevent established lines and wrinkles deepening.
Whether you want to prevent certain lines occurring, "press pause" on any further lines developing while still maintaining a natural appearance or enhancing features you wish to improve- Contemporary Aesthetics can guide you to the most appropriate treatments.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Through regular facial expression, the muscles of the face contract. Over time, this can create lines and wrinkles in the face that can become present at rest, this process can be further accelerated by other factors including stress, sun exposure, smoking, alcohol intake and hormonal influences. During facial expression, a message is sent via nerves from the brain to the muscles instructing them to contract. Anti-wrinkle injections can block this message meaning the muscles are unable to crease the skin.
This treatment has a wide range of applications to treat the full face and softens existing lines, therefore restoring a more youthful appearance to the face.
WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Anti-wrinkle injections are carried out using a fine needle targeting specific muscles with minimal discomfort. They do not require any anaesthesia (numbing), and you can carry on your normal activities afterwards. The treatment itself takes a matter of minutes following which the results take 7-14 days to take effect.
The anti-wrinkle injections involve using very fine needles to place product tartgetting specific muscles. The whole treatment takes minutes even for a full face treatment. The treatment is virtually painless and there is no recovery time required. It is very popular to get your Botox® treatment done during the day so you can get on with your day.
WHERE CAN BE TREATED WITH BOTOX® ?
Forehead lines- Those lines that appear when raising your eyebrows
Frown lines – the lines that appear between the eyebrows
Crow’s feet – wrinkles around the eyes
Lines around the mouth
"Gummy smiles"- where the upper lip lifts to show excess gum and teeth
Uneven chins and downturned mouths- areas can be smoothed and made symmetrical
Bunny lines – on the side of the nose when smiling
Necklines – horizontal ‘necklace lines’ and vertical ‘platysmal bands’ (Nefertiti Neck Lift)
Marionette lines- to lift upturned corners
Enlarged jaw muscle – due to excessive grinding
Hyperhydrosis- excessive sweating
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT LAST?
Anti-wrinkle injections typically last 3-6 months. As the effects wear off muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles reappear and require re-treatment. However, with time the lines and wrinkles will soften. Repeating treatments at appropriate intervals will mean that the muscle is not allowed to regain its full size and strength and therefore treatment won’t need to be repeated as frequently.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS?
Following treatment, you will be provided with verbal and written aftercare instructions to minimise your risk of side effects. This is a very safe procedure -the amount of Botox® used per injection is extremely minimal. You may experience some minor side effects including minor redness or swelling that subsides within an hour, and rarely bruising. Less commonly reported are headaches that last 24-48 hours after treatment. There is no downtime and so you can resume your daily activities immediately.
Amy will discuss all the risks and benefits of treatment during your mandatory pre-treatment consultation to ensure you are fully informed.
WILL MY FACE BE FROZEN?
Amy designs your treatments with you to best achieve the desired result, whether this be completely frozen or very natural, subtly but fresher. Often friends are family are unaware of what treatment you have had but comment that you “look great”.
Over time, the 'frozen' look can be associated with the use of too much anti-wrinkle injection in one area. Every course of treatment is custom-tailored to the individual and adapted over time to avoid this.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TREATMENT?
DO resume your normal life straight away!
IDEALLY- use the muscles we have injected in the hour after treatment e.g if you have had your frown treated, frown as much as possible as research has shown this encourages a quicker uptake of the product.
- RUB YOUR FACE for 24 HOURS
- lie down for 4 hours
- have very hot showers/baths/saunas
- do vigorous exercise for 24 hours
- don’t have excessive alcohol on the day of the treatment
Full aftercare and contact in case of any (very unlikely) emergency is included in the cost of all treatments.
WHEN SHOULD I START HAVING BOTOX TREATMENT?
The ideal time to consider having Botox® is when you begin to notice lines and wrinkles appearing in in movement (such as smiling or frowning). This usually happens in your 30’s but it varies between individuals and is effected by genetic and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, stress and smoking.
Botox® works best at this stage, rather than waiting and trying to treat deep lines where the collagen in the skin is already damaged and the wrinkle appears even when your muscles and face is not moving!