Injections for wrinkle treatment are now the UK's no 1 treatment for Fine Lines and Wrinkles . It is safe, quick and straightforward, and can be combined with other treatments such as fillers (natural collagen) to give you the complete facial makeover.
We use Botox which works by relaxing the dynamic facial muscles that are responsible for facial wrinkles. The main areas it is used for are the frown, eye and forehead areas. After a few painless injections you can carry on your normal day and wait for lines to soften over the next 3-5 days. This relaxed, fresher look will stay with you up to 6 months.
Botox can be used to treat all wrinkles which are the result of normal facial movement. When it is injected into a specific muscle in the face it blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscle. This means that the nerve ending cannot tell the muscle to move, hence there will be less wrinkling of the skin in the areas treated. The upper third of the face is where the best treatment results are obtained, commonly for the reduction in crow's feet around the eyes and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Depending on the area treated, dose used, and how you respond, repeat treatments will be required around every 3 - 6 months.Read more
It may surprise you to know that botulinum toxin, or Botox® as we commonly now call it, has a history stretching back almost two hundred years. In 1822, a German doctor named Justinius Kerner, suggested that botulinum toxin injections might be used in the treatment of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Botox® is now regularly used for this condition.
By the late 1960s, Botox® had begun to be used in American clinics for the treatment of squints (strabismus).
Since then, an enormous amount of clinical trial work and patient experience has been established using Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles, and in 2009, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery rated treatment with botulinum toxin the most popular aesthetic procedure in the U.S..
A staggering 2.43 million Americans had a Botox® treatment in 2010, a decrease of 4.7% on 2009 figures. This represents 26% of all cosmetic treatments in the U.S. in that year.
Although there are as yet no similar detailed statistics available for the United Kingdom, it is likely that Botox® is also the number one procedure here.
Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, science has discovered that botulinum toxin may have even more widespread clinical uses. Spasticity in adults and children, back pain, tension headache, migraine, dystonia, (spasm of the limbs) and anal fissure (tearing in the skin of the anus) have all been treated successfully with this important product.
If you are considering treatment with botulinum toxin, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient.
Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium makes several different types of protein which are called type A to type F. These varying proteins cause muscles to relax at different levels.
There are currently two different types of botulinum toxin commercially available in the United Kingdom – type A toxin (including the brands Botox®, Vistabel®, Dysport® , Azzalure® and Xeomin® and Bocouture®) and type B toxin (Neurobloc®).
Our facial expressions change because the muscles in the face contract or relax. This is caused by the brain sending a signal via our nerve endings that we want to, for example, frown or laugh. When botulinum toxin is injected into a specific muscle it blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles in the face. This means that the nerve ending cannot tell the muscle to move. This is not a permanent condition, however, but it will last for around 3 - 4 months.
After botulinum toxin injections, your skin around the area which has been treated will look smooth and less wrinkled; but do not worry, the rest of your face will not be affected. Botulinum toxin allows the untreated areas of your face to move as normal and you will still be able to laugh, smile and frown, but with less wrinkling of the skin in the areas treated.
After a while, most patients will notice that the lines and wrinkles around their treated areas will continue to become less deep and pronounced. This is a result of the botulinum toxin as the new skin has a chance to grow without being repeatedly creased. Hence, it appears to be smoother on the surface because it has not been creased by constant muscle activity.
Botulinum toxin can be used to treat all wrinkles which are the result of normal facial movement. It is not suitable for permanent wrinkles caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
Botulinum toxin does not remove wrinkles indefinitely; it is usually necessary to have a treatment every 3 - 4 months to maintain and improve upon the original results. It has been proven to be quite safe to have botulinum toxin injections at the above frequency over a period of years.
Botulinum toxin should not be used in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The manufacturers have not performed clinical studies in this group, for obvious reasons, although it is not thought to be dangerous to developing babies.
If you are currently trying for a baby, it might be wise to delay any cosmetic treatment.
Patients who have any diseases that affect muscle activity, may not be suitable for botulinum toxin injections. You must discuss this with your practitioner. Your practitioner may also ask you if you have a history of Bell's palsy as this may affect the dosage that they use.
If you have any bleeding disorders or are taking drugs that affect bleeding time, or certain aminoglycoside antibiotics, your practitioner may advise against treatment.
You should be prepared to tell your practitioner about any medication which you are taking and any allergies you have.
Although you might have read words such as "poison" or "toxic substance" to describe the effects of botulinum toxin, this is usually just the work of sensationalist journalists who are not very well informed. There is now a huge amount of clinical and practical evidence that has been generated over the last 15 years in support of the effectiveness and safety of botulinum toxin in all its uses.
On the basis of clinical evidence, most practitioners would now recommend an initial course of treatment every 3 or 4 months for the first year for the cosmetic treatment of lines and wrinkles. It now appears that after this, the time between future injections may lengthen, with practitioners reporting that some patients may only need to return twice a year to maintain results.
Remember that the main use of botulinum toxin is to treat lines and wrinkles associated with underlying muscle movement in the upper part of the face (and some areas around
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This treatment is simple, quick and safe. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Many people have their treatments in their lunch-time, for example, and return to work straight afterwards.
The practitioner may then take a medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you are not suited to be treated with botulinum toxin. Then you would normally be asked to sign a consent form indicating that you have understood what the treatment may do, the potential side effects and also that the drug is not currently licensed for this specific use in the U.K..
Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner with you smiling and frowning and with your face at rest. This will be used as “before and after” images to show you how successful your treatment has been
All this may happen in your first visit. If you are happy to proceed further, the practitioner may also give you a first injection at this time. Equally, you may decide to keep your treatment separate from the necessary “paperwork” and not begin the procedure until your next consultation.The injections
First, the area to be injected will be cleaned with an antiseptic wipe. You do not require any anaesthetic or sedation. Then, using micro needles and disposable syringes, tiny amounts of botulinum toxin, will be injected into several points in the agreed area.
For your first treatment, we recommend that it might be wise to have just one area treated (i.e. your frown lines, for example) so that you can become comfortable with the process and the practitioner can see how you respond to your first injections.Repeat procedures
Depending on the area treated, dose used, and how you respond to botulinum toxin, repeat treatments will be required around every 3 - 6 months. These will maintain and potentially improve upon the initial effect observed.
The upper third of the face is where the best treatment results are obtained, commonly for reduction in the appearance of crow's feet around the eyes, and frown lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows.
Experienced practitioners can use botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of fine lines underneath the eyes as long as the skin is not too loose in this area before the treatment. This procedure often leaves the patient with a slightly wider open - eyed look.
Botulinum toxin can also be used to reposition or lift the eyebrows by a few millimetres. This is sometimes called a “chemical brow lift”. It can lessen so-called “bunny lines” (lines along the top of the nose caused when some people smile.) More seriously, it can help people who have suffered facial trauma or Bell's palsy. In these cases, the face can take on a “lop-sided” look, and botulinum toxin can help to correct this distressing condition.
Experienced injectors may also treat fine vertical lines in the lip area and around the corners of the mouth. Usually in these cases, an injection of botulinum toxin would be accompanied by a dermal filler. This literally fills up some of the deeper wrinkles like a cosmetic polyfilla!
A dimply chin caused by the underlying muscle that occurs in some people can also be softened as can “necklace lines” or horizontal lines around the neck. “Platysmal bands” – bands of muscle that stand out from the neck and make the neck look stringy in appearance can also be softened with botulinum toxin.
Within a few days
Most patients find that Botox® injections cause little discomfort. Many compare the feeling to a little insect bite! As the treatment is very quick, the needles used are tiny and only minute amounts of liquid are being injected into the skin; few patients experience any significant pain.
A few patients do, however, prefer to have a cream called EMLA applied half an hour or so prior to treatment to help numb the skin.
Other risks or side effects include a small amount of temporary bleeding or mild swelling which may occur at the injection site. In some cases more extensive bruising may occur, especially around the eyes, but this can usually be covered up with make-up, and is only temporary.
Occasionally, patients experience a headache after treatment, and, very rarely, double vision.
When botulinum toxin is injected into the forehead area, there is a very slight possibility that it may cause weakness of the muscle holding up the eyelid causing a “partial ptosis” or drooping of the upper eyelid.
In experienced hands this tends to happen in less than 1% of patients and will disappear over a period of 2 - 10 weeks. Some doctors also use an eye drop called apraclonidine to help to speed up the recovery if this effect occurs.
If the forehead muscles are relaxed too much, especially in patients with looser skin, the treatment may cause the eyebrows to drop slightly. Again, this is only a temporary condition and will vanish usually within 10 weeks.
Sometimes, the eyebrow position may alter so that the edges of the eyebrows become elevated. Some women like this effect, but it is generally unwanted in men. It is easily corrected with a small amount of botulinum toxin injected above the raised area of the eyebrow to help change its position.
All patients should remember that because the results of botulinum toxin are not permanent, any unwanted effects will disappear usually within a 3 month period.
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The whole treatment should usually take no longer than 10 – 15 minutes and you can normally drive immediately and go about your usual activities.What should you do after a Botulinum Toxin treatment?
As we have said, your life can proceed as normal following an injection of botulinum toxin, but as with all medical procedures, it is wise to observe the advice of your practitioner as closely as possible to ensure that you get the full benefit of the treatment, free from complicationsPost-treatment advice may include:
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