What is botulinum toxin and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin A is a natural purified protein that relaxes muscles – causing lines and wrinkles to be smoothed to create a rejuvenated appearance.
When injected into the muscle it temporarily blocks the chemical signals that make the muscle contract. Only minute quantities of Botulinum toxin A are injected with only the injected muscle being affected.
A tiny amount is injected into the hyperactive muscles. These repeated contractions cause the skin to fracture and fine lines start to appear. Botulinum toxin A blocks the nerve impulse from reaching these muscles. The muscle then simply relaxes. This relaxation enables the skin to relax and heal and the lines smooth away.
How can anti wrinkle treatments help?
Ageing results in reduction in collagen production and loss of elasticity in the skin. This can be due to simple genetics and how your skin changes over time but also as a result of sun exposure, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption and dehydration.
Anti wrinkle treatments can reduce overactive muscle movement in the face resulting in the skin looking more relaxed, smoother and younger.
By reducing overactive muscle movement in the face, your skin becomes relaxed and gets a chance to recover from continual movement. This gives your skin a smoother younger look.
The treatment is gentle lasting from 3-6 months and prevents these fine lines which give your age away.
Common Treatment Areas
Common treatment areas are:
- Glabella (Frown lines)
- Frontalis (Forehead)
- Brow lift
- Crows feet
- Nasalis (Bunny Lines
- Gummy smile
- Perioral lines
- Mentalis (Dimpled chin)
- Downturned corners of the mouth
Is it safe?
Botulinum toxin A is used in a variety of therapeutic areas to treat conditions such neurological conditions and painful muscle spasms.
It has been used for over 10 years in tens and thousands of patients worldwide and has US FDA and European licence approval.
There are no reported long-term adverse effects from Botulinum toxin A injections. The product is naturally broken down and cleared out of the muscles within 3-6 months of the treatment.
If they should occur they are:
- Mild to moderate
- Most common are slight bruising from the injection
A detailed list of side effects will be discussed at your consultation.
The wrinkle relaxing injection takes approximately 10 to 15 days to have full effect. By week two your face should feel smoother and appear fresher.
Results can last from 3 to 4 months following initial treatment. Subsequent treatments can last much longer.
Should you discontinue treatment, your lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.
Common side effects:
- mild headache
- forehead heaviness
Uncommon side effects:
- allergic reactions
- eyebrow droop
- eyelid droop
A week before treatment, where possible avoid taking medication that thins the blood such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Ginseng, Flax oil, Cod liver oil, Vit A and/or Bit E.
Always seek doctors advice before stopping any prescribed medications.
Avoid alcohol 72 hours before treatment.
As part of your treatment package you will be offered a follow up review 2 weeks post procedure.
For optimum results and post treatment recovery please follow these aftercare recommendations.
- exercise injected muscles
- remain upright for 4 hours post treatment
- avoid touching or rubbing the injected areas
- avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours
- avoid high intensity exercise for 24 hours
- avoid extreme heat (saunas/steam rooms etc)