Wrinkle and Fine Lines Treatment
Botulinum Toxin, also known as BOTOX is the most popular anti-ageing treatment available. The Botulinum toxin injection is a medical treatment that can be used to help relax facial muscles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This non-surgical treatment can alter your appearance with little to no downtime after just one session. The most common use of Botulinum toxin is for the cosmetic treatment of fine lines and wrinkles – often the most telling sign of age. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by changes in the skin, around areas where muscles are overactive, for example, around the eyes and mouth. Botox® is also used to treat migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
What is Botulinum Toxin and how does it work?
Botulinum Toxin Type A is the specific bacterial toxin used in cosmetic treatments. It is a naturally occurring protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The amount of toxin used in treatments is minimal and extremely safe. The Botulinum acts on the nerve endings found in the muscles rendering the muscles temporarily inactive thereby making the face appear softer, smoother and younger.
Which areas can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas are the frown lines on the forehead, Crow’s feet around the eyes, bunny lines on the bridge of the nose, horizontal necklace lines and vertical platysmal bands. This treatment is particularly effective in those who wish to reduce their natural tendency to frown, want their eyes to look more refreshed or who want a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
- Dimpled Chin Correction (Mentalis)
- Downward Smile Correction
- Eye Wrinkles (Crows Feet)
- Forehead and Frown Wrinkles
- Gummy Smile
- Correction Jaw
- Line Slimming Treatment for a square jaw (Masseters)
- Lip Wrinkles (Smokers Lines)
- Nose Wrinkles (Bunny Lines)
- Platysmal Bands
What happens on the day of my treatment?
On the day of your treatment one of our doctors will guide you through the entire procedure and obtain your written consent. You will decide which areas you want to treat in order to achieve your desired results. Once you are ready the procedure will begin.
Firstly, the area of skin to be treated is cleaned. Then Botulinum Toxin muscle relaxant will be injected into the target areas through a very fine, specially designed Botulinum Toxin needle. The needles used for the Botulinum Toxin treatments are specifically manufactured to minimize discomfort. Local anesthetic is not usually required for the procedure. The injections may be a little uncomfortable but most people are able to tolerate the slight discomfort. In the short 20 to 30 minute appointment frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet can all be reduced.
How long does the treatment take?
Each session takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
What should I expect after my treatment?
The Botulinum Toxin treatment is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure. As a result there is little to no down time although, activities such as exercise should be avoided for at least 6 hours after the treatment. Most people find that the injections cause only mild discomfort. Immediately after the injection there may be mild swelling which usually subsides within 48 hours, and slight bruising is possible.
How should I care for my skin after the treatment?
There is next to no down time, although activities like exercise should be avoided for at least 6 hours after the treatment. The area should not be touched for 24 hours and a review with your doctor should take place 2 to 3 weeks after the first procedure.
Are Botulinum Toxin injections safe?
When administered by a trained medical professional, Botulinum Toxin injections are relatively safe. Despite being a toxin, the substance used in the Botulinum Toxin injections is a purified, safe strain called Botulinum toxin Type A. As with all treatments, there are some side effects associated with its use, but most of these are mild and temporary. Side effects of this treatment are extremely rare.
Who should not have Botulinum Toxin injections?
Botulinum Toxin injections should not be used in women who are pregnant or breast feeding. Botulinum Toxin injections are not recommended for anyone who has previously experienced an adverse/allergic reaction to the botulinum toxin type A or has a current skin infection in the desired area of treatment.
The Results Depending on how deep the lines are, anti-wrinkle injections will undoubtedly help and in most instances to smooth the lines away, however, if the lines are very deep, sometimes further treatment with an injectable dermal filler is required in order to get total smoothing of the skin. The clinical studies indicate that having anti-wrinkle injections over a prolonged period means that over time, one should require fewer injections in the future. This treatment can be combined with other treatments for example dermal fillers and thread lifts to achieve a even more superior outcome .