Pain free anti-wrinkle treatments
A First Time for “Botox”
“I recently had Botox injected into by forehead. This was the first time I had such treatment and was slightly apprehensive as to how it would look. As a 32 year old mother I wanted to have treatment before any lines I had got deeper. I also wanted to still look natural and have movement.
The treatment was slightly uncomfortable but that’s all and the initial results were visable in about 3 days. I was delighted with the results, there is still movement for expression but the deeper wrinkles have vanished. I will be back in 4 months time!“
- CM Dec 14
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a product which has been used in the health industry since the 1980s to treat muscle problems. From the 1990s onwards, the substance has been frequently used in cosmetic and aesthetic contexts in order to reduce visible lines and wrinkles.
How does it work?
The substance, which is produced in laboratories, temporarily weakens the muscles that are responsible for developing facial expression. This prevents the muscles from contracting and the skin is smoothed so that lines and wrinkles disappear. Untreated muscles are not affected, nor are normal facial expressions.
How is it used?
Wrinkles best suited to this treatment are those caused by muscle use, i.e. dynamic or expression wrinkles. Wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), horizontal wrinkles of the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes can all be treated with Botulinum toxin injections. It normally only takes a few minutes to administer the injections and, as the needles used are very fine, it is not usually painful. It’s very important that the person doing the injecting is an expert in facial anatomy, as the benefits of the treatment depend on their skill to treat the correct muscles.
Hyperhydrosis or excessive sweating can also be treated using Botulinum toxin.
How long do the effects last?
The treatment will on average, take 2-3 days to start working, with the full effects taking slightly longer. The speed and of action will depend upon the strength of muscles injected. Treatment is not permanent and should be treated on average every four months. Your practitioner will advise you as to when you should return for optimum results.
If Botulinum Toxin is not suitable for me, what other treatments are available?
Wrinkles which exist even when the face is relaxed, as well as the mouth and chin, are best treated with dermal filler.