Youthful-looking skin – the Holy Grail of beauty – no longer requires going under the surgeon’s knife. Wrinkle reduction injections are just one of the ways that we can significantly reduce the appearance of fine expressive lines and wrinkles, and help you look like a refreshed and rejuvenated version of yourself.
Our approach to wrinkle reduction injections is to reduce the intensity of the muscle activity that causes lines in the treatment area to allow your skin to rest and soften the wrinkles over time. Because the results are temporary, you have the freedom to refine the results with each treatment.
- Natural-looking results
- Improves dynamic lines & wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions
- Lifts eyebrows & diminishes creases around the eye area, including crows’ feet
- Diminishes frown & worry lines for a more relaxed look
- Advice that’s unique to you & your needs
What is Botox?
Botox® (Botulinum toxin type ‘A’) is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It was developed during the 1970s – 1980s to treat blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids) and strabismus (squint).
In 1997 it achieved FDA approval for cosmetic use in the USA and by 2006 was granted a license by the MHRA in the UK for the treatment of frown lines. Worldwide, now more than 3 million Botox® treatments take place per year.
Why would I need Botox?
Natural looking results
See how wrinkle reduction injections have helped some of our existing patients to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance with natural-looking and beautiful results
How do wrinkle reduction injections work?
Wrinkle reducing injections temporarily put targeted muscles to sleep for three to four months. These injections have great effect in areas where ‘dynamic’ wrinkles are produced by continual creasing. The facial skin overlying the treated muscle will appear much smoother and relaxed. It can soften wrinkles that are there at rest by giving your skin a chance to repair, but cannot erase these static lines altogether. Probably most desirable is its ability to stop your wrinkles getting worse.
What areas can be treated?
The best results are usually obtained in the upper third of the face, specifically crows’ feet, upper forehead and the brow areas. Wrinkle reducing injections can also be used to lift the position of your eyebrows by a few millimetres and/or to soften dimply chins and horizontal neck lines.
What happens during the treatment?
When you come in to the clinic for this treatment, we will cleanse your face before applying an anaesthetic cream to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Careful measurements will be made our practitioner will ask you to repeatedly frown or squint, so that she can see how your facial muscles are affecting your overlying skin. She will then inject small amounts of a nerve blocking product into your muscles using micro-fine needles.
We will ask you to come in for a second appointment two weeks later to assess and document your results so that the regime can be improved, if necessary.
When should I see results and how long will they last?
You should see the relaxing effects of your treatment within two to 14 days. Wrinkle reduction injections offer different levels of results in individual patients. On average, most people see an improvement in the treated lines and wrinkles for three to four months after their treatment.
Are wrinkle reducing injections safe?
Wrinkle reducing injections cannot produce permanent damage or travel within the body to make you ill. The product we use attaches to the muscles it is placed in and does not migrate from there; the injection technique ensures that it cannot pass into your blood stream.
Wrinkle reduction injections use prescription-only drugs that have to be prescribed by a medical professional, such as a doctor, dentist or nurse prescriber. Prescription-only drugs cannot be advertised, which is why you won’t find brand names on our website or information sheets in the waiting room!
The most common side effects of this treatment are bruising and slight redness at the injection site; some people report a mild headache, particularly after a forehead procedure, but these symptoms usually self-correct within 24 hours.
Rarely, people have reported nausea, distant muscle tremors or a ‘flu-like’ illness, dry mouth, skin rashes, muscle atrophy, itching or an allergic reaction. Less than one percent of patients report eyelid drooping that resolves within two to ten weeks, or unwanted changes to the eyebrow position.
Choosing an experienced practitioner like us who has a proven history of successful treatments is important to minimise the risk of side effects.
What should I do immediately following my treatment?
For the few hours following your treatment it is important to gently exercise the treated muscles by actively using them, e.g. frowning and smiling as frequently as possible. There is some evidence to show that this helps to improve the results.
At the same time, you should avoid touching the treated area for three to four hours to reduce the product accidentally spreading to neighbouring muscle groups. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions so you know what to do to help support the best outcomes from your treatment.