Wrinkle Relaxing Injections
How does Botulinum toxin work?
The aim of Botulinum Toxin is to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles causing expression lines (dynamic lines). It may not cause the expression lines themselves to disappear completely, this will depend upon the quality of your skin and may take time over a course of treatments. It may not ‘completely freeze’ the expression, particularly if extreme effort is exerted to make an expression.
Botulinum toxin is not suitable for lines present without expression (static lines)
There are 3 areas for injections. You may have all 3 areas injected or up to 3 .This will be discussed at your consultation.
- Frontalis (forehead) x 4 injections
- Crows feet 3 injections x each side
- Glabella x 5 injections
Effects of treatment may be seen within 3 days, but on average takes up to 2 weeks for full effect.
You will be invited to a review 2 weeks post initial treatment.
The treatment will start to wear off and muscle movement begins to recover around 8 weeks .
The treatment on average last 3 -4 months .
Photo courtesy of Harley Academy
Advice post procedure
- Avoid make up for 12 hours post procedure
- Avoid vigorous exercise
- Do not rub face or use cleansing wipes.
- Avoid extreme heat or cold
- Clean any glasses worn
- Avoid hats, head gear etc. on day of treatment
Potential side effects of treatment
- Small pin pricks
- Bleeding from injection sites
- Drooping of eye lid or brow
- Heavy feeling of eyelid
- Do not book and pay for a particular treatment in advance of meeting the practitioner for assessment and consultation.
- These treatments are not suitable for everyone, and cannot necessarily achieve the results you want within your budget. It is also important for you to ‘interview’ the practitioner to make sure you trust them and feel safe with them.
- Do not feel pressured to make any quick decisions.
- Do be honest about your medical history; in particular any previous facial surgery as this may alter the anatomy under the skin.
- Any medications you are taking, some may affect the way the treatment works.
- Any current illness or long-term conditions that you have.
- Any recent or planned dental treatments (this may affect the anatomy, or may increase your risk of post treatment infection). Any diagnosed neurological conditions; some may increase your risk of complications and how you recover from them.
- Do be honest about your expectations
- Do listen to the practitioner’s explanation of possible risks, side effects and complications, previous positive experience does not indicate protection or immunity from the risks described.