The most popular form of non-surgical anti-ageing treatment across the world, muscle relaxing injections are a reliable and safe way to reduce and control lines and wrinkles from developing further. Botulinum toxin (known also by the brand name BOTOX) is derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This chemical paralyses muscles it’s injected in to by blocking the nerves impulses in to the muscle. Although not permanent, wrinkle reduction treatments like this usually last between 3 and 4 months, with top-up treatment required to maintain the result.
Eliminating unwanted creases, lines and wrinkles with nominal risks and potential side effects, if administered by an expert, wrinkle reduction treatments provide an effective solution to laughter lines, wrinkles around the eyes and forehead and crows feet. As well as treating frown lines, it also has some indications for use around the mouth and for sign of ageing on the neck.
During wrinkle reduction treatment, a small dose of Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscle. Each area of treatment requires a varying number of injections, but the process is quite quick. Fine needles are used to administer the chemical, and while there can a sharp sensation initially, the discomfort lasts just a few seconds. If you wish, an anaesthetic cream may be used to help reduce any discomfort during wrinkle reduction treatment.
It is sometimes noted that the area treated with wrinkle reduction can appear a little red for up to six hours after treatment but light makeup can be applied afterwards to disguise any inflammation. Occasionally bruising may occur following wrinkle reduction treatment, although this is fairly rare and the risk of this can be lessened by refraining from taking drugs including aspirin for 4-5 days before the treatment. It’s also recommended that avoiding both alcohol and demanding exercise for 24 hours following the treatment can help.
As a rule it takes 3-4 days for the effects of wrinkle reduction injections to be seen, although this varies from person-to-person, and the full effect of the treatment should be visible after 10 days in most patients. Occasionally a ‘top-up’treatment is required and if you feel this is needed contact us after 10 days; if you believe the end effect is too ‘weak’ or you are concerned about your facial asymmetry this can often be adjusted to suit.
In a small number of cases, a patient may not respond as they hope to the type of wrinkle reduction injection we use, but if this occurs there are different brands to try which are all available are the clinic. The results usually lasts for up to 4 months (average range is 2-6 months) and most patients will return for a repeat treatment every 4-5 months.
Having been in clinical use for over 30 years, wrinkle reduction treatments are considered a safe and reliable form of anti-ageing, and there are no known long-term unsafe effects from anti-wrinkle injections. In the right hands, the results of wrinkle reduction treatments are natural; the emotionless, frozen-look isn’t what most patients are looking for, after all.
Aside from superficial bruising, the only other side effect of wrinkle reduction treatments is weakness of the muscles lifting the upper eyelid. Thankfully, this issue is quite rare but is a recognised risk of wrinkle reduction injections and should be considered prior to consultation. If it does occur it is typically short lived and can be helped with eye drops.
It’s important to remember that not all wrinkles, creases and lines will disappear using wrinkle reduction treatment. Even with total paralysis of the treated facial muscles, sometimes other treatments such as dermal fillers may be required to reduce the appearance of deep set lines. Your initial consultation will allow us to confirm which treatment (or combination of facial rejuvenation treatments) is best suited to your individual needs.