What are wrinkle-relaxing treatments?
Botulinum toxin is a chemical produced by bacterium clostridium botulinum. Wrinkle-relaxing treatments use a protein derivative of the toxin, which, when injected into a muscle, causes it to become weakened or inactivated. There are many different brands of anti-wrinkle injection, such as cosmetic injections, Azzalure, Dysport. At Laser Aesthetica we use cosmetic injections because we believe it has the best results in terms of unwanted migration from the site of injection.
How does it work?
By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime, the skin is creased in areas of greatest use. The ageing process causes the slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin so that as we get older, these areas of over-use become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away. In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible), during which time the you can break the subconscious habit of overusing these muscles.
For the first couple of years, frequent treatments are required to ‘re-educate’ the facial muscles. Thereafter, treatments would be less frequent until a yearly maintenance treatment is normally all that is required.
How safe are wrinkle-relaxing treatments?
In high concentrations botulinum toxin is a potent poison. However, botulinum toxin used minute doses, as it in in cosmetic therapy, has a very high margin of safety.
What happens during treatment?
The procedure takes about 15 minutes. An extremely fine, short needle is used to inject the cosmetic injection into the appropriate area. This may cause some slight but brief discomfort. The area may have some slight redness and swelling, which normally resolves in an hour or two. The treatment normally starts to take effect after 4-14 day, but this may very slightly with some individuals. The effects will normally last between 2 and 6 months, when you will start to notice an ability to move the muscles more freely.
Are there are side effects?
Side effects of this treatment are rare. Most people find that the injection causes only mild discomfort. Immediately after the injection there may be mild swelling, which usually subsides in 48 hours. occasionally a temporary dropping of the eyelid can occur. This may last a few weeks, but will always resolve. Special eye drops can be prescribed during this time to help lift the lid back into position. In extremely rare cases patients have developed an allergy to the treatment, while others have shown resistance, i.e. it causes little or no effect on the treated muscle.
- Frown lines between the eyebrows and the bridge of the nose
- Crow’s-feet at the corners of the areas
- Forehead creases
- Nose lines (bunny lines)
Cost wrinkle-relaxing treatments:
Consultation with the Doctor is £50, redeemable on the first treatment.
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