Anti wrinkle injection / botox
As we age our bodies produce less collagen that keeps our skin youthful and firm. This causes wrinkles and lines to deepen and become more apparent. If you want to achieve a youthful, rejuvenated appearance, injectable anti ageing treatments with botulinum toxin (Botox) are a simple and convenient way to smooth out those lines without any need for surgery.
Botulinum toxin injections (Botox) is a medical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles. It can make those crow’s feet and frown lines less apparent, thereby creating a more youthful, rejuvenated and fresher appearance without the need for surgery.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin or Botox for short is a neurotoxic protein that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It was discovered in 1946 by Dr Edward J. Schantz. Since then its usefulness has found its way into many medical applications with the most well known and popular use being for cosmetic and aesthetic medicine.
How does it work?
Botulinum toxin acts as a neurotoxic protein that blocks the transmission of neurotransmitters that are required for the activation of our muscles. By targeted injection into certain muscles in the face which cause the formation of wrinkles, the targeted muscles are frozen and therefore the wrinkles are reduced.
How long does it last?
Botulinum toxin injections block the transmission of neurotransmitters. Our bodies however metabolise the toxin over time and as it dissipates, the muscles that were frozen begin to work again. As a general rule, botox injections tend to last between 3-4 months but occasionally may last up to 6 months before they need to be topped up.
Is it safe?
Botulinum toxin has been used in the medical field for over 30 years with an excellent track record for safety. With any treatment however, there are potential risks and complications which can occur. These are discussed below.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions
Your requirements will be discussed during the consultation to decide on the areas to be treated. Small amounts of the toxin is injected just beneath the skin, into the muscles to be treated. The needles that are used are very small and are not particularly painful so no anaesthetic is required. The injected areas are usually a little red for the first few hours before settling down. It is important not to massage the injected areas and you should also avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the first 24 hours. The toxin takes 3-7 days to work and usually lasts between 3-4 months but can occasionally last up to 6 months.
No formal follow up is required however if you require a top-up then you can be seen at 2 weeks
Redness : There will be some redness around the injection sites that will last for a few hours
Bruising : Bruising around the injection sites is uncommon. When it does occur, it is usually minor and settles in a few days
Eyelid / Eyebrow droop : The botulinum toxin can cause a droop to the eyelid or eyebrow if the toxin travels to these muscles. It is therefore important to be assessed prior to your treatment to ensure that the toxin is suitable for you. It is also important to avoid massaging the injected areas and strenuous exercise 24 hours after your treatment
Allergic reactions : Allergic reactions are possible but are very rare