Anti wrinkle Injections
Soften lines and wrinkles created by facial expressions
What are Anti wrinkle Injections?
Throughout the natural ageing process as our skin loses its collagen elasticity, the effects of continued muscle contraction lead to the development of lines and wrinkles. Facial expressions such as squinting, frowning and raising the eye brows creates a muscle movement that causes the skin to crease and wrinkle. Repeated action of this over many years along side other factors such as sun exposure and life’s style further contribute to the development of expression lines that eventually become static in nature even when we are not contracting the muscle, these are commonly known as crow’s feet, frown and furrow lines.
A botulinum toxin treatment aims to reduce the muscle movement, reducing the lines and wrinkles associated with it. Botulinum toxin is a purified protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botulinum toxin is a prescription medication and that is very safe and an effective treatment used for a number of medical and cosmetic indications. Botox is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Allergan. As they were one of the first brands that came to market, everyone has come to know the muscle relaxing injection as Botox, however in effect, this is incorrect. There are several muscle relaxing formulations on the market. The drug administered is Botulinum Toxin Type-A. For those who have had muscle relaxing injections in the past, they are likely to have had Botox, Azzalure or Bocouture used for treatment.
How long until full results are seen?
Duration of results
Minimal to none
You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones.
At Staffordshire Skin and Laser Clinic, we know that your skin is your most important asset. That’s why we give it the attention it deserves. When you come in for a consultation we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed so that we can get a good understanding of your treatment goals and expectations. We will do a full medical assessment to make sure there are no contraindications to treatment, your safety is our number one priority. We will do a full holistic assessment of your concerns, assessing factors such as genetics and lifestyle, followed by an assessment of the lines and wrinkles created by muscle expression. We will assess the skin quality and firmness and if the lines remain static whilst the muscle is not contracting and advise treatment to give the greatest natural aesthetic result. A muscle relaxing treatment may be advised in combination with other treatments for optimal results. During your consultation we will discuss the benefits, potential side effects, risks, treatment alternatives and answer any questions you may have. As we are passionate about results we will also advise on a ZO Skin Rejuvenating protocol as well and nutritional support to allow for optimal results. Following your consultation we will provide you treatment information and a quote.
How does the treatment work?
Treatment with botulinum toxin can be very effective for reducing lines and wrinkles created by muscle contraction. When Botulinum Toxin is administered into the area this blocks the chemical messenger, which is neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from stimulating the muscle to contract, this inhibits the movement, therefore reducing the lines and wrinkles that are affected by the muscle contraction, giving the skin a much smoother line free appearance. With repeated treatments and muscle weakening, the lines and wrinkles are no longer able to progressively deepen with age, therefore treatment can also be seen as a preventive step to ageing well. If the lines are already deep in the skin prior to treatment then a dermal filler may be also recommended for optimal results.
• Minimally invasive
• No recovery time required
• Natural looking results
• Minimal downtime
• Gradual improvement over 2-4 weeks
• Softens lines and wrinkles
• Prevents further lines and wrinkles forming
• Prevents current lines becoming deeper
• Improve skin quality
• Boost confidence and self esteem
Is used to treat
Botulinum toxin is used to treat lines and wrinkles that are a result of a muscle contraction. The most common treatment areas include:
• Frown lines
• Forehead lines
• Crows feet
Botulinum toxin is also used in clinic to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) and Migraines
Treatment safety and side effects
Firstly you are in safe hands by visiting a Save Face accredited centre of excellence accredited clinic. Botulinum Toxin has been used for many years within the fields of both medicine and aesthetics proving a very long safety profile. However with all treatments there is always a small element of risk. During your consultation with our Nurse Prescriber she will discuss all the risks, possible side effects and benefits to treatment and a full patient information leaflet will be provided for you to take away and read.
How many treatments will I need?
Following your initial treatment, a follow up appointment is scheduled 3 weeks after to ensure we have achieved your desired look. An additional top up treatment can be given at this appointment if more toxin is required.
When will I see results?
Starts working within 2-3 days, can take 30 days for maximum results.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Prior to any treatment at Staffordshire Skin & Laser Clinic a full medical consultation and assessment will be carried out to ensure there are no treatment contraindications as your safety is our priority. As a guide there are certain contraindications that will make you unsuitable for treatment. These include
• Pregnancy or breast feeding
• Neuro-muscular disease such as Myasthenia Gravis
• Certain antibiotics (amino glycosides such as neomycin, gentamicin, streptomycin and kanamycin)
• Current use of muscle relaxant medications
• Certain bleeding disorders or anticoagulant therapy
How does treatment feel?
Generally our patients find that treatment is very quick and quite comfortable without the need of any anaesthetic cream. Although multiple injections are administered, a very fine needle is used to aid the comfort of this treatment.
How long will results last?
Results tend to last 4 – 6 months. Movement will begin to gradually reappear from around 2 months, however it can take 4 – 6 months for movement to fully return. This will be dependent on individual response.
Repeat treatment is recommended in order to maintain the benefits. Should you choose not to maintain the results and not have further treatment, your muscles and skin will return to their pre-treatment state.
Pre treatment guidelines
One of the main concerns with injectable treatment is the risk of bruising and swelling. Here are a few pre-treatment tips to help minimise these reactions:
- 1 week prior to treatment avoid over the counter blood thinning medications aspirin and NSAI’s such as ibuprofen. Do not discontinue any prescribed blood thinning medication without consulting your GP
- For 1 week prior to treatment avoid omega supplements/fish oils, St John’s Wort, Gingko biloba, Vitamin E, ginseng and primrose oil supplements.
- 5 Days prior to treatment start taking Arnica supplements as this herbal remedy can reduce swelling and speed up recovery time.
- For 2 days prior to treatment avoid any products that may cause skin sensitivity such as Tretinoin/Retinols/ Glycolic acid or topical prescriptions
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to treatment
What to expect during treatment
Prior to treatment you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have, and once completely satisfied this is the right treatment for you a consent form will be signed. All make up will be removed and the skin cleaned. Photographs of the treatment area are taken to enable us to review the effectiveness of treatment and a topical anaesthetic cream will be applied. If there are any active skin infections, cold sores or you are generally unwell treatment will not be administered and will be rescheduled for a later date. If you feel that you need to discuss any illnesses or medications we ask you to contact the clinic prior to your appointment. It is important you tell your practitioner about any medicines or dietary supplements you are taking, some medicines can adversely affect the way the toxin works or increase your risk of bruising.
What to expect after treatment?
Immediately following treatment common side effects at the injection site can include, redness, redness, swelling, discomfort which usually settles down very quickly. If bruising does occur this can take up to a week to heal.
Post treatment advice
Post treatment care that we advise:
Exercise the treated muscled for the first few hours
Do not rub or massage the area for 48 hours
Do not exercise, bend or lie down for 4 hours post treatment
Avoid make up for 12 hours
Avoid beauty treatments such a facials for 2 weeks
Try to avoid sunbeds, saunas and steam rooms for 2 weeks
1 area £180, 2 areas £240, 3 areas £300, other additional areas £60. Monthly instalment pre payment plans available with GoCardless. A £25 booking fee is required to secure your consultation/appointment. This is redeemable against any treatments or products purchased within 6 months.