Wrinkle softening treatments are used specifically to smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. Facial wrinkles are caused by a number of factors including repetitive expressions and muscle activity.
Over time, the skin develops obvious lines that are perceived as signs of ageing and to some people are undesirable. Botox® is the brand name of a product used to treat facial wrinkles. Several other products have since been developed for the same purpose and are now widely used including Azzalure® and Xeomin®.
Botulinum Toxin (Type A) is a natural protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. The protein acts on muscles to temporarily relax them. Patients and doctors have come to refer to the treatments simply as ‘Botox®’ since the procedures are performed in exactly the same way no matter what product is used.
The aim of this treatment is to create a more fresher and youthful appearance in the most gentle and natural way as possible.
Provided that the injections are administered by a practitioner with medical training, there are no serious risks. Any side-effects are minor and temporary, as discussed below.
Although research to date has not shown any risk to the developing foetus caused by exposure to Botulinum Toxin , in the interests of good medical practice I advise that injections are best avoided in pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Botox® has been used successfully for more than thirty years. It was initially used to correct eye muscle disorders and conditions such as cerebral palsy in which muscle rigidity is a feature.
When applied as a rejuvenation technique, small quantities of Botulinum Toxin are injected underneath the skin into targeted facial muscles causing them to relax and smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. These muscles are no longer able to move thus preventing the formation of frown lines, horizontal lines of the forehead and crow’s feet and existing lines are less pronounced due to the relaxation of the underlying muscles.
Treatment involves tiny injections with a fine sterile needle. The patient may experience very mild discomfort lasting for only a few seconds as each area is treated. No anaesthetic is required for this procedure.
A typical treatment of the whole forehead and crow’s feet area takes less than fifteen minutes.
The vast majority of patients experience no side-effects. Occasionally, a small bruise at the site of injection may occur which will disappear after a few days and mild headaches lasting a few hours have been reported in a very few instances. In rare cases a reversible condition known as ptosis (drooping of the eyelid) may occur; however with appropriate regard to dosages and location of the injection into the muscle this condition should be avoided; as well as following the aftercare instructions given by Dr Camilla following the procedure.
You will begin to see noticeable effects within a week of injection. 2-3 weeks after the procedure the full effects should be visible. I aim to see all new patients 2 weeks after injections to ensure the desired effect has been acheived. The treatment has shown to last up to 4 months in the first instance when the procedure will need to be repeated to maintain a consistent appearance. At least 3 months must pass between treatments. If anti wrinkle injections are given regularly, after one year you may find subsequent injection intervals are increased and your wrinkles appear lighter. However every patient is unique and their desired look is taken into account so a specific treatment plan will be designed according to their needs.
The Botulinum Toxin can be used where muscular activity causes an undesirable pull on the skin on the face or neck. Good examples of these are the ‘bunny’ lines on the nose, vertical lip lines around the mouth “smokers lines”, dimpling of the chin caused by activity of the mentalis muscle and the platysmal bands in the neck.
Botox® is extremely effective in treating local hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Treatment of the underarm area will reduce sweating by more than 85% and lasts between 4 and 12 months.