Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Many facial lines are caused by the repeated use of the underlying facial muscles which over-time, results in a permanent crease or wrinkle. Botulinum (Botox) offers an alternative to surgery for many people with relatively mild wrinkles. Botulinum toxin reduces these lines by temporarily reducing the action of the underlying muscle. The treatment results in a smoother, more rested appearance of the face. Botox also has a preventative effect when used repeatedly, to reduce the onset of wrinkles forming in the long term. To achieve the best results, Botox is injected to a level which does not cause complete freezing of the muscles but weakens them so that some movement is still possible.
Botox is most commonly used in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet (or laughter lines) radiating away from the eyes. It can also be used for some types of lines around the mouth.
Several tiny injections are usually required. The smallest needles are used and the medicine itself does not tend to sting as much as injections of local anaesthetic. It is advised not to use aspirin, as this can increase the risk of bruising.
Successful therapy is signalled by muscle weakness that begins 3 and 5 days after injection with the main effect visible at about 7 days. The effect after the initial injection lasts between 3 and 5 months for most patients.
Repeat treatment is suggested every 4-5 months to keep the muscles sufficiently relaxed, to allow the furrows to smooth out. In practice, this means having treatment three times in the first year. After using Botox for one year, the intervals between injections may be a little longer so that you need it only twice a year.
At 152 Harley Street, you can opt to have your wrinkle relaxing injections with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons or Dermatologists or our Lead Aesthetic Nurse specialist.
“At 152 Harley Street, you can opt to have your wrinkle relaxing injections with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons or Dermatologists or our Lead Aesthetic Nurse specialist”
As with any sort of injection, there can be some bruising and minor swelling, although this is not severe and usually settles within a few days.