Introduction to Anti-wrinkle injections
Wrinkle reduction using Botulinum Toxin commonly known as Botox ® is designed to soften or eliminate lines and wrinkles (related to muscle movement) to leave you with a more youthful appearance. That doesn’t mean that the result needs to be a 'frozen look'. Unlike many practitioners, the surgeons at Sthetix work with your individual case to devise a tailored treatment plan best suited to your needs. Being able to express yourself naturally, with eyebrow and forehead movement, is achievable and in most cases the desirable outcome.
Who is suitable for Botulinum Toxin injections?
Many of our patients come to us as they are unhappy about the appearance of lines or wrinkles that have appeared due to ageing or excessive muscle movement. Some patients also come to us for treatment of hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) as Botulinum Toxin, Botox ® can also be used to alleviate symptoms.
However not all lines and wrinkles on the face can be treated using Botulinum Toxin commonly known as Botox ® and in the case of static or deep lines (usually present when muscles are relaxed), hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are usually the treatment of choice.
The Procedure and Risks
Botulinum Toxin known commonly as Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve transmission to the muscles under the skin. These muscles cause lines and wrinkles to form in the skin above and when their movement is reduced, so is the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
It is generally very effective and safe and has been used in cosmetic and medical therapy for over 30 years. Risks are rare and can include bruising at the site of injection (this is the most common). Rare effects include eyelid drooping, asymmetry, headaches, double vision and very rarely they can cause flu-like symptoms.
The treatment usually lasts about 3 to 4 months and patients who have regular treatments every 3 months report that over time, the effect is long lasting.
For other treatments with Botulinum Toxin the risks are the same or lower.
Treatment Of Hyperhydrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can often be a source of much embarrassment for sufferers and for those looking to reduce this for a special occasion or event, Botulinum Toxin commonly known as Botox ® is often the ideal solution. Botox ® can be used to effectively treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) in the under arm area to temporarily eliminate sweat patches on clothes.
Botox ® is injected directly into the skin to reduce or stop excessive sweating temporarily (for up to 6 months). This treatment is most effective in those individuals who have tried common methods of controlling sweating without success (e.g. antiperspirants).
Will my face look frozen?
You will have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss the look you would like to achieve. Most of our patients wish to retain movement and full facial expressions whereas some others prefer a virtually motionless result.
How painful are the injections?
Most patients describe feeling only a small discomfort at the site of injection. We inject using only the finest needles and the most up to date techniques to minimise discomfort.
When will it start to work?
Botox ® takes about 3 to 5 days to start to work and you will see the maximum effect 7 days after the treatment.
How long does it last?
It typically lasts about 3 to 4 months. Patients who have regular treatments every 3 months report that over time, the effect lasts longer. The length that the treatment lasts is not related to the amount of toxin used, but related to the strength of the individual muscle.
What is it used for?
It is used to improve the appearance of forehead furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet (laughter lines), lip (smoker) lines and dimpled chins. There are multiple other uses for Botulinum Toxin in medicine. For more information, please contact us.