Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers
With age, our skin loses its elasticity and our faces develop visible lines and wrinkles. We even have specific names for certain lines like crow’s feet, frown and bunny lines.
If you find yourself wanting to reduce or even eliminate these lines, you could consider using anti wrinkle treatments like Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) and dermal fillers. These highly refined materials are made specifically to treat lines safely.
Botulinum Toxin has the ability to relax muscles that create the wrinkles (the muscles fold the skin when they work). It can prevent existing lines and furrows from deepening and getting so deep that Botulinum Toxin alone is not enough any more.
Caught early enough, Botulinum Toxin can prevent what we call ‘lines at rest’, which are lines you have even when your face and muscles are relaxed. Lines at rest will often require not just Botulinum Toxin but also the use of dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers replace the lost volume that the skin will inevitably lose when we get older. That lost fullness in the skin is the natural hyaluronic acid that we lose from the skin and from all of our cells. Hyaluronic acid can hold a lot of water and fills the spaces in the skin and body tissues. So when it is lost, the skin looks dehydrated, sagging and wrinkly.
By using hyaluronic acid we can plump up areas in the body where volume has been lost, thereby filling in wrinkles that Botulinum Toxin alone cannot treat. It also helps the production of collagen, which is like a framework in our skin to give it elasticity.
How long does Botulinum Toxin treatment take?
Around 15 – 20 minutes. Often a single visit is enough to create a great result. The first results start showing after about 4 days, though it takes up to 2 weeks for the effects to come through fully. After that time, your practitioner will review your progress with you.
Does Botulinum Toxin look artificial?
The effect looks very natural because we target only specific facial muscles. The untreated muscles are unaffected and you will still have facial expressions to make it look natural.
Will Botulinum Toxin make my face numb?
No, there is no change in your skin sensation.
Will I be able to move my face after I’ve had Botulinum Toxin?
Certainly! Just not as much (or you would get the wrinkles again). Extreme movement of the muscles that caused the wrinkles will have been prevented but other normal facial muscles will not be affected.
How long does Botulinum Toxin last?
The effect generally lasts for 3 months, after which re-treatment is required. If you maintain your re-treatments, the interval between treatments gets longer and for some people that can be up to 6 months.
Does Botulinum Toxin hurt?
You do not even need to be numbed for the treatment because the amounts used are so small. You may have a very small amount of discomfort for a few seconds, but that is all. Speak to our team members and they can tell you about their own experiences.
Are there any side effects?
There is a small risk of localised bruising, slight swelling and redness at the site of injection. Such side effects disappear very quickly and respond well to cool packs. Even rarer are side effects such as drooping eyelids, which will resolve themselves untreated.
Botulinum Toxin has an excellent safety record and as soon as your treatment is over you can resume normal daily activities, though we would recommend not to exercise for the remaining time of that day and not to rub the area concerned to avoid tracking. We also recommend not to drink alcohol until the next day because this could reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.
What if I really don’t like the results?
That would be very unusual, but if it was so, then remember that the effects are completely reversible and temporary. With a bit of patience you can have all your old wrinkles back.
Who can have Botulinum Toxin?
It works equally well on women and men. Botulinum Toxin is not recommended if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have a neurological disorder or a known hypersensitivity to Botulinum Toxin. We also don’t recommend it when you are taking Aspirin and other NSAIDS (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs), vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba or St. John’s Wort.
Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers are often used in conjunction to supplement each other, giving an enhanced effect in reducing wrinkles and producing a more youthful appearance.
You should consider being treated with Dermal Fillers when:
- You have lost volume of the skin or lips
- You have lines at rest
- You want to give your lips more definition
As we get older, our skin not only develops lines and wrinkles, it also loses volume. Our dermal fillers work by using hyaluronic acid – found naturally in our skin, eyes and joints – to restore fullness to the face and lips. Our Juvederm non-permanent dermal filler is injected just under the skin to smooth lines and wrinkles. Treatment takes one hour, and produces immediate and natural-looking results. Juvederm is gradually broken down and reabsorbed by your body over time, so top-up treatments will be required once or twice a year to maintain optimum results.
Should you consider Botulinum Toxin instead?
Consider Botulinum Toxin when:
- You don’t have lines at rest, only have lines when you move your facials muscles like smiling, frowning, squinting. Then we can look at which lines you want to reduce
- You want to avoid the onset of ‘lines at rest’ due to your skin being folded from years of squinting, frowning etc
- You want to reduce sweating from let’s say your forehead or armpits
- You want to reduce the oiliness from your forehead
To find out what we can do for you, speak to our specially trained, highly skilled doctors today by calling 01580 848 171.
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