Treatment Time: 60 minutes
What are Anti Wrinkle Injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are often referred to and more commonly known as ‘Botox’ a naturally occuring protein produced by the Bacterium clostridium.
Natural ageing, repeated facial expressions and environmental factors all contribute to the inevitable formation of lines, creases and wrinkles.
Approved by the FDA and licensed in the U.K for medical and cosmetic use. It is a prescription only medicine (POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists and nurses with the prescribing qualification following a face-to-face assessment and consultation. Anti-wrinkle injections can only be administered by either a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse who are appropriately trained practitioners.
Our team at BeauDox can offer this assurance.
How Does it Work?
The Anti-wrinkle injections relax the underlying facial muscles by blocking the transmission of chemical messages sent from the nerve which temporarily reduce muscle activity. This prevents the contraction of the muscles that cause the wrinkles. Without these messages being received the muscle stays in a temporary resting state. The untreated facial muscles will still contract normally.
Used to Treat in cosmetic medicine:
Hyperhydrosis (excessive underarm sweating)
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Treatment can only be given to persons over the age of 18.
It is usually only advisable for individuals with facial lines which are visible when the facial muscles are at rest, although currently it is being advocated to start prevention early on rather than cure.
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
There are certain clients in whom treatment is not advised:
If you are pregnant or breast feeding treatment will not be permitted.
If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Roacutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months
If you are currently taking any medicines which affect bleeding, such as aspirin,warfarin
If you have a neurological disorder such as Myasthenia Gravis which causes muscle weakness
Treatment is not recommended if you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area
If you are taking St.John’s Wort, Gingo or Bilboa you should stop these 7 days prior to reduce the risk of bruising or discomfort.
The procedure and what to expect
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be openly discussed with you at your consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed.
Your facial expressions and muscle strength will be assessed and specific sites will be injected using a very small micro needle. Treatment isn’t painful although some client’s can experience mild discomfort depending on the sites of the injection. There can be slight redness and swelling at injection sites and/or bruising. This subsides quickly and there is no down time required post procedure.
Serious side effects or complications are rare, some reported side effects can include headaches however this is not permanent and corrects itself as the treatment wears off.
Post treatment advice:
No lying flat or leaning over for at least 4-6 hours
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided 24 hours before treatment and 24 hours following treatment
Extremes of heat or cold
No vigorous exercise
No sun exposure
No sun beds
No hot tubs or swimming
All the above should be avoided for 48 hours post treatment
When will results be visible?
After treatment it is expected that you will start to feel/see an improvement within 4-5 days. The full result may be judged at 2 weeks as maximum muscle weakening will be at its full effect by 14 days.
you will be invited to attend a ‘follow up appointment’ after 2 weeks for assessment and adjustment if necessary to your personal treatment plan.
The effects of the treatment can last between three to six months and during this time your wrinkles, lines and creases will continue to soften. Clinical studies indicate that after repeated treatment, over time there appears to be a longer lasting effect.