Lines & Wrinkles
Lines and wrinkles are part of us, representing our life and a natural part of growing older. We can help smooth out these fine lines and wrinkles through the use of a variety of wrinkle reducing treatments:
- Laser skin rejuvenation
- Skin boosters
- Skin peels
- Plasma Fibroblast therapy
- Anti-wrinkle injections
As part of your consultation at DermaBeauty, we will guide you as to the best treatments for you.
Anti-wrinkle injections, commonly referred to as Botox®, are used to smooth lines and wrinkles and are often used to treat frown lines, worry lines, crows feet and lip lines. They are also used for lower face treatments to improve the jawline and the appearance of neck which is known as ‘Nefertiti lift’.
Following treatment, you will see a smoothing of the mild to moderate lines on the skin. Some of the deeper lines may still be visible, but they will look softer. As the skin is not being traumatised by daily movement, it can then slowly repair resulting in a smoother appearance.
Botox® is a brand name for the naturally occurring protein derived from the plant bacterium called Botulinum Toxin Type A. Other brand names include Azzalure®, Bocouture®, Xeomin® and Dysport®.
Botox® is a muscle relaxing treatment. Small amounts of Botox® are injected into the muscle using a very fine needle. The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages sent from the nerve to cause the muscle to contract. Without these messages, the muscle stays in a resting state until the ‘messengers’ recover and can last 8-12 weeks on average.
The effects of Botox® treatment are not seen immediately. You should start to notice a difference about 3-7 days after your appointment and the treatment will be at its maximum at day 14. You will be given a two week follow up appointment in order to evaluate the results of your treatment. If necessary any adjustment to your Botox® will be performed at no extra cost.
Botox® lasts on average 3-4 months and movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks. Certain factors like excessive heat, exercise, rubbing of the treated area can affect how long botox lasts.
About 3% of patients develop resistance to the drug and consequently the duration of the effect is highly reduced.
A few patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure. I use the smallest needle on the market to minimise discomfort. Likewise the needle is changed frequently during the treatment for your comfort and to minimise bruising.
As with any drug Botox® can cause side effects. The most common side effects are: headaches, drooping eyelids, skin redness, localised muscle weakness and face pain.
Uncommon side effects include: infection, anxiety, numbness, dizziness, inflammation of the eyelid(s), eye pain and swelling, visual disturbance, nausea, dry mouth, skin tightness, sensitivity to light, itching, dry skin, muscle twitching, flu symptoms, lack of strength, and fever.
Limiting side effects can be achieved by: taking a full medical history, selecting appropriate muscle sites, the injector’s anatomical knowledge and experience, plus infection prevention measures.
Certain groups of people should avoid having Botox, these include:
- Pregnant or breast feeding patients
- Patients with certain conditions affecting the connections between nerves and muscles (such as Myasthenia Gravis and Eaton-Lambert Syndrome)
- People with a previous allergic reaction to botulinum toxin, or with allergies to egg or human albumin
- People taking aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as gentamicin)
- Anyone with a skin infection in the area to be treated
- Caution should be exercised in any patients taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin, Clopidogrel or Heparin due to the increased risk of bruising
All patients must have a consultation prior to treatment. I will fully review all your concerns and advise on the most appropriate treatment. Botox® is a prescription only medication and the administration of Botox® is a medical procedure which should only be carried out by a medical professional. All of our patients require a consultation with Pauline our nurse prescriber prior to the treatment taking place.
Anti-wrinkle Botox® injections are very commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles created by muscle contraction in 3 common areas of the face:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Laughter lines around the eyes or ‘crows feet’
Advanced botox treatments for other areas like:
- Bunny Lines
- Lip Lines
- Turkey Neck (Neck Bands)
- Jawline (Nefertiti Lift)
- Slimming of Jaw Muscles (Masseters)
Advanced treatments are available at DermaBeauty by our nurse prescriber Pauline.