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Anti-wrinkle injections have revolutionised our approach to facial ageing, treating wrinkles and also excessive underarm sweating. They are relatively painless injections that can last 3-6 months and are increasingly popular.
Botulinum toxins (e.g. Botox®) are special proteins produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. They are agents that affect the nerves at the point where they enter muscles, and therefore prevent the muscles from working. These toxins highly effective when used in minute concentrated doses to relax muscles and soften wrinkles. The effects are not permanent, and last 3-6 months.
Other brand names of botulinum toxin are available such as Azzalure may also be available. At Purity Bridge we have chosen to use Botox® as our principle anti-wrinkle injectable.
Botox is administered by an injection directly into the appropriate muscles, usually on the face. It is given with a tiny needle very precisely into various locations in the face. Most commonly it is given to the frown area in the middle of the forehead, and also to the crows feet area. The untreated areas continue to work normally.
Rather than being painful most people describe toxin treatment as being a little uncomfortable. Some factors may make it feel more painful such as stress or hormonal fluctuations.
We perform the procedure in our specialised treatment room at the clinic in Tunbridge Wells.
Botulinum toxin works best in people with fine lines and few wrinkles, and can reduce the amount of wrinkling of the skin. If wrinkles are deep and well-established, Botulinum toxin will not work effectively.
Regular Botox treatment over a period of 12-18 months will help to iron out these creases, but for a more immediate result other treatment options such as dermal fillers may be a better option.
In addition Botulinum toxin will not erase the wrinkles caused by sun-damage. Other treatments to improve the quality of the skin such as chemical peels will provide more benefit.
Regarding prevention, it makes sense that Botox can prevent wrinkle formation if it is started before fixed wrinkles establish. However there is a careful balance when deciding to treat younger patients – premature treatment can make someone look older rather than the more youthful look desired. Whether or not treatment is appropriate is always decided on an individual patient basis.
Botulinum toxin may also be used to treat conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, often in the armpits or palms and soles).
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes about 10-15 minutes, depending upon the number of injections needed.
The effects will take 4-10 days to show, and we invite all patients back for a review appointment at 14-days post-treatment
Botulinum toxin therapy has good success rates, which has made it a consistently popular treatment worldwide.
You may return to normal activities immediately after the injections, as no anaesthetic has been used. Following the injections you should keep your head up and not stoop over or strain.
Do not manipulate or massage the treated area, as this may spread the Botox to neighbouring areas and cause unwanted effects.
Light make-up may be applied 1-hour after the procedure.
It can be helpful to excercise the non-treated facial muscles by frowning and smiling frequently
Some people experience a mild headache after the procedure, so it is advisable to take some paracetamol prior to having the injections.
Prices starts from £195.00