This anti-wrinkle treatment has become increasingly popular and is now one of the most common non surgical cosmetic procedures done in the UK. Mild to moderate wrinkles of the face can be relaxed using this non-surgical treatment. Some even use it to prevent wrinkle formation. It is proven to be safe and is licensed for frown lines. Other treated areas include crow feet (smile lines), forehead, lines around the mouth and bunny lines.
How does Wrinkle Relaxation work?
Botulinum toxin commercially known as BOTOX® is derived from a bacteria (Clostridium botulinum). It was first used by ophthalmologists more than 40 years ago. Once injected into muscle causes local weakening by temporary blocking of nerve ending transmission to muscle fibres.
Am I suitable for Wrinkle Relation?
It is usually used to treat mild to moderate wrinkles in people aged 18-65 with no muscular or nerve disorders. Breast feeding or pregnancy is contraindicated.
How is the treatment done?
The area to be treated is examined and then a tiny dose is injected to the muscles causing wrinkles using a very fine needle. The procedure is done without local anaesthesia as discomfort is minimal and lasts about 10 minutes. However, anaesthetic cream is available for those who prefer this.
What should I expect after treatment?
There is no downtime and you should start to see improvement in the treated wrinkles by day 4-7. Results depend on the severity of the treated wrinkle and usually last for 4-6 months after which the effects of treatment start to wear off and the wrinkles start to reappear again, when retreatment may be needed.
Is it safe? What are the side effects?
Botulinum Toxin injections have been used safely and effectively for many years to treat many disorders. It is not known to be harmful because of the very small quantities used for cosmetic treatments. The most common side effects are temporary and localized bruising, occasional slight swelling at the injection site. Very rarely in non experienced hands one can cause excessive muscle weakness like dropping of the eyelid that is nevertheless temporary and easily avoided. It is usually used to treat mild to moderate wrinkles in people aged 18-65 with no muscular or nerve disorders. Breast feeding or pregnancy is contraindicated.