Botulinum 'Anti wrinkle' treatment
What is botulinum toxin?
Botulinum is a substance that is produced by a bacteria; it is then highly purified, diluted and used in therpeutic doses. Botulinum is administered by injecting it into a specific facial muscle where it acts as a muscle relaxant.
Who would benefit from this treatment?
Anyone can benefit from botulinum toxin, both men and women. Botulinum is most effective in improving lines or wrinkles due to facial expressions; for example, worry lines or frown lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. This is because these lines are usually caused by overactive muscles and the treatment stops these muscles from contracting and causing wrinkles.
You should not have treatment with botulinum if you are pregnant, breast feeding, have a neurological disease or a known hypersensitivity to it.
How long does the treatment take?
In most cases the treatment will take between 10 and 20 minutes. effects will begin to appear very quickly within 48 to 72 hours, although the full extent of the treatment may not be visible for up to 10 days. Approximately two weeks after the first treatment, the effects will be reviewed with your practitioner and any further treatments or top-ups can be discussed.
Is the treatment uncomfortable?
Very tiny needles are used and only small amounts are administered. As a result any discomfort is usually minimal and short-lived, that's why there is no need for local anaesthesia.
How long will the effects of the treatment last?
Initially the improvements that you receive from this treatment will last 3 to 4 months. You will notice a gradual fading of effect and at this stage you can return for another treatment if you want to. With repeat treatments, the effects last longer.