What are anti-wrinkle injections/ ‘Botox’?
Anti-wrinkle injections (commonly known as ‘Botox”) is currently the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment around. The treatment is used to soften existing lines and prevent the deepening and development of expression lines. At FaceKind we believe in creating natural results that will keep others guessing why you’re looking so refreshed!
Botox®, Bocouture ® and Azzalure® are the most popular and reputable brands of Anti-wrinkle injections around. They essentially contain the same active ingredient known as Botulinum toxin type A. This is a purified protein that is extracted from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. ‘Botox’ has been used for many years in medicine to treat conditions such as overactive bladder, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Over the years this prescription only medication has become increasingly popular for its anti-ageing benefits.
How does ‘Botox’ work?
‘Botox’ is a neurotoxin that works by blocking nerve signals to temporarily relax muscles and thereby reducing muscle contraction. As a result, the skin that drapes over these muscles appear smoother and the overall result is a more youthful appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections generally take 2-5 days to kick in and the full effect can be judged at the 2-week mark. ‘Botox’ is temporary, with results wearing off over time, typically at around the 3–4-month mark. Longevity of treatment is dependent on several individual factors including metabolism. With regular treatments, muscle movement won’t return to baseline and results will eventually last longer.
How is ‘Botox’ administered?
The treatment is administered using a very fine needle and is virtually painless. The process itself takes only minutes to complete and there is no downtime involved so patients can return to work immediately. Our Aesthetics practitioner will ensure that all aftercare advice is discussed on the day of treatment and the procedure will be carried out in a calming and comfortable environment. Ample time is booked out for your treatment so that the process isn’t rushed and there is an opportunity to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.
What areas can you treat with ‘Botox’?
- Forehead lines (the lines on the forehead)
- Frown lines (the lines between eyebrows)
- Crow’s feet lines (the lines around the eyes)
- Bunny lines (the lines on the side of the nose when smiling)
- Dimpled chin (the pebbly appearance on the chin)
- Smokers’ lines (the barcode lines on the white of the upper lip)
- Gummy smile (excessive gum show on smiling)
- Downturned corners of the mouth (droopy corners of the mouth)
- Brow lift (hooded eyes/eyebrows)
- Enlarged jaw muscles (due to excessive clenching/grinding known as Bruxism)
- Neck (Commonly known as the ‘Nefertiti neck lift’ to tighten skin around the neck)
Are there any side effects?
Anti-wrinkles injections are a relatively safe procedure with minimal side effects. You may experience minor redness, a little swelling (which subsides within the first hour of treatment), or possibly a small bruise associated with the needle entry point (which can be covered up with make-up the following day). Overall ‘Botox’ has a good side effect profile with serious side effects being very rare.
Anti-wrinkle treatment summary
in 5-14 days
Longevity of results:
none to minimal discomfort