Wrinkle Reduction Therapy
Wrinkle Reduction Therapy was introduced about 20 years ago to reduce frown lines between the eyes, but today the cosmetic application has multiple advantages. Although the most common areas treated are the forehead, between the eyes, corners of the eyes and occasionally the corners of the mouth, wrinkle reduction therapy can also reduce pain and enhance a patient's smile.
Botox®The following information is for anyone wishing to learn more about Botox, particularly those who are considering whether to have an injection with Botox. Some uses of botulinum toxin are unlicensed in the UK, but all uses described below are accepted medical practice in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.
These injections should only be given by a Medical Practitioner who has received appropriate training.
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Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin type A and has been in use since about 1990, around 20 million people have been treated worldwide. It is injected into muscle to reduce unwanted muscular contraction. The medication partially weakens the nerve to the muscle for four to six months. Botox® has thus proven very useful in people who suffer from abnormal contractions of muscle. The cosmetic use (anti-wrinkle) of the injections came about when it was noted that lines and facial wrinkles were dramatically reduced when used for some facial spasms.
This has increased dramatically in recent times and is now by far the most common use. If you are uncertain about any aspects we will be pleased to arrange a short assessment without charge.
How is it given?
Very small amounts of Botox are injected into the required areas using a tiny micro-needle. This acts by blocking the impulse of the nerves to the muscles which relate to the lines and wrinkles. The muscles are then relaxed preventing contraction. Following treatment with Botox® the skin over the muscles remains smooth and even, while all untreated areas remain unaffected.
Do the injections hurt?
Because the needles are so fine and the quantity of Botox so small the pain is minimal. No local anesthesia or sedation is required, although there may be some itchiness over the treated area immediately afterwards.
Is Botox dangerous?
No! It has been used safely and effectively for almost 20 years in the treatment of many medical conditions including neurological disorders.
How long will it last?
This varies from person to person, but can last up to 6 months. You will notice a gradual fading of its effects at which point it is time for a new treatment. Early clinical studies indicate that over time less frequent use of injections are required, but that also the benefits of Botox may be less effective for those over 65.
Are there any side-effects?
Botox is not harmful. There may be some temporary localised bruising following injections, or slight swelling at the injection site, but this disappears quickly in 1 or 2 days.
It may take 2 to 3 days to see an improvement and up to a week to see the full results which are amazing. The treated area will appear smooth and unlined and look much younger.
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