What, Where and How long?
Anti-wrinkle injections, more commonly known and referred to as ‘botox’ (botulinum toxin) is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments of all time. Relied upon by countless celebrities and women and men of all ages, botox is one of the ultimate go to treatments to assist in the preservation of youthful, smooth looking skin, by treating or even helping prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Did you know, it can also be used to combat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, as well as migraine headaches, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking)? So what exactly is botox and what does the treatment entail? We’re here to provide the answers to your questions, to make sure you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision, if you’re considering botox, and to shed a little more light on the treatment if this is something you already have. Knowledge is always key, especially when it comes to the ethicality and safety of any aesthetic treatments you are undergoing, whether it is botox, lip fillers or any other cosmetic enhancements you’re considering. So please make sure you always do your research into the treatment and practitioner.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin is a muscle relaxing medication. Here comes the science…When injected, botox attaches to a chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical is released from the nerve ending and sends a signal to the brain for a muscle to move. Botox stops this passage, preventing the chemical to pass through to the muscle fibres. This in turn means the muscle movement reduces or stops. The amount of botox used in the treatment depends on the results you would like.
Here at Highcroft Aesthetics, a full and thorough consultation is always carried out before any treatment, to ensure your requirements are fully understood, the treatment procedure is fully explained, expectations are managed and the desired results can be achieved. The minimum age for any anti-wrinkle treatment is 18.
The Areas we Treat
The most popular treatment areas for anti-wrinkle injections are the frown lines, forehead and crow’s feet, and we do have many clients who turn to us to perform treatments underarm to address excessive sweating.
Other common areas we carry out this treatments include; Nasalis or bunny lines (the little wrinkles at the side of the nose), Marionette lines (the long vertical lines from the corner of the mouth to the chin – otherwise known as sad mouth lines), downturned mouth,
Mentalis or chin lines, upper lip or smokers lines, masseter muscle or facial slimming, eyebrow lift and lip flip (achieving a fuller lip without dermal fillers).
Wrinkles and fine lines can appear at different stages of the life cycle, depending on a number of factors including lifestyle choices, genetics and general skincare routines, so there is no particular age at which someone should start to consider botox. Many clients in their 20’s and 30’s have the treatment for preventative measures, whereas maturer clients may choose botox to address current concerns.
How long do the results last?
It goes without saying, everyone is different. Results vary from patient to patient. On average you can expect the results to last between 3 and 4 months, and around 2 months if it is your first treatment. Generally, results will not last as long for your first procedure, in comparison to clients who have regular treatments, which continue to work on the muscle fibres. Although a top up treatment around 14 days after a first treatment can help to prolong the results.
You now know what Botox is, which areas of the body it can be used on, and how long the results last. But what about the actual treatment and aftercare? Find out more in part 2 of our Anti-Wrinkle treatment blog, and also how to safeguard yourself as much as possible to avoid any complications before and after treatment.
Consultation, Process and Aftercare
It’s important to know and understand exactly what happens as part of the process for an anti-wrinkle treatment and what the aftercare guidance is. A good, qualified, respectable practitioner will talk through this as part of your consultation, to prepare you for your treatment and provide the best guidance post treatment. We cannot stress enough how important it is to fully research the practitioner and clinic you’re planning on having your treatment with. Unfortunately the aesthetic industry is not regulated, which means uncertified and uninsured people can inject products purchased over the internet, which can lead to catastrophic results.
We advise that you allow enough time to get to your appointment to avoid being late. This way, you can ensure that you have enough time for your consultation and make sure you have asked as many questions or gained as much information, so you are comfortable and well informed about your treatment. Write down any questions you may have in the lead up to your appointment, so you don’t forget and or feel rushed.
You will be required to complete a media history form which accompanies a prescriber consultation form which will have been completed prior to the appointment.
The Treatment Process
As long as there are no contraindications and you are happy to go ahead, the treatment will commence. Before and after pictures will be taken and kept on file along with the details of your consultation and the treatment itself. Small amounts of the botulinum toxin will then be injected into the required areas. Bruising and small amounts of bleeding from the injection site can occur and it is normal to experience a mild headache following the treatment, for which you can take paracetamol.
Generally, the treatment is not considered painful, and even without a numbing agent, many liken the sensation to a little pinch. Results can sometimes be seen instantly, but are more likely to fully show up to 14 days following treatment.
It is advised to keep your head upright following treatment and not to lie down for at least four hours. We also encourage movement of the treated muscles for the 4 hours following your treatment, as this will help work the injection into your muscles. Strenuous exercise and excessive heat such as saunas, hot baths and tanning should be avoided for 24 hours post treatment and the area should not be rubbed. Any further questions or concerns you have should be addressed. At Highcroft Aesthetics, we stress the importance of you keeping in touch post treatment, feeling confident and comfortable to ask any questions or address any concerns you have, no matter how insignificant you feel they may be. Katie is passionate about providing ongoing aftercare and advice, and being there for clients post treatment.
Please make sure whoever you choose has the required qualifications and is fully insured. Botulinum toxin is a prescription only treatment so will require a consultation with a prescriber and a prescription to allow you to have this treatment. Failure to do this could result in serious conditions such as droopy eyes or loss of control of mouth and facial muscles, which both occur as a result of the botox being injected into the wrong muscle. Unfortunately if this occurs you will have to wait for 2-6 months for the effects of the treatment to wear off, as there are no immediate corrective treatments.
Book your free online consultation with Katie today to get more information on anti-wrinkle injections.