Anti- wrinkle Treatments

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. 

 

Consultation 

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. 

 

Aftercare 

 

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.

Lip Fillers

Everything you need to know about lip fillers; the good, the bad and what to expect.

Lips fillers are undoubtedly one of the most popular aesthetic treatments ever. We’re all familiar with the term ‘trout pout’ which is a popular term for big, exaggerated lips, stemming from the nineties. The trend doesn’t seem to be falling out of favour – big lips are as popular as ever, with puckering pouts seen on social media, TV and our favourite celebs. But lip fillers aren’t just for those who desire the overfilled luscious lip look. Fillers can also be used for subtle lip enhancements, to add or restore volume and shape, with a natural looking result.

 

As with all aesthetic treatments, it is absolutely crucial that you do your research when looking for a lip filler procedure; not all fillers are made equal and there are even counterfeit fillers available to buy on the Internet. At Highcroft Aesthetics, Katie regularly carries out corrective lip procedures for clients who have had treatments elsewhere which have been carried out incorrectly; with substandard contents or by unqualified practitioners. Katie says; “I have seen clients who have been left with hard lumps or hard nodules as a result of malpractice. This affects  appearance and speech, not to mention the confidence of a patient. It’s so incredibly important to seek a reputable, fully qualified and insured aesthetic practitioner to competently carry out a lip filler procedure.”

 

A popular question which always arises when clients enquire about lip fillers, is how much they should have. Of course, everyone is different and the desired results change from patient to patient, but the normal amount for a first treatment is 1ml. Further treatments may be required to create the desired look, but it is important that lips are not over filled or stretched too much. With lip fillers less is usually more, especially when it comes to ensuring a natural result. 

 

Another question often asked is ‘will it hurt?’ Topical an aesthetic will be applied to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout. There can be a little bleeding during the procedure, which is completely normal; lips are a very sensitive area. Your practitioner should ensure all bleeding has stopped before you leave the clinic. Swelling to the lips and bruising can occur post treatment, which again is completely normal.

 

In order to keep bruising or swelling to a minimum, we do offer advice on numerous things to avoid before and after treatment, and offer guidance for an optimum recovery. Lips can take up to 7 days to fully settle.

 

*Some top tips:

 

One week before your appointment: Avoid blood thinning over the counter medicine such as Aspirin and ibuprofen. Avoid supplements including St. Johns wort, gingko biloba, primrose oil, ginseng and vitamin E. 

 

Two days prior to your appointment: Avoid waxing, bleaching or tweezing any area that is due to be treated.

 

Following treatment: Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body heal. You can apply an ice pack and arnica topically to the lips after your treatment to help with the swelling and bruising.

 

Thorough advice on what to do pre-treatment will be given once your appointment has been booked, along with full and comprehensive aftercare guidance at your pre-treatment consultation and also following treatment. Your pre-treatment consultation is the perfect opportunity to have an open and honest conversation with your practitioner, ask any questions and raise any concerns you may have. 

 

At Highcroft Aesthetics, upon arrival to the clinic you will be welcomed by Katie and a full consultation will be carried out; outlining the full procedure, discussing any concerns and your desired result. Katie is always totally honest with what’s achievable and the amount of filler required. After completing a medical history form, and as long as there are no contraindications, the treatment will commence, if you’re happy to go ahead, and the lips you dream of will be well underway. 

BESPOKE AFTERCARE SERVICE

Your experience with Highcroft Aesthetics doesn’t end after your appointment, we offer a bespoke aftercare service and will be here for any of your needs post treatment.