Anti-wrinkle or Wrinkle relaxing injections: Botox, Dysport, Azzulure etc.
This safe and simple treatment is the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatment in the world. It is highly effective in softening and erasing the facial wrinkles and lines without surgery and with no downtime to recovery. It also enhances skin texture and quality over the treatment area.
At ‘Excellence Medical’, the treatments are carried out by Dr. Roy and we do not have nurse practitioners administering this treatment under supervision.
How do facial wrinkles develop?
Facial wrinkles develop due to constant over activity of facial muscles with associated repeated skin creasing over time. This is coupled with the slowdown of collagen and elastin production by skin with the ageing process.
How does the Anti-wrinkle treatment work?
The treatment relaxes overactive facial muscles, hence softening the skin crease lines that result from these hyperactive muscles. The procedure uses very small quantities of purified protein toxin from clostridium botulinum bacteria to inhibit the release of neurotransmitter acetyl-choline at the neuromuscular junctions to put specifically targeted small fascial muscles into temporary relaxation, or in other words a temporary state of sleep.
15 – 30min
Up to 6 months
Anti-wrinkle Treatments and Wrinkle Relaxing Injections FAQ’s
Is the treatment safe and how long has it been used in medicine?
This medicine is a prescription only drug and is administered by highly experienced doctors/surgeons who specialise in this area. This medicine is FDA (USA)and CE (Europe) approved. This treatment has been used all over the world for the last 30 years and has proved to be a very safe treatment with no serious long term side effects. The medicine is used in extremely small amounts to achieve its purpose in cosmetic medicine.
Botox ® has many different applications across different specialities in medicine.
What is the historical background of this procedure?
This medicine has been used for over 3 decades and was initially used by ophthalmologists and neurologists in late 1970’s to correct eye squints by relaxing the overactive eye muscles and also treat nervous twitching. It is a very well established and well researched medicine and besides it’s aesthetic medical use, it is used for various other indications in medicine including blepharospasm, Multiple Sclerosis, facial spastic conditions, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, migraines and persistent headaches and the list goes on.
If you start having Botox®, would the lines and wrinkles get worse if you stopped?
It is a commonly asked question usually at the first consultation and treatment. The answer is no. If, for some reason, you decided not to repeat the treatment, the facial muscles after a few months would go back to their previous state and the associated lines and wrinkles would gradually return and would be the same or better as compared to before the treatment.
Should I be concerned and nervous that it is a ‘toxin’?
It is a ‘toxin’ but is a very well researched and approved medicine and is used in extremely small therapeutic doses with no serious long term side effects.
How long does a Botox® treatment take to be performed?
We go through a full consultation with you and evaluate your wrinkle lines and your expectations along with your medical history and physical examination, which usually takes 10-15 minutes. The actual treatment itself takes 5-10 minutes.
Is it painful to have the treatment?
This treatment is expertly carried out with very fine needles of an insulin syringe which makes it gentle and relatively pain free for most people. Patients usually describe the treatment as ‘it was fine’, ‘not too bad’, ‘a bit stingy’, ‘it was tolerable’, ‘it was bearable’.
If there is still a concern, as patients can be nervous, topical local anaesthetic cream can be applied prior to performing the treatment.
Can I go back to work after the treatment?
Absolutely. It is a non-surgical treatment that takes a few minutes. You can have a bit of redness and swelling which disappears away soon. There is no downtime to recover and no disruption to your lifestyle.
How long does it take to see the effects?
The initial effects are usually visible in 24-72 hours, gradually reaching it’s full in 2-3 weeks. A few days after your Botox® injection treatment, your appearance will be visibly fresher, very natural and younger looking and these benefits may last up to six months. You will also feel better, confident and positive about yourself.
How long do the effects of the treatment last?
The effects range to last between 2 to 6 months, but majority of patients will get 3-4 months from the treatment. Repeat treatment then becomes due if you wish to maintain the effects. It is generally advised that starting off, a patient may have the treatment every 3 months for the first year and then may be twice a year, as desirable thereafter.
What is the average age for having the treatment?
The average age although not strict and depending on the particular indication, is 25 to 65 years.
When Should the treatment be repeated?
The treatment should be repeated when you feel that the effect of the treatment has nearly worn off in that the lines and wrinkles have reappeared nearly as before the treatment. This is usually at 3-6 months after the treatment.
What are the unwanted side effects of the treatment?
Side effects or risks from the treatment are uncommon. However, occasionally there can be bruising at the injection site which spontaneously fades away in a few days without any treatment and can be covered with a concealer. Also, very occasionally a temporary drooping of the eye brow or eye lid can occur which resolves completely with time. At Excellence Medical we go through a thorough consultation and answer all your questions, to make sure you understand the treatment before you have the treatment done.
Are there any contra indications to having the treatment?
Pregnancy and lactation are ethical contra indications to this treatment. At Excellence Medical, we will go through your medical history carefully to access any possible contra indications and ensure that the treatment is absolutely safe for you..
Can the procedure delay the aesthetic signs of ageing?
Yes, absolutely. Facial muscles hyperactivity influences and is one of the key causes of changes associated with the ageing process and effects it in a very profound way. By negating hyperactivity of these facial muscles, it acts as a preventative measure to delay the aesthetic signs of ageing. It may prolong and negate the need for future aesthetic surgery as well.