Anti-wrinkle injections (botulinum toxin injections)

Anti-wrinkle injections using botulinum toxin (a purified protein which temporarily blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles which cause wrinkles and lines allowing these to relax) are used for smoothing frown, forehead, laughter and upper lip lines/wrinkles. The same injections can improve hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

The injections temporarily block the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles which cause wrinkles and lines allowing these to relax. The treatment can also result in a significant brow lift or can help to maintain a surgical brow lift. The injections can also be used to raise a smile, and to improve early jowls.

                                                                    

 

 

Anti-wrinkle injections

The injections are very quick and simple to perform and are only associated with minor discomfort.

Aspirin, any medication which contains aspirin e.g. Anadin, and anti-inflammatory medicines e.g. Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Diclofenac should be avoided for 2 weeks before any such injections to minimize the risk of bruising.

                

                  The typical location of injections given to reduce frown lines in the glabella area

               

                  The typical location of injections given to reduce crow's feet lines and wrinkles

               

                        The typical location of injections given to achieve a "chemical" brow lift

               

                  The typical location of injections given to raise the smile and reduce chin lines

                            

                         The typical location of injections given to improve forehead lines.

Great care has to be taken with injections to the forehead to prevent the brows from   dropping and to prevent a "frozen" look.

 

      

                     The typical location of injections given to improve "bunny" lines.

               

                                                    The muscles of facial expression

Anti-wrinkle injections

Are the injections painful?

The injections are very quick and simple to perform and are only associated with minor discomfort.

How good are the results?

Facial Injections

        The results are very good and reproducible. Generally, the initial effect is seen within 3 days and the maximum effect is seen 7=10 days after treatment. The effects last approximately 3-4 months. Regular maintenance treatment every 3-4 months helps to prevent recurrence of the lines/wrinkles.

                  Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used in conjunction with a dermal filler for deep lines (although these should be given on separate occasions when treating the same area e.g. deep frown lines. The results of blepharoplasty surgery and brow lifts are also enhanced by the use of anti-wrinkle injections given 1-2 weeks prior to surgery.

Are Botox injections safe?

These have been used in the field of medical and cosmetic treatments for over 20 years and are considered a very safe medication with a long safety track record.

Are there side effects?

Complications in the hands of a trained and experienced practitioner are very rare and all precautions are taken to minimise any risks.

Some bruising may occur but the risk of this is minimised by applying firm pressure immediately after the injections. It is, however, important to let us know if you have a bleeding disorder, or if you are using anti-coagulants e.g. Warfarin, or Aspirin or arthritis medications such as Ibuprofen. There have been no reported long term ill effects from the use of botulinum toxin injections.

After Botox Injections

                 Avoid any massage to the injected areas to prevent spread of the toxin to other adjacent muscles.

                 Patients can return to their normal activities straightaway but should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days or trauma to the injected areas.

 How long have you been giving these injections?

The most senior surgeon at the Face & Eye clinic has been giving botulinum toxin injections to his patients every week for over 20 years (since 1991). He has given thousands of injections.

What type of botulinum toxin do you use?

Dysport and Azzalure which in our very extensive experience give the longest lasting results for our patients. "Botox" is merely a trade name for a type of botulinum toxin.

I have heard that Botox injections are used for other reasons. What are these?

  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) - the injections are given into the axilla (the armpit) and are very effective. The effects last longer than for the management of wrinkles and lines, usually lasting for approximately 6 months or more.
  • To treat patients with very severe watering of the eyes e.g. crocodile tears following a facial palsy - the injections are given into the lacrimal gland. These are only given by an ophthalmic surgeon.
  • To induce a temporary droop of the eyelid (ptosis) to protect the eye in patients with a chronic corneal ulcer or facial palsy.
  • Migraine - the injections can be beneficial in certain patients with migraine which is refractory to other standard treatments.

What are the costs?

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