Wrinkle Reduction Injections
Botulinum toxin type A injections work by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, resulting in a dramatically smoother, younger-looking appearance. The effects are outstanding which is why this is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world.
It can be used as treatment on one or more of these facial areas:
Frown lines between the eyebrows
Crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes
Horizontal forehead lines
It can also be used to create a ‘brow lift’.
How does the treatment work?
Using a tiny needle, small quantities of the treatment are injected into the muscles under the skin where wrinkles are most troublesome. The treatment temporarily blocks the nerve signal to the muscle, which in turn relaxes the muscles.
How soon will I see the effects and how long do the effects last?
The initial effects of the treatment start to be felt usually within 48 and 72 hours, but it can take up to 14 days to see the full effect. Laura will arrange a follow up appointment for 2-3 weeks if you would like your treatment reviewed.
The effects of the treatment usually last between 3 and 5 months, this will vary from person to person. Deep lines will be softened and may take several treatments until the optimum result is seen. Fine lines can almost disappear.
Too frequent or excessive dosing of treatment may increase the risk of antibodies in the blood, which may lead to failure of treatment.
With this in mind and the recommended license guidelines, repeat treatments are carried out after 12 weeks.
You should have further treatment when the muscle activity returns but before the lines and wrinkles have had a chance to re-establish.
Is it safe and does it hurt?
Millions of people worldwide have had these injections and the safety of the product is well established and beyond doubt.
There are a few rare medical conditions such as myasthenia gravis which affect muscles, and people with these conditions cannot have treatment. Treatment is also not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women. Laura Arena always carries out a full consultation prior to carrying out treatment.
The injections are virtually painless and may cause a minor stinging discomfort. Laura uses 'The invisible needle'® which is 33% thinner than the standard needle used for Botox. As the needles are very small, the risk of bleeding or bruising is minimal.
Botulinum toxin type A has been used for many years for medical conditions, children with cerebral palsy have the injections for muscle spasms and many eye irregularities can be treated i.e. squints. Botox is also used medically for migraine.
Once the effects of the Botox have worn off there is no lasting effect, the muscle returns to normal activity.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are uncommon and temporary – you may experience bruising or tenderness at the injection site, a mild headache and very occasionally the treatment may not work as some people are immune to the effects of Botox.
When injecting close to the eye there is a very small chance (significantly less than 1%) of developing a temporary drooping of the eyelid. If this occurs, drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally.
Many people worry about having a ‘frozen’ face after Botox; this is almost always due to poor injection technique. Laura Arena is trained to a high level so you can be assured you do not need to worry about being left with a frozen face.
Other rarer side effects are discussed at consultation.
What can I expect after the treatment?
For six hours after treatment, Laura Arena advises that you avoid exercise, hot baths or alcohol as these can increase blood flow and dilute the effect. It is important to avoid touching the area injected, including applying make- up, as this may actually push the product beyond the intended area. Laura does encourage you to actively use the treated muscles (e.g. frown or squint) frequently during the first hour after treatment, as this may enhance the effect.
Wrinkles normally begin to disappear after two or three days, and full results are usually seen within ten days. On average the effects last three to four months, but with repeated treatments the results may last longer.
Prices start from £149
Laura offers both Botox® and Bocouture® brands (see price list).