If certain wrinkles make you look older than you really are, now there is a safe and easy way to erase these lines without surgery, scars and recovery time.
Frown Lines and Crows Feet
The lines we know as frown lines and crow’s feet are lines of facial expression. They are created by the repeated action of very specific action of very specific facial muscles and the lines become more apparent over time. The muscles creating the frown lines are called corrugator muscles and they are located above the eyelids and in the middle of the bridge of the nose. The oricularis oculi muscles create the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. These muscles are easily identified and their movement can be minimised with the technique of botulinum toxin injections.
What is Botulinim Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a natural purified protein produced by the clostridiun botulinum bacteria. Although botulinum is technically a toxin there are no serious side effects. This is because, for the treatment described, it is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body.
Botulinum toxin is not a new treatment. It has been used for more than 15 years to help patients worldwide, and it is approved by the health ministries for at least 20 countries.
Botulinum toxin is given in injection form. When drugs are taken by mouth, they are distributed throughout the body by the blood system. In contrast, botulinum toxin is injected into the desired site of action. Botulinum toxin is not expected to be present in the bloodstream at measurable levels following treatment at the recommended dosage, and typically remains in the injected muscle. Although some spread to the adjacent muscle may occur.
How Does Botulinim Toxin Work?
Normally, your brain sends electrochemical messages to your muscles to make them contract and move. These messages are transmitted from the nerve to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. When too much acetylcholine is released, muscles become overly active and spasm or tense up.
Botulinum toxin blocks the nerve from releasing acetylcholine. As a result, the muscle spasms stop or greatly reduced, providing relief from symptoms.
It is important to remember that Botulinum is not a cure. For example, however, its effects have been dramatic. With botulinum toxin, the nerve will take about 3 months to recover and begin to release acetylcholine, and the muscles may become overactive again. At that point, another injection will be needed to provide muscle relaxation, as long as no allergic reaction or other significant side effects occurs and clinical response was obtained.
If you do not have a botulinum toxin top up the wrinkles and the enhanced lip effect will subside gradually until your skin looks like it did before the treatment.
Botulinum toxin does not affect the nerve, so there is no numbness in the area of the injection. Also, the effect of the botulinum toxin is only in the immediate area of the injection. Therefore, the muscles related to other expression are unaffected.
Does a Botulinum Toxin Injection Hurt?
When botulinum toxin is injected there is an initial minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete there is usually no discomfort.
How Fast Does it Work?
There is no immediate response to the botulinum toxin injection. It takes several days for the muscles to be affected, at which time; one will notice the gradual loss of ability to frown or to create the lines affected by the treated muscles.
How safe is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 10 years (since 1994) and for wrinkle therapy for over 8 years (since 1997) in the amounts used for wrinkle therapy; the only possible side effects are temporary and localised to the area of the injection. This is most commonly a droopy eyelid or eyebrow. This seems to occur because some of the injection finds its way into those muscles unknowingly. The problem usually goes away in two or three weeks. Allergic reactions are extremely rare.
Botulinum toxin is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In the USA, almost 500,000 botulinum toxin treatments were performed in 2000.
What are the side effects?
It is very safe treatment. However side effects can occur but are rare. They include slight bruising at the injection site, slight drooping of the eyelid which would only last for a week or so and headaches.
Will it “freeze my face” and leave me expressionless?
No, definitely not. Our training enables us to minimise any loss of facial expression by injecting specific muscles responsible for the wrinkles.
Where can Botulinum Toxin be used?
Facial line softening of the upper half of the face: forehead furrowing, eye lines (crow’s feet), frown lines between the eyes, scars. It is also used for preventing excessive perspiration.
Who will perform the procedure?
Dr Gabriela Staneviciene and Dr Theo Potgieter
How much does it cost?
1 Area £175.00
2 Areas £225.00
3 Areas £275.00
For further information please call 020 8599 0040