What are they used for?+

  1. To remove fine lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, giving the skin a much smoother, more youthful appearance.
  2. Common areas of treatment:
    • Sides of eyes to reduce crows feet.
    • Horizontal forehead lines.
    • Frown lines – so you look less cross.
  3. There is emerging evidence that anti-wrinkle treatment to the forehead can reduce migraines/headaches in some individuals.

Does it hurt & how long does it take?+

A numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated and most individuals only feel a mild discomfort during the injections. Treatment is done within a few minutes.

How do they work?+

The product used is called Botulinum Toxin A (BTA) and it is manufactured by a number of different companies. One of the commonly named brands that most people are familiar with is 'Botox.'

Botulinum Toxin A is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum and in large amounts is very toxic.

When used in the aesthetic industry the amount of BTA used is minuscule to achieve the desired result.

It is injected into the muscles of the face that produce the lines we want to remove. It works by stopping those muscles moving.

How quickly does it work and how long does it last?+

  1. The anti-wrinkle treatment starts to work within a few days and the final result can be seen within 1-2 weeks.
  2. If it is a first treatment the result will usually last up to 12 weeks, longer in some individuals. Subsequent treatments in the same area may last much longer, in some cases up to 6-12 months.

Once treatment is started does one have to commit to ongoing treatment?+

No lifelong commitment necessary once you’ve had one/more treatments.

Once you stop having anti-wrinkle treatment the effects will gradually wear off and the muscles will start moving as they did before. The lines and wrinkles that were previously there will return.

The advantage of on-going treatment is to maintain the smoother, more refreshed look.

Are there any risks?+

  1. Bruising and swelling may occur at the injection site, but is usually mild.
  2. Occasionally some people notice a headache for a couple of days, particularly if it is their first treatment. Simple pain relief helps.
  3. If the anti-wrinkle treatment is injected into the wrong area then it can cause results such as a droopy eyelid/eyebrow/uneven look. This will wear off as the effects of the anti-wrinkle treatment wear off. Treatment should always be done by a medical professional that understands the anatomy of the face to minimise the risk of unwanted effects.

Who should not have anti-wrinkle treatment?+

  1. Pregnant and breastfeeding women cannot be treated.
  2. If your immune system that fights infection is compromised treatment is not recommended.
  3. If you have blood clotting problems or are on medication like warfarin treatment is not recommended.

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