Temporarily smooth expression lines and dynamic wrinkles for a more youthful complexion.
The onset of age can bring a variety of skin concerns. Arguably the most commonly seen in both men and women from the age of 30 onwards are expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. Lines on the forehead, around the eyes and even on the nose can be a nuisance and give the appearance of a tired and ageing complexion and heavy eyelids.
Fortunately, at Pure Perfection Clinic in Rossett, near Chester, Cheshire and Wrexham on the North Wales border, we offer one of the most popular and effective injectable treatments for dynamic age lines in the world. These are called anti-wrinkle injections, wrinkle-smoothing injections or more commonly, the brand name ‘Botox’.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections utilise a substance called Botulinum Toxin Type A; the brand Botox by Allergan has become the household name, although other products exist. It was discovered to produce anti-wrinkle effects by chance when being used to treat migraines, and Botox is used in medicine for involuntary spasms, incontinence, depression, excessive sweating and lazy eye syndrome. Whilst anti-wrinkle effects were discovered by accident, this is now one of Botox’s most popular applications.
Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing the small muscles in the face that cause it to crease over time. It is a misconception that Botox fills lines and wrinkles; this is why Botox is seen as a preventative injectable, unlike dermal fillers, which restore volume.
Botox is a prescription-only medicine and must only be injected by a qualified and highly skilled medical professional. We inject minuscule amounts into the muscles which cause facial expressions and subsequently, expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. Botox blocks the nerve receptors responsible for causing the movement of the facial muscles and temporarily relaxes these muscles, smoothing the skin and reducing lines and wrinkles for up to 4 months at a time.
Which skin conditions can be treated with Botox?
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Gummy Smiles
- Teeth Grinding
- Crow’s feet (the wrinkles at the corners of your eyes)
- Glabellar lines (the 2 lines that appear between the eyebrows when you frown)
- Forehead lines (the lines seen when you raise your eyebrows)
- Brow lift – lifting the eyebrows to create a more open-eyed appearance
- Bunny lines (lines that appear on the nose when you smile)
- Dimpled chin (softening a dimpling of the chin)
- Square chin (masseter hypertrophy)
Are there any contraindications to Botox injections?
All medical treatments carry some degree of risk and these will be discussed at your consultation, prior to any treatment being carried out. Botulinum Toxin Type A can only be legally prescribed by medically-trained and well-equipped healthcare professionals. Some side-effects can occur and they can include:
- Bruising or swelling at injection sites (similar to gnat bites)
- Asymmetry of expression
- Drooping of the brow or eyelid
- Temporary headache or a sensation of ‘tightness’ or ‘heaviness’
You will be given all aftercare advice at your appointment.
Botox can be used in the upper face and for specific uses such as listed above. It’s important to consider that Botox will only treat dynamic lines and not for static lines, deeper grooves or extensive wrinkles which appear when the face is at rest. These can be treated with dermal fillers, in conjunction with Botox or as a separate, stand-alone treatment.
Some results can be seen after just 24 hours, however, for optimum results, expect to wait between 2 to 3 weeks for the full effect to appear.
This all depends on your natural response to Botox. Some patients can see the results lasting up to 6 months, others up to around 3 months. Best results are seen for around 8 weeks, after which, you can expect to see movement recovering. We do not recommend repeat treatments within any 3 month period.
For your no-obligation consultation and medical history check for only £50 (redeemable against your Botox treatment), contact the Pure Perfection clinical team and book your appointment.
We recommend between 2 and 4 Botox treatments per year and not within a 3 month period of each other.
Botox injections have been used in medicine since the 1950’s and Botox for wrinkle-smoothing was approved for use in the 80’s. Wrinkle-smoothing injections are virtually pain-free, take minutes to administer and not only smooth expression lines for months at a time, but can actually prevent new lines from forming.
This procedure is extremely straightforward and requires no prior anaesthetic. You’ll be able to relax on the couch and a series of marks will be made on your face with a white skin pencil, to ensure a precise placement. Then, the practitioner will inject tiny amounts of Botox, using extremely fine needles. This should not be painful, although if you are extremely sensitive or squeamish, a small amount of topical anaesthetic can be applied prior to the treatment. The treatment takes around 10 minutes to administer, but you’ll be in the clinic room for up to 30 minutes for marking and aftercare advice.
You will feel a slight pricking sensation at the sites of injection, however, these are minimally uncomfortable and in some cases, cannot be felt, due to the fine gauge of the needles used.
Botox is suitable for most patients who are experience early and advanced signs of ageing and can see expression lines appear. However, it’s important for us to check your medical history and general health, prior to any treatment here at Pure Perfection Clinic, therefore we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation, so that we can discuss all options and decide together, whether Botox would be a safe and suitable option for you.