What is botulinum toxin for facial wrinkles?
The first signs of aging are often wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips. Wrinkles are a normal feature of the human face. But many people feel wrinkles make them look tired or older.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, some people choose to have injections (shots) of botulinum toxin. These injections are often called by their brand names, such as Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® or Jeuveau™. The injections relax certain muscles in the face, and certain wrinkles become less noticeable for a period of time.
Types of wrinkles
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and very fine lines and wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by facial muscles that move when you smile, laugh, and squint. These are often around the lips, on the forehead and between the eyebrows. They are also the “crows’ feet” at the corner of your eyelids. Everyone is born with dynamic wrinkles. As you age, these wrinkles get deeper and easier to see. Botulinum toxin can be used to make these dynamic wrinkles less noticeable.
Very fine lines and wrinkles are formed when collagen in the skin starts to thin. Collagen is protein just beneath and within deep skin layers. Aging and sun damage cause collagen thinning. It makes the skin on your face stretch and sag, creating fine wrinkles. Botulinum toxin does not erase fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are other ways to reduce their appearance.
How does it work?
When botulinum toxin is injected, it blocks certain nerve signals that make muscles contract. The muscles relax, reducing unwanted wrinkles. This effect lasts about 3–6 months. After that, the muscles move again and wrinkles come back.
When will you notice?
Within the first week of your treatment, you should notice your muscles begin to relax and fewer facial lines and wrinkles. This effect wears off in about 3–6 months. You may be asked to come back after two weeks for a review, and possible top up.
Who can get botulinum toxin injections?
You need to be healthy and at least 18 years old before you can get botulinum toxin injections.
Some people should not get botulinum toxin. They include those who:
have a neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis)
are pregnant or nursing
have weakness in certain facial muscles
have ptosis (drooping eyelids), deep facial scars, or uneven facial features (when features are not the same on both sides of the face)
have skin problems near the injection area
If you are deciding to get botulinum toxin injections, tell your highly trained therapist about your medical history and all the prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.
While botulinum toxin injections may help, they sometimes cause side effects or other health problems. Common side effects include:
redness or bruising in the injection area. This is more likely to happen if you take aspirin or blood-thinning medicine.
Drinking alcohol 24 hours before treatment also increases redness and bruising.
A less common but more serious side effect is ptosis (drooping eyelids). This can make it hard to see.
Ptosis should go away when the botulinum toxin wears off in a couple of months, depending on where the Ptosis is, it may be reversible.
To help reduce the possibility of side effects, your therapist may recommend using eye drops after a botulinum toxin injection. You may also be asked to sit upright (not lie down) and avoid pressing on the treated area for about 4 hours after the injection. No massaging for 3 days.
Also, your therapist may recommend you not exercise for 24 hours after treatment, avoid saunas, steam rooms, sun beds and sun bathing for 3 days.
Botox for Sweating
Excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis) can be uncomfortable and extremely embarrassing, but the problem can be treated with Botox.
How does Botox work to reduce sweating?
You sweat when the nerve endings in your skin tell the sweat glands to produce sweat. Botox helps reduce excessive sweating by blocking those ‘messages’.
Once an area has been treated with Botox, the sweat glands will not produce sweat for up to six months*.
Botox is not a permanent solution for excessive sweating as your body produces new nerve endings over time, about every six months. As these new nerve endings haven’t been treated with Botox, they will send signals to the sweat glands as normal to start producing sweat.
Using Botox to treat excessive sweating has mixed results. Some patients find they no longer sweat in the area that’s been treated, while others continue to sweat but much less.
What happens during the underarm treatment?
During the procedure your practitioner will:
clean the underarm area with an chlorhexidine antiseptic solution
use tiny needles to inject around 50 units of Botox into each armpit, very superficially.
Most patients experience very mild discomfort and describe the injections as feeling like a pin prick.
The whole procedure will take around 20 minutes and you can return to your normal day-to-day activities straight away.
*Results typically last 6 months but have been reported to last 4-14 months.
How to prepare for underarm Botox treatment
We recommend you:
shave under your arms three day before your treatment
don’t use any deodorant or antiperspirant:
on the morning of the procedure
24 hours after having the procedure
avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after having Botox
avoid direct sun exposure, sun beds and saunas
Botox for excessive face and head sweating
Excessive sweating of the face and scalp can be uncomfortable and make you feel extremely self-conscious. If you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis of the scalp and/or face, Botox can offer you relief.
You need a free consultation prior to booking your treatment
Your practitioner will discuss which areas of your face or scalp sweat excessively and if these areas can be treated with Botox. Some parts of the face can’t be treated with Botox. This is because Botox is a muscle relaxant, so if certain muscles are treated this could affect your smile, speech, eating, swallowing and so on.
Common areas that are treated with Botox for sweat reduction include:
the ‘T’ zone of upper lip, nose and temples
the scalp and hairline
What happens during the facial sweating treatment?
Your practitioner will wipe the area with antiseptic then inject the Botox with a tiny needle.
The number of injections you need will depend on:
the size of your treatment area—Botox injections are usually given one square centimetre apart on the scalp
how much you sweat—the more severe your hyperhidrosis, the more Botox you will need to treat it
The amount of Botox needed to treat facial sweating depends on how many areas of the face are being treated.
Botox for excessive palm and feet sweating
Excessively sweaty hands and feet can have a huge impact on confidence. Sweaty hands in particular can affect everything from productivity at work to daily activities such as driving.
What happens during the palm or soles of feet treatment?
The procedures to treat sweaty hands and feet are very similar. Your practitioner will:
clean the areas with chlorhexidine
rub a cream onto your skin to numb the pain you may feel
use a pen to mark the areas they will inject
inject small amounts of Botox across the entire palm or sole
Although neither procedure is particularly painful, having the injections in the soles of the feet can make walking feel sore a day or two after having the treatment.
You can expect to have around 30 tiny injections of Botox to treat each hand or foot.
How much does Botox for sweating cost?
Costs vary depending on the areas being treated. As a guide, you can expect to pay around £400 to treat each of these areas:
both underarm areas
Risks and side effects
What are the common side effects for having Botox to treat sweating?
Swelling, stinging and soreness at the injection site
Increased sweating in other areas of the body
Rare side effects include:
Your therapist will explain the risks to you before you choose whether to have the procedure.
Who can’t have the treatment?
You will not be able to have Botox to treat your excessive sweating if you:
are pregnant or breastfeeding
have been diagnosed with any heart problems
have been diagnosed with any muscular problems
are on certain medication such as muscle relaxants or anticoagulants
Your practitioner will ask you what medication you are taking at your consultation to see if there are any contraindications (factors that make it necessary not to give you the treatment).
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Botox for Migraine
We are now able to ease the suffering from repeated migraines.
Botox is injected into either the forehead or side of the jaw, it may take a few weeks to become fully effective and you may need to have a top up at 2-3 weeks post initial treatment due to the issue being so complexly different between sufferers.
Not all migraines are able to be treated with Botox. It may bot be effective for hormonal migraines, but will work brilliantly for those whose migraines are brought on by stress.
A bonus to these treatments is a natural slimming effect when applied in the jaw, and fewer wrinkles when applied in the forehead. - all that and banish the days of pounding, nausea and dizziness a migraine brings.
A consultation is needed and may be done remotely via video link.
Please see the information above on who is and isn't suitable for Botox Injections
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What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hylauronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue. There are various brands available that work to different densities, have different viscosity and are aimed at providing different enhancements, from subtle natural enhancements to more dramatic volume or structure, your therapist will help you decide what would work best for your needs.
How do they work?
Fillers basically restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep-set lines are smoothed.
Why is this needed? As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look.
Do dermal fillers have side effects?
It’s easy for clients to confuse side effects to reactions, so it’s extremely important to understand what side effects can be expected.
Temporary side effects – those that are completely normal after facial injections – can include; swelling, redness and tenderness.
It’s completely normal to experience a little bit of discomfort, redness and bruising after the procedure. Reactions generally occur immediately after the needle injection and can include; redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection location. These are usually mild in nature and resolve quickly, typically within two days.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Referred to as HA, the natural substance found in many areas of the body including eyeballs, joints and skin, that can hold 1000x its weight in water. Hyaluronic facial fillers helps to maintain shape, even out depressions in the skin and provide hydration.
Poly-Caprolactone (PCl), or Ellanse, is another popular filler that acts as a collagen stimulator, when injected in strategic places in the face, it triggers the body’s natural response to produce collagen, which provides you with a much longer lasting result.
Dermal fillers are suitable for:
Smile lines / smokers lines
Lip Line improvement
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