An introduction to anti-wrinkle treatments by Dr Yasmin Albeyatti.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
The anti-wrinkle injections have the key active ingredient called botulinum toxin (Botox). It is a prescription-only medication that we source only from UK pharmacies. Botox can be used to smooth and reduce the lines and wrinkles which add to the ageing appearance. They are a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes without any need for surgery.
How does it work?
The anti-ageing medication is injected into specific muscles to stop them from contracting. This then prevents the lines and wrinkles from appearing to give a smoother and more youthful appearance. This treatment also prevents lines and wrinkles from getting worse.
When is the best time to start anti-wrinke treatments?
It is worth considering anti-wrinkle treatment when lines and wrinkles begin to appear readily during regular or mild facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning. Usually, this begins to happen towards the late 20s and mid-30s but varies from person to person. It is best to start Botox treatment earlier than later to maintain a smooth, youthful appearance and delay the signs of aging by preventing further, deeper lines and wrinkles from appearing.
Things to Know
How long does the procedure take?
The actual procedure takes approximately 5 – 15 minutes to complete the small injections in the appropriate places. Your appointment will usually be booked for 30-45 minutes to make sure there is plenty of time to discuss your medical history, aftercare instructions and to ask as many questions as you need.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is relatively painless to a minimal level of discomfort.
How long does the treatment last for?
The treatment can last between 3 – 5 months. The more regularly you maintain your treatment, the longer it can last.
Is a review appointment included in the price?
All treatments include a 2-week review appointment to check the progress of your treatment and make sure you are happy with the results. Before and after photos are usually taken to see the progress made.
What happens if I need a top-up?
At the 2-week review appointment, a top-up dose can be given where appropriate to make sure you get the best results from the treatment.
How quickly can I see the effects of the treatment?
It takes 4 – 10 days for the effects to show. Most people start to notice an improvement in their lines and wrinkles from day 4 and enjoy the results for 3 months onwards.
What are the most common side effects?
Some people experience small spots of bruising where the medicine has been injected. This is most common around the corner of the eyes as the skin is thin and there are many tiny vessels. The small bruising can usually be easily covered up by make-up and usually disappears within 1 – 2 weeks.