Anti-Wrinkle Injections: The FAQs
what is 'botox'?
Botox takes its name from Botulinum toxin; a protein produced naturally by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin - sometimes referred to simply as ‘toxin’ - is refined under laboratory conditions to produce a purified form of the protein that can be safely used for treatments. Botox is a brand name, although the word is sometimes used generically to refer to any Botulinum toxin.
Is BOTOX A DRUG?
Botulinum toxin type A is a prescription-only drug in the UK and so its production and use is subject to strict rules and regulations. This includes its use for cosmetic purposes. It should not be provided or used by an unqualified person.
IS BOTULINUM TOXIN SAFE?
Anti-wrinkle treatment is very safe. The use of Botulinum toxin has been well established in medical practice for many years, and it is growing in its application across medical specialties. Very tiny quantities of the drug are required for cosmetic treatments. Generally, these doses are too small to pose a danger to health.
HOW DOES BOTULINUM TOXIN FOR ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT WORK?
Over time, tension in the muscles of facial expression result in wrinkles and lines on our faces. Botulinum toxin relaxes these muscles by blocking some of the small nerves that supply them. By preventing tension in these muscles, anti-wrinkle treatment reduces or eliminates the appearance of wrinkles and lines
HOW QUICKLY DOES ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT WORK?
Anti-wrinkle injections begin taking effect within the first few days after administration, and you may notice some difference after around 5 days. However, it generally takes between 14 and 30 days for the peak effect of treatment to be seen.
HOW LONG DO ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS LAST?
The protein in botulinum toxin is naturally broken down by the skin, and so treatments are not permanent. Typically, an anti-wrinkle treatment will last between 3 and 6 months before repeat treatment is required to maintain the optimum effect. Treatment duration varies due to a number of factors. Your clinician will be able to discuss these with you in more detail during your consultation.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
Downtime - a period of restricted activity - is not required after anti-wrinkle injections. You can return to your daily activities as soon as you have left our clinic. However, we do recommend avoiding any activity that may promote skin flushing or excessive sweating. This includes activities such as exercise, hot baths or saunas.
DOES ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT WORK FOR DEEPER LINES?
The deeper lines that develop on our faces over time are the result of repeated movements of the underlying facial muscles. The more these muscles are used, the more apparent the lines become.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to reduce the appearance of deeper lines, but may not eliminate them altogether. To achieve a smooth appearance in areas where deeper lines are present, an alternative skin treatment may be required.
WILL ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT GIVE ME A ‘FROZEN’ FACE?
The ‘frozen face’ look sometimes associated with anti-wrinkle treatment can be the result of over treatment with too much injection, which may temporarily prevent facial muscles moving altogether.
At Aesthetic BTN we have the experience to assess and administer just the right amount of injection to achieve the desired results without over-treating you.