Anti-wrinkle injections – All you need to know about your treatment at Inskin
Wrinkle smoothing injections are the extremely effective and popular way to combat and smooth out wrinkles. Over the years, it has become the number one most common cosmetic use to turn back the years to provide a fresher smoother looking skin.
Naturally as we age collagen breaks down and with consistent use of facial muscles, lines and wrinkles will inevitably form so you feel that you look tired in the mirror or people “kindly” tell you that you are looking tired, it could be that your eyes and eyebrows are beginning to droop. Anti-wrinkle injections have in recent years become more and more acceptable as the main solution to addressing the natural ageing process and managing those unwanted wrinkles around the forehead and eyes.
Botulinum toxin can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, therefore paralyzing them.
In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become less stiff.
We are very pleased to have Dr Liz Mclean as our aesthetician here at Inskin. Liz has many years of experience in the aesthetic field of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers and is an expert in the field. Importantly, she is also a facial surgeon and works at various hospitals in Cheshire and Manchester, so you can be assured that you are in the very best of safe hands.
Liz offers a no obligation free consultation. She will completely put you at your ease and takes time to fully explain the procedures. She will discuss your full medical history and also answer and advise on any concerns that you may have and will advise the best treatment for you along with the cost so that you will be fully informed before making a decision. With dermal fillers, Liz will give you an informed “cooling off” period of time from initial consultation to actual treatment. This is now a guidance by the General Medical Council and one that Liz fully appreciates.
Liz ensures that your look is of a natural one rather than a false one. People generally want to just look like their younger version rather than a false version. With this in mind, she will work on a “less is more” and offers a review after a 2 week period to discuss the results of your initial treatment and whether further treatment is required or not.
There is now the non-surgical face lift, or the 8 point lift which is a combination of botox and fillers and becoming extremely popular. Dr Liz McClean, being a facial surgeon, believes that assessing the face as a whole rather than just “fixing” what seems to be the problem is the way forward with botox and fillers to give an overall more naturally youthful looking face.
After treatment, lines and wrinkles will be visibly smoothed and the full results of the injections can be seen 3-10 days later, the relaxation of the relevant facial muscles lasts for a period of 4-6 months and this differs from person to person.
This treatment is safe, effective and very quick and popular for both men and women as well as for medical treatments (see FAQs) and for your utmost comfort, the very finest sterile needles are used to carefully inject small amounts of botox into the muscle(s) causing the wrinkle. For most part of the treatment, this is pain-free, however some areas may be more sensitive than others and a topical anaesthetic cream can be used if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the anti-wrinkle substance
This is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles. It is also sold commercially under the names Botox, Vistabel, Dysport, Bocouture, Xeomin and Myobloc
What areas of the face are treated with this?
Typically areas to be treated with botox are frown lines (the glabella – between the eyebrows) and frown lines on the forehead. The area around the eyes, laughter lines or more harshly called crows’ feet also treated.
These make up the 3 areas of injection. Improvements can also be made for the line crease in the chin or lines at the side of the nose.
Other concerns medically can also be treated, please see below)
How do I avoid the “frozen” look?
In some instances, a lesser experience practitioner will inject too much product into areas that already have active toxin in the area, thus “overdosing” on the product in that area stopping any muscle stimulus thus producing a “frozen” look. A well experienced and reputable practitioner is able to avoid this by thorough understanding of the patients’ history, by visual examination and by working with caution at time of administration of the product. More can always be put in, but it can’t be taken out.
What other conditions is the anti-wrinkle substance used for?
Botulinum toxin is currently approved for the following therapeutic applications:
Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Strabismus (crossed eyes)
Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
Detrusor overactivity urinary incontinence
Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
Canthal lines (crow’s feet).
Are there any side-effects or downtime?
There may be a small amount of initial swelling/redness initially after treatment but this generally settles down within a few hours. It is not common for any allergic reactions to being treated with Botox® but on a very rare occasion, a small amount of bruising may be occur which will settle down within days
Can everyone be treated?
Generally apart from some rare medical conditions, most people can be treated with Botox®. Certain antibiotics should be such as Gentamicin and Neomycin. Expecting or breastfeeding mothers should not be treated with Botox®