Botox® , otherwise known as Botulinum Toxin is still the most popular anti-ageing treatment available. It is a naturally occurring protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
Wrinkles are caused by changes in the skin, around areas where muscles are overactive, for example, around the eyes and mouth. The Botulinum renders muscles temporarily inactive making the face appear softer, smoother and younger.
Areas that can be treated include:
- Frown lines – forehead & area between the brows
- Crow’s feet – around eyes
- Bunny lines – on the bridge of the nose
- Necklines – horizontal ‘necklace lines’ and vertical ‘platysmal bands’.
Each treatment session usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes and involves between 10 and 15 injections. These are carried out using tiny needles to minimise any discomfort. There is next to no down time, although activities like exercise should be avoided for at least 6 hours after the treatment. The area should not be touched for 24 hours and a review with your aesthetic practitioner should take place 2 to 3 weeks after the first procedure.
These treatments are completely safe with severe and permanent reactions almost completely unheard of; your aesthetic practitioner will be able to discuss all of this during your free consultation.