Carefully targeted placement of botulinum toxin (often known by the trade name Botox® can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you are concerned by fine lines and wrinkles on your face particularly frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet or bunny lines (other areas can be treated too), you may be suitable for wrinkle reduction treatment. Subtle brow lifts, lip flips and neck bands can be treated too.
If you are pregnant, breast feeding, on blood-thinning medication or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have wrinkle reduction treatment.
There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard treatment is carried out in the office placing a series of tiny injections into targeted facial muscles. The dose is bespoke to your individual requirements and anatomy.
Wrinkle reduction treatments can be done on their own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include dermal fillers, facial peels and to maintain or enhance the results of facial rejuvenation surgery such as facelift or blepharoplasty.
15 to 30 minutes depending on the areas treated. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall treatment time is longer.
You are advised to avoid massaging the areas treated for 4 hours. After that you can wear make-up and wash your face as normal.
No time off work is usually needed. The injection sites may be tender to touch for a few days. A small group of people experience swelling and bruising at the treatment sites. It will take 3 to 7 days to see the effects of treatment with full effects by 2 weeks. Treatments last between 3 and 6 months. To maintain a steady effect, treatments every 3 to 4 months are recommended. Deeper wrinkles will not be eliminated but can be reduced with treatment.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all treatments and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before treatment, the care and precautions she takes during the treatment and the advice she gives you after the treatment. Some of the complications that can happen include tender injection sites, infection, bleeding, severe bruising, asymmetry, headache, dry mouth, weakness of eyelid movement, poor eyebrow position, over-treatment, under-treatment, allergic reaction, difficulty breathing (very rare).
Most patients who undergo wrinkle reduction treatment are very pleased with their results and find that it really rejuvenates and refreshes their facial appearance. Success depends on being prepared for your treatment, choosing the right procedure, the treatment itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!