The first signs of aging are often wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips. Wrinkles are a normal feature of the human face. But many people feel wrinkles make them look tired or older.
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.
Botulinum toxin is a treatment that softens and prevents lines and wrinkles from forming. Botulinum toxin can be used as part of a treatment plan when treating the face as a whole.
How does Botulinum toxin work?
Botulinum toxin contains a highly purified protein, when injected in to the muscles the product relaxes the area and result in a reduced muscle activity. It therefore softens lines and wrinkles. Once injected Botulinum toxin takes around 10-14 days to take effect and for the patient to see the optimal result. Using Botulinum toxin early on can help to prevent wrinkles getting worse or becoming deeper. The longer you have Botulinum toxin, the less frequent the treatment needs to be.
Is Botulinum toxin safe?
Botulinum toxin has been used for cosmetic purposes for more than 20 years and has an exceptional safety record. Botulinum toxin is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment, with more than 6 million Botulinum toxin treatments administered each year. Like all other prescription medicines, however, suitably trained professionals should administer your treatment. In the right hands, Botulinum Toxin is a very safe drug, with minimal side effects and complications.
At Reading cosmetic clinic, Botulinum toxin treatment for wrinkles is performed by one of our highly trained doctors following a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
What areas can be treated?
Botulinum toxin can be used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles for the whole face giving a "facelift effect".
It can be used for the forehead, eyes, "smoker's lines" around the lips as well as on the chin and neck. Botulinum toxin can be used to reduce jaw ache for patients/people who clench or brux and can be used to reduce a "gummy" smile by lowering the upper lip.
Will the treatment hurt?
Before Botulinum toxin, a topical anaesthetic cream is used and then a very fine needle is used to inject the product and feels like little pricks on the skin. It can leave the skin a little red afterwards but the redness never lasts long and the patient is able to go back to work directly after treatment.