The focus of this blog is wrinkle-relaxing injections, aka Botox, which is a treatment that, although widely heard of, is so poorly understood.
What is Botox?
Small doses of botulinum toxin are introduced to chosen muscles to reduce their contraction strength via injection.
The aim of treatment is not frozen, expressionless foreheads; but to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by reducing the pull of some muscles on the skin and creating lift in different areas of the face to freshen the overall appearance.
I often hear people say they can always see when someone has Botox. My response is always the same - for all the people whose 'Botox' you can see, many have had a subtle anti-ageing, wrinkle-relaxing treatment you can't recognise, which has left them with a natural younger, fresher appearance and feeling more confident.
So what can wrinkle relaxing injections do?
Smoothes out frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines
Create lift in heavy eyelids
Reduce the appearance of lines on the nose, aka bunny lines
Reduce a gummy smile
Aid lift to the corners of the mouth
Reduce the horizontal lines/bands in the neck
Sharpen the jawline
Slim down the lower face
Reduce chin dimples
Lengthen the face shape
Reduce lip lines, aka smokers line
What has become apparent to me talking to hundreds of people about wrinkle-relaxing injections over the years is that it is so misunderstood and shrouded in misconceptions.
Injectable treatments aren't for everyone but don't let fear or confusion stop you.
Here are some frequently asked questions.
What are wrinkle relaxing injections, and how do they work?
Using facial muscles repeatedly throughout your life causes the skin to crease in the areas of most action – usually on the forehead and around the eyes. In addition, as we age, we produce less collagen, so these areas are prone to damage, making the lines more visible.
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) blocks the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle. As a result, the muscle becomes less active, stopping the skin creasing, which allows time for recovery and results in much smoother skin. It takes four to ten days to take effect and will last around three to four months.
The muscles re-educate with repeated treatment, and the treatment generally becomes less frequent.
Is it safe?
Botulinum toxin is the official name of Botox and has been used since the 1970s for many medical reasons; it has also been thoroughly tested for it's affect on the body. Aesthetically, minute doses are considered safe. However, some side effects can include bruising, excessive or uneven results and localised infection. After your treatment, advice on reducing the risk of these is discussed.
What happens during treatment?
The procedure itself takes only a few minutes. You will be asked to use specific muscles on your face, so it can be observed how they function. The area is then cleaned, and a fine, short needle is used to administer the treatment under the skin. This may cause some mild and brief discomfort. There may be some minor swelling and redness that will settle after a matter of minutes. Arnica gel will be used after your treatment to minimise any bruising. Time will then be spent going through your aftercare, and you will be able to return to everyday activities as usual.
"I have visited Kelly twice now and like to say that the experience was outstanding. Being needle phobic, having this treatment wasn't a decision that I took lightly. However, Kelly took the time to discuss the procedure to ensure I was relaxed and at ease. The atmosphere is friendly yet professional, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results and will not hesitate to recommend her to others" – Mrs C, Lancing.
"She is the Botox magician, don't hesitate!" - Mrs M, Steyning.
"Kelly is very experienced and achieved amazing results. No one knows I have had Botox done, I just look like me only better, I receive regular comments on how good my skin looks" - Mrs K. Steyning.
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