Dermal Fillers:Typically for nose to mouth lines, marionette lines and lip enhancements
Botox™Vistabel, Dysport Typically for frown lines, forehead and crows feet.
DermarollerMost courses require between 3 & 5 treatments usually
5-6 weeks apart
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PeelsAH, TCA, Glycolic Acid.
What is it?Botox is acually a brand name, its an abbreviation of the protein Botulinum Toxin. Other brand or trade names used include Dysport and Vistabel. They are all almost identical in there uses and effects.
How does it work?In relation to cosmetic treatment, the protein reversibly weakens the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles which appear when you animate or move your face.
What areas can I have treated?This is an incredibly important and relevant question, that needs to be asked as the products used in facial aesthetics are very much area specific. Muscle relaxants tend to be used predominantly to treat the upper third of the face. There are three main areas (groups of muscle) that can be treated. Frown wrinkles (11′s wrinkles between your brow) The most common area for muscle relaxant treatments. Frown wrinkles are vertical lines that often appear when concentrating, it tends to be a negative looking expression, showing anger or frustration. Forehead wrinkles These appear as horizontal lines in the area between the eyebrows and the hairline. These wrinkles are formed during facial expression to convey emotions such as surprise or empathy. With advancing years, these wrinkles continue to remain even when the facial muscles are relaxed. Crow's feet wrinkles These are in the outer corner of the eyes and appear more prominent when laughing or smiling. They can result from excessive sun exposure combined with the skin becoming less elastic with age. There are a multitude of areas that could also be treated with these products, beyond the scope of this FAQ section, dependant on the treatment desired and practitioner experience.
Does it hurt?This is variable, depending on each individuals pain threshold. A very fine needle is used so it is generally far less uncomfortable than having eyebrows plucked, but this again is area specific. Around some areas you will feel very little, whilst in other areas you may feel a slight pinching sensation. Topical aneasthetic cream is seldom required though.
Is it safe?Yes, all the products listed above undergo a very strict and rigorous manufacturing process. Botulinum as a muscle relaxant has an excellent safety record and a long record of use in medicine. It has been used successfully in adults and children for a variety of medical conditions over the last 20 years. It has been used cosmetically to treat facial wrinkles for about 15 years and has become one of the most popular and frequently used cosmetic treatments. There are certain side effects that may occur but these are area specific and something the practitioner will go through during consultation.
How will it look/ I don't want to look frozen?This is dependant both on what area is treated and how strong a result is required. If one or two areas are treated then the look can be very natural. There is a compromise though, the more pronounced the effect required, the less movement there will be in that area. For the glabella region, lack of movement is never an issue. The forehead covers a larger area so this may be more apparent, particularly with a stronger result. Again, these aspects are always discussed and a treatment that is right for each individual client adopted.
How long will the treatment last?
The product will typically take two to fourteen days to have its effect, with an inability to contract the muscle in the area treated. The majority of treatments would be expected to last around three months, however, every person is different with some treatments lasting slightly longer or shorter. Botox is a muscle relaxant and is dose related such that if more product is used, a stronger, slightly longer result can be achieved. The trade of with this is that there would be less movement in the target area. There is a plateau such that after a certain level of product, no increased result is achieved. When clients have had the treatment a number of times an idea of what level of product is right for each person can be attained. The level of product is discussed during the consultation appointment, as each clients needs are different. It is generally recommend that a standard dose in the target areas is used, and work from this. The product can begin to wear off from three and upto seven months after the treatment. Again every person is different, with a full arange of movement returning slowly over a month, or more quickly within a few weeks. It is advised to expect treatments to last around three months. It is extremely important to remember, however straightforward these procedures may seem to be, they are medical procedures and as such require a thorough pre treatment assessment. This is undertaken at the initial consultation. Whoever is providing treatment, credentials and insurance should always be checked and verified to prove they are qualified to be undertaking these procedures. This is actively encouraged and should be readily available for viewing. Please don't feel embarrassed in asking, its your safety that's important. Corrective treatments are also undertaken if there have been issues or problems from other practitioners and enquiries are always welcomed. Arrangements can be made for any appropriate referrals to respected dermatology consultants if required.See Botox price list