Wrinkle Reduction with Botulinum Toxin
Physicians around the world use Botulinum toxin injections to treat wrinkles and fine lines, such as forehead lines, frown lines and crow's feet. Botulinum toxin has been used in hospitals since 1977 and within the medical aesthetics industry for over 20 years. There are 70 countries in which Botulinum Toxin is widely used, and 6 million patients a year have treatment in the USA alone.
Our highly experienced physicians at VIDASKIN use the branded, original anti-wrinkle injections on the market, with a large emphasis on safety. It is the result of years of studies and is used extensively in medicine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first cleared this particular brand of Botulinum toxin in 1989, making it the first approved form of wrinkle injection in the world that targets wrinkles and fine lines. These injections are a natural, purified protein that temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. This injectable treatment is an established brand name and can treat conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), a wide jaw, and even calf slimming
Ageing is a definite process that results in the wrinkling of the skin. At VIDASKIN, our doctors are highly experienced with anti-wrinkle injections that give you a more youthful appearance.
Choosing the right physician is crucial. While you may find alluring deals that offer wrinkle injections for seemingly incredible prices, we would urge those seeking treatment to be extremely cautious as it could possibly be an untrained practitioner performing these treatments, or the products used are not what is advertised.
There are many brands of Botulinum toxin. Many mistake the brand as a general term for the treatment, which is simply not the case. For this very same reason, many practitioners falsely claim that they use the branded product.
Not only do you need to feel comfortable with your doctor on a personal level, you also need to make sure that you feel confident in their abilities, skills and knowledge. We always advise prospective patients to do their research and make educated decisions.
Even when treated by highly qualified physicians, the results are temporary, as treatment is on-going. This is due to the properties of Botulinum toxin itself and it is not dependent on the physician’s skill. Patients usually require an injectable treatment every 3-4 months.
To ensure your safety, your medical history will be noted and a mandatory consultation provided prior to treatment. The procedure itself should be virtually painless and choosing a highly qualified and experienced practitioner is an important factor in this process.
Dr Vicki, an experienced and expert injector who creates a subtle, natural look by reducing wrinkles and fine lines, will be performing the treatment.
Botulinum toxin injections can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation, as well as the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Those who have medical conditions that can affect safety, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation to avoid any complications.
The treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
Wrinkles and fine lines can be identified in two ways: expressive or static. Expressive lines are those which are evident when expressing emotion. Static lines are those which remain evident even when the face is relaxed.
The main areas that are affected by expressive and static lines that may benefit from an anti-wrinkle injection are:
Glabella – Frown lines
The Glabella is the area between your brows. Over time, some may find that there is a deep line that becomes quite prominent. The use of botulinum toxin can relax the muscle to stop you overworking that area and reduce the appearance of that static groove.
Forehead – Horizontal line
Likewise, the forehead is an area where we tend to get both expressive and static lines. The use of botulinum toxin relaxes the area to stop over-expression.
Crow’s Feet – Corner of the eye
This is a concern many of our patients have. Many believe the eye and lip areas to be the most obvious sites for ageing. It is particularly important to check that the injector administering the treatment is highly-skilled when injecting around the eyes.
Bunny Lines – Top of the nose
Bunny lines are mostly evident when smiling. They form on the bridge of the nose, near the tear duct of the eye. If in doubt, picture a bunny scrunching up its nose. While it might not be an obvious area to treat, it can be a bugbear for those who do not like the way their smile appears in the mirror and in photos.
Brow – Lifting of the brow area
Surgery is usually the last resort for patients as they wish to get great results without going under the knife, which is completely understandable. Botulinum toxin can be used as a non-surgical alternative to do a brow lift by introducing the solution to key points, relaxing the muscles we use to frown, and lifting the weight that we naturally want to push down.
Jawline – Non-surgical reshaping
If your masseter muscle (the muscle that controls jaw movement) is particularly robust, it can make your jawline rather square. If you desire a slimmer, heart-shaped jaw, botulinum toxin is a possible treatment option. This is particularly favoured among women.
While there is no real downtime or side effects associated with anti-wrinkle injections, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the injection point.
You may also be able to see small pin prick marks at the injection site. This can easily be masked by makeup. Some mild discomfort may be felt during treatment, but we use ultra-fine needles at VIDASKIN, and the treatment can be completed relatively quickly.
There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment. For best results, avoid massaging the area that has been treated, and avoid exercising the area for 4 hours after treatment. This will ensure that the product works to the best of its advantage for the individual.
Following any treatment which involves injections into the face, we would always recommend not touching the area for at least 6 hours, preferably waiting until the next day. While it is okay to clean the area, we advise against the application of any makeup until 24 hours post-treatment, at which point it is perfectly reasonable to use light makeup.
Results should be visible after 5 – 7 Days. Patients are usually required to attend our reviews 2 weeks post-treatment to ensure that we have treated you to perfection, and so that we can understand you and your muscles better. This will help to guide our future treatments with you. During this review session, it may also be possible to make minor adjustments if necessary.
We are seeing an increasing number of men requesting for wrinkle reduction, where we are getting excellent results. Many men request for wrinkle reduction to appear fresh, more friendly and approachable, and ready for the workplace.
What patients need to do after an injection is to avoid excessive blood flow to the face, so we recommend that they do not bend over for long periods of time, engage in strenuous exercise, have alcohol, or go to steam baths and saunas. Neither doctor nor patient would want the botulinum toxin that has been put in a very discreet place to spread around.
What we feel is that chronological age has nothing to do with physical appearances. We do not think there is any right age as we have to remember that people will display the signs of their expression at different ages. Sometimes we will see women in their 40s and 50s with very few expression lines, and conversely, we might see a 21 year old patient with very deep expression lines. We are aiming to treat the individual and not the person’s age.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Botulinum toxin and the one of the biggest concerns patients come into the clinic with, is whether they will be left with a fake looking frozen face. With Botulinum toxin, it is important to remember that the results are dose-related. If too much product is put in, expressions will be blunted, and the skin may develop a smooth, shiny appearance. The vast majority of patients want a very natural result, so we put in only what is needed to achieve that. This way, some expression is retained, avoiding that undesirable shiny appearance. On the other hand, some patients would like a more “rested” look and we are able to adjust the dosage according to their desires.
The Botulinum toxins used at VIDASKIN are FDA-approved and bear the CE mark that indicates it conforms to international standards for health and safety. We also only use products which are approved by our local Health Sciences Authority(HSA).