Everyone knows that regular exercise and a balanced diet are two important ways to help stay healthy, feel well and look good, but nothing can stop time passing whether we like it or not, we all grow older and it shows in our faces.
Why does your skin age?
As you age your skin loses water and hence elasticity. With time, collagen in the skin starts depleting, hormonal balance changes and our skin is being damaged by free radicals. Unfortunately that is then when wrinkles start appearing.
We show all our emotions with our face – laughing, frowning, etc. all require facial muscle movements. Although it defines your character it could sometimes become permanent, deep and very noticeable lines. While wrinkles are normal, defining features of your face, they could also make you look more tired or more aged.
Types of wrinkles
Dynamic Wrinkles – It’s the wrinkles that you are born with, it’s associated with the muscles we use for facial expressions such as smiling, laughing, frowning, etc. It’s due to muscular hyperactivity. These wrinkles most commonly appear around the lips, the corners of the eyelids, between the eyebrows and on your forehead. These wrinkles can be made less noticeable by using BOTOX®.
Crépe-Paper Wrinkles – It’s the wrinkles that are caused by exposure to the sun and also by ageing. As we age or are repeatedly exposed to the sun, collagen (the protein substance found just beneath and within the deep layers of the skin) starts to become thin, causing facial skin to be less elastic and flexible and it starts sagging. Crépe-paper wrinkles can unfortunately not be treated with BOTOX®.
Ways to maintain your skin
· Use sunscreens daily
· Don’t smoke – it is linked to premature wrinkles
· Eat a healthy diet including fresh fruit and vegetables
· Drink plenty of water
· Apply moisturisers to help keep skin smooth and moisturized
How does BOTOX® work?
The procedure takes around 15 minutes, during which we’ll ask you to pull some facial expressions in order to understand your facial muscles. We then use a eyebrow / lip liner to map the face. We then use a very thin disposable needle to inject the diluted product into the appropriate muscle.
Over the course of 5 – 10 days you will begin to see the effect. If at any time you have any concerns about the treatment or if you would like more information you can contact us.
The smoothing effect of the treatment lasts up to 4 months, so repeat treatment will be necessary to maintain the effect. Doing BOTOX® break certain habits such as frowning, squinting, etc. which causes facial wrinkles to appear.
Side Effects that could take place
The protein used in BOTOX® has been used for nearly 16 years in total and tested extensively for safety and efficacy. As with all medicines, BOTOX® can cause side effects, which will usually be temporary and mild to moderate. Most are linked to the injections, such as pain on injection, redness or swelling. Other side effects, such as drooping of the upper eyelid, can be caused by a spread of the injection into nearby muscles but are temporary in nature.
There is a very small risk of Botulinum Toxin Type A causing an unwanted effect away from the site of injection. If you develop breathing, swallowing or speech difficulty you will have to seek medical attention immediately.
In order to reduce possible side effects, we might instruct you to:
· Sit upright and do not lie down for at least four hours after treatment
· Avoid pressing on or massaging the treated area for four hours
· Avoid exercising for 24 hours following treatment
For how long can you be treated with BOTOX®?
It could be repeated indefinitely. BOTOX® has been used for over 16 years worldwide and acceptable safety in long-term treatment has been established.