As we get older, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and sags causing fine lines and wrinkles. This is mainly down to a loss of collagen in the skin but also simply down to gravity and the wear-and-tear of daily life.
Wrinkle & Facial Line Treatments
Consequently, our skin’s complexion and texture start to change and gaps appear in the skin’s collagen mesh. This eventually leads to the appearance of lines and wrinkles which deepen and widen over time.
The break-up of supportive collagen is accelerated by exposure to sunlight, use of sun beds, environmental pollution and smoking.
A good skin routine is essential to keeping up moisture levels and removing excess dirt and pollution from your pores. While there is no such thing as a miracle cure for wrinkles, this is the next best thing!
Botulinum Toxin A is best known as Botox® however there are a number of brands on the market containing this ingredient.
Botox® works by blocking the release of an enzyme at the junction of the nerve and muscle. This means that the underlying muscle will no longer respond to signals from the brain and will remain relaxed. So when Botulinum Toxin A is injected into a muscle, that muscle in effect becomes paralysed and, as it can no longer move, animation lines cannot be formed.
Treatment is done by injecting the toxin into the relevant muscles. Depending on the area this may involve numerous injections.
There are four sets of animation lines that can be effectively treated by Botox® injections. These are:
- Horizontal lines on the forehead – produced when a person raises their brow
- Vertical lines between the eyes – produced when a person frowns
- Horizontal lines just above the nose – produced when a person squints
- Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) – produced when a person squints or smiles.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is caused by over activity of one type of the eccrine “sweat” glands. These glands are found virtually all over the body surface but they are concentrated on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and in the armpits.
Sweating is the body’s way of controlling its internal temperature however people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature. This may make everyday activities more difficult to carry out and it can cause embarrassment at work or socially.
The Botulinum Toxin A works by blocking the action of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
In clinical trials sweat production was reduced by 83% one week after treatment. Furthermore, sweating was reduced by at least half in 95% of patients.
Does it hurt?
We use very fine needles to inject small amounts of Botulinum Toxin A into or around the muscles. This causes only a slight stinging sensation at most.
How long does it take?
This depends on the number of areas needing treatment but usually no more than 15 minutes.
Are there any side effects?
You may get some injection related reactions such as bleeding at the injection sites as well as bruising or swelling. Usually this will only last one or two days. Other reactions are rare but will be discussed fully during your consultation.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Treatment is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant or breast feeding. We would not recommend treatment to anyone with muscle or bleeding disorders.
How often can I repeat the treatment?
Treatments should last between 4-6 months so we recommend waiting until the cosmetic effect has worn off.
How quickly will I see results?
Usually between 5-7 days.
How can I find out more?
Book a consultation or call us on 01204 570 900
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