Anti-wrinkle therapy is the process of having little injections of a substance called botulinum toxin where the deepest movement lines and wrinkles exist on the face.
The precise areas are different for everyone but they are typically forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. The injections block signals from the nerves to the muscles for three to four months, and in that time the lines caused by repetitive movement fade.
The injections are no more painful than an insect bite or a pinprick and the procedure takes about 20 minutes. Anti-wrinkle therapy is a prescription only medicine so a consultation for lines and wrinkles is required beforehand and the treatment can only be provided where we judge it is appropriate for the patient.
We use this muscle relaxant to reduce the intensity of the muscle action in the face which causes lines to deepen and we always aim for natural looking results. We want our patients’ friends to say, “You look well” rather than, “Have you had some work done?”
The effects are temporary and, performed regularly, this treatment will actually retrain the muscles of the face to minimise the onset of movement lines, which can have a dramatic effect on self confidence.
It can take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects, which can be described as looking more relaxed and well rested. Possible side effects in rare cases include headache, temporary blurred vision, temporary eye-lid droop, nausea, pain, redness at the site of injection and muscle weakness.
We would stress however that we work in a sterile environment that is regulated to high cross-infection standards and we perform facial injections almost every day throughout our careers, so opting for Aquae Sulis for anti-wrinkle therapy is a safe choice.