Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) are effective to treat a range of skin concerns. Botox treatments in Manchester are delivered by a qualified dermatologist who is also a trainer and assessor for injectable treatments.
Lines and Wrinkles
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) help to soften lines on the upper face such as frown lines, forehead lines and smile lines, preventing them from getting deeper. With time, it can give you a smoother and fresher look.*
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) can be used in the lower face to reduce the bulk of the masseter muscles. These are muscles that are used to clench the jaw. Over time, the lower face looks slimmer and more defined.*
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) are highly effective for treating a ‘gummy smile’. With only two simple injections, this treatment can reduce an excessive amount of gum showing when you smile.*
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) can be used in the calves to slim the calf muscles. Effective for those who have bulky calf muscles, the treatment can give legs a slimmer look over time.*
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) can be used to treat prominent or strong neck bands, which can potentially cause a saggy jawline. Targeted treatments to the neck-band muscles can smooth the appearance of the neck. It also reduces the muscles’ pulling effect on the jawline thereby improving its contour.*
Upper lip lines
Anti-wrinkle injections (botox) can be used to treat upper lip lines, also known by some as “smoker’s lip”. They can be used in conjunction with dermal filler treatments to soften the appearance of upper lip lines.
Anti-wrinkle injections are treatments using a chemical substance which temporarily relaxes the muscle, thereby reducing the formation of wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily block the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical substance that is released from nerve endings. It transmits signals to the muscle and causes the muscle to contract. By blocking the release of acetylcholine, the muscle is not able to contract fully. As the muscles do not move, the overlying skin stops forming creases. Over a few months, the muscles form new receptors and start to contract again.
The chemical substance within anti-wrinkle injections has been used for various medical reasons such as to treat muscle spasms since the 1980s. Its cosmetic value was first discovered by an ophthalmologist who injected the treatment to the eye muscles. For cosmetic reasons, the treatments are in much smaller units. Treatments are safe if they are delivered by a trained, qualified practitioner.
Treatments usually take 2 to 5 days to take effect, and the full effective is usually seen after 2 weeks.
Treatments can last from 2 to 6 months. The average patient sees results last about 3 to 4 months.
The best time to consider anti-wrinkle treatments is when you begin to notice lines forming on your face even when you are not showing any expressions, or moving your facial muscles. These are called static lines. They usually happen in the 30s, but can vary from person to person depending on the individual’s genetic and lifestyle factors.
Once the static lines are deep, it is difficult to soften them with anti-wrinkle injections and other additional treatments are often needed to improve their appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to prevent the formation of static lines, by treating them early even before these lines start to form on the skin.
Anti-wrinkle injections are given by small syringes with microfine needles. Several injection points are made into the skin overlying the target muscles.
As the treatments have temporary effects, the side effects also tend to be temporary. Most commonly, there is some redness and swelling at the injection points immediately after treatment, which usually settle down after 1 hour. Bruising can occur and may take a few days or weeks to heal. Some people can have headaches or flu-like symptoms which usually improve with simple painkillers such as paracetamol.
Avoid touching the treated areas for at least 2 hours post-treatment to reduce the risk of infections. Avoid exposure to excessive heat such as the use of steam and sauna rooms, sunbeds and vigorous exercise for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment as these activities may potentially reduce the effectiveness of treatment.
*Individual results may vary.