What are anti wrinkle injections?
Botox is a drug medical professionals have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are 3 brands on the UK market, I use Allergan. Botox is the term you hear most often because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin.
How does it work?
The botox is made into an injectable liquid. This substance target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signalling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. It is injected in small amounts.
Having this treatment done doesn’t take long. You won’t need anaesthesia. A small needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. It’s best to avoid alcohol the night before and 24 hours after the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don’t spread the Botox to another area. You should stay upright for 4 hours after the injections and to take a day off from exercising.
The effects from the treatment will last up to 3 months. As muscle action slowly returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again.
Areas that can be treated include- Forehead and frown, Crows feet, brow lift, bunny lines, downturn corners of mouth, pebble chin and lipflip.