Laughing, smiling, frowning and lifestyle factors all contribute to the development of facial lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle smoothing, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasions and skin tightening treatments can all be used to smooth lines and wrinkles for a younger, more rejuvenated look. Line reducing treatments, are non-invasive, quick and most often used to smooth away forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and laughter lines resulting in a dramatically younger looking appearance.
Line reducing injections are one the most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK for the reduction of wrinkle and fine lines. Botulinum toxin has been used medically in the UK aesthetics industry for around 20 years. It is a protein which is injected into the muscle temporarily relaxing it. As the muscles relax, the overlying skin which has been creased tight into fine folds, also relaxes and lines and wrinkles smooth away.
They should only be administered by an experienced medical practitioner after a face to face consultation who will then ensure if you are suitable and that the correct amount is placed proportionatley in the right areas to ensure the desired look is achieved.
Line reduction, works by injecting Botulinum Toxin into the muscle blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle, which means the nerve cannot tell the muscle to move. As an anti-ageing treatment, it is injected into specific facial muscles that are used for certain expressions, such as frowning or squinting. The effects lasts 3-5 months, with peak effect happening at 6-9 weeks. gradually after which you will experience your facial expressions gradually returning to normal.
- Frown lines (Glabellar lines)
- Surprise lines (Forehead lines)
- Crow’s feet (Peri-orbital lines)
- Bunny lines (Nose lines)
- Brow lift
- Sleep lines (under the brow)
- Nasal tip reshaping
- Nasal flare
- Gummy smile
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Chin dimples and reshaping
- Necklace lines
- Décolleté wrinkles
Line reducing treatment can be used for treating wrinkles in men and women of any age, who want to have smoother, tighter looking skin. We find the typical client starts to look at the treatment when they notice that frown lines and other ‘dynamic’ lines are becoming permanent, which usually occurs in a person’s early 30s.
It should not be used in
- People with infection at the proposed injection site.
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles.
- Children under the age of 18 years.
- Women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
You may start seeing improvements within a couple of days, however it can take longer a little longer in some people, thats why we always get you back in for a review. Line reducing treatment results are temporary and last between three and four months at a time.
You may feel a slight ‘tight’ sensation or a feeling of ‘heaviness’ which will subside in a few weeks. After a month your treatment will still be very effective with a visible reduction in lines. Some people will have a very small amount of movement return, although this differs for everyone and also depends on the area treated.
We ask that patients avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, excessive heat (such as saunas) and massage of the treated area for 24 hours post treatment. Beyond that, no special precautions need be taken and you can simply look forward to the results of your treatment taking effect.
You will also be invited back for a 2 week review where we check the results and ensure you are happy with the treatment.
Common Side effects can include;
- muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected;
- blurred vision, puffy eyelids, dry eyes, drooping eyebrows;
- headache, tiredness;
- bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given.