Treatments - Botox

Botox anti wrinkle injections work by injecting the facial muscles with a purified derivative of Botulinum Toxin. Botox has become a worldwide household name, it is in fact a brand name for Botulinum Toxin. It reduces the muscles activity, thereby, preventing it from wrinkling the skin.

The product we prefer to use is Azzulure . We can treat lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows, caused by excessive muscle activity during frowning and smiling. "Crows feet" around the eyes , "Marrionette lines" from the corners of the mouth, and "Smokers lines" on the lips can all be treated.

It has to be remembered that the skin ( particularly ageing skin) can behave like paper, in that the more times it is folded the deeper the line becomes. For this reason some lines and wrinkles require the use of Dermal Fillers,  as well, in order to get the desired result.

Please feel free to contact us to arrange an initial consultation.

About Azzalure®

Azzalure® is a purified protein which is injected into specific muscles in the face to temporarily relax them, softening facial expressions and helping to reverse the signs of ageing.

Although Azzalure® is a new treatment, its active ingredient (botulinum toxin type A) has been used cosmetically for more than 10 years and it has also been used to treat certain medical conditions in the UK for over 20 years.

Azzalure® is now licensed to treat frown lines, but must be prescribed after consultation with a qualified healthcare professional such as a doctor, nurse prescriber or dentist.

Your practitioner has decided that you can receive treatment with Azzalure®. This leaflet explains more about the injections, what to expect and things to avoid in the first few weeks after treatment.

On the day

Before injecting Azzalure® any make-up will be removed and the skin disinfected. Your practitioner will then study your facial muscles to see how they work, as individuals can differ. The injections should be painless, but a local anaesthetic cream can be used prior to treatment.

To treat frown lines, Azzalure® is injected with a fine needle above and in between your eyebrows. The treatment session will last around 15 minutes and you can return to your usual daily activities immediately afterwards.

Your practitioner should tell you more about how to look after your skin following treatment with Azzalure®, but as a reminder there are some aftercare tips on the back of this leaflet.

Please ask your practitioner if you have any worries or concerns before treatment.

Seeing the benefits

Azzalure® normally takes an average of 2 to 3 days to start working, although it may take a little longer for the full effects to be seen. The speed of action will depend on the strength of your facial muscles and your individual response to the injection.

Hopefully you will be pleased with the effects of Azzalure®. Azzalure® can reduce the severity of glabellar lines for up to 4 months.

What about side effects?

Like all medicines, Azzalure® can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Any reactions are generally minimal, temporary, and typically relate to the injection itself.

There may be slight discomfort as the needle enters the skin. There is also the possibility of bruising or bleeding at injection sites.

Very rarely, botulinum toxin may result in muscle weakness away from the site of injection. If you experience any discomfort you should consult your GP.

Other potential side effects are listed in the Azzalure® Patient Information Leaflet, please ask your practitioner if you have not been given this.

Azzalure® aftercare tips

For at least 4 hours after treatment

  • Keep upright
  • Do not bend excessively

For at least 12 hours after treatment

  • Avoid extreme facial expressions
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Avoid wearing make-up

For at least 2 days after treatment

  • Do not rub or massage the treated area, this may cause the injected solution to spread to nearby muscles
  • After washing, pat skin dry very gently with a soft towel

For at least 2 weeks after treatment

  • Avoid exposure to strong sunlight, very cold temperatures and saunas
  • Do not have any beauty treatments on your face e.g. facials, facial massage

Remember: the effects of Azzalure® are temporary, ask your practitioner when they recommend you return for re-treatment.

Important Information Following Botulinum Toxin Type A Treatment

Please click here to download our post treatment advice.

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