What exactly is a wrinkle treatment?
Wrinkle-relaxing injections, like Botox® and Bocouture®, are a safe, effective way to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. They work to block the electrical signals between the nerves and certain muscles in your face that create deep and pronounced facial wrinkles (like crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, etc.), reducing their appearance for up to 12 weeks.
Why should I have a wrinkle treatment?
If you’re concerned about existing fine lines and wrinkles, and also want to prevent new lines from developing, wrinkle-relaxing injections could be an effective treatment for you.
At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., we strive to enhance your natural beauty, so we’ll make sure you keep movement and character in your face. Thanks to the skill and experience of our Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber, Clare McLoughlin RGN INP, we can expertly use wrinkle-relaxing injections to soften and smooth lines and wrinkles rather than ‘freeze’ your features, creating a fresh and youthful appearance
As an experienced independent nurse prescriber and advanced procedure aesthetic nurse, Clare McLoughlin RGN INP has the knowledge and skill required to use wrinkle-relaxing injections to treat:
How does this treatment work?
Wrinkle-relaxing injections, such as Botox® or Bocouture®, are a type of botulinum toxin type A – a prescription-only medication that is primarily used in medical aesthetic treatments (when it’s appropriate) to temporarily reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by expression and muscle movement. It’s been licensed for use to safely treat a variety of medical issues and can be used in cosmetic procedures.
Botulinum toxin is injected into the facial muscles and blocks the flow of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle, causing the muscle to contract. Without these chemical messages, the muscle stays in a resting state temporarily (usually for between 8 and 12 weeks) until the flow of these messages is restored when new nerve endings are naturally produced by the body.
Wrinkle-relaxing treatments like Botox® or Bocouture® are not ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatments. It’s important to seek advice from a skilled aesthetic practitioner such as Clare McLoughlin RGN INP to discuss your aspirations before you decide on a treatment. Injections in different areas and with different quantities of toxin can produce different effects when it comes to your dynamic facial movements. As an experienced medical professional, Clare will tailor your treatment to your specific needs.
Botulinum toxin helps to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles that cause expression lines (or ‘dynamic’ facial wrinkles). It may not cause existing expression lines to disappear completely as this depends on the overall quality and condition of your skin. It’s also not a suitable treatment for lines and wrinkles that are present without facial movement. Clare can advise you on the best course of action to tackle these particular skincare concerns.
Wrinkle-relaxing treatments usually take around 30 minutes to complete. Results are generally noticeable between seven and ten days after treatment but it can take up to three weeks for the final look to be achieved. The effects of this treatment typically last 3-5 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if this wrinkle-relaxing treatment is safe and right for me?
Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox®) are prescription-only medications and can only be prescribed for use following a consultation with a medical professional – either a doctor or a fully qualified nurse prescriber.
At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will only prescribe wrinkle-relaxing injection treatments following a detailed one-to-one consultation with you, enabling her to accurately assess whether wrinkle-relaxing injections are an appropriate treatment option given your unique medical history, skin condition and expectations.
During your consultation, you’ll be given comprehensive information about the procedure, its potential side effects and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You’ll also be given the time to decide whether or not, given the information you’ve received, you would like to proceed with any recommended procedure.
In terms of the side effects of wrinkle-relaxing injections, there is the risk of some slight bruising around the injection sites, as well as the possibility (in 1-10% of all patients undergoing this treatment) of patients experiencing mild headaches, mild muscle activity disorders, or a temporary feeling of heaviness in the upper face in the days immediately following treatment.