Anti wrinkle injections are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Botulinum toxin has been used in hospitals around the UK since 1977 and within the cosmetic industry for over 20 years. It is used in 70 countries and is used on over 4 million patients in the USA alone, every year.
Our highly experienced practitioners at Zen Clinic use Botox® anti wrinkle injections: the original product on the market with a large emphasis on safety. It is the result of years’ worth of studies and has been used extensively in medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Botox®?
This particular brand of botulinum toxin was first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, making it the first approved form of wrinkle injection, in the world to target wrinkles and fine lines.
What are muscle relaxing injections?
Botox injections are a natural, purified protein used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. This injectable treatment is an established brand name and can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
How many sessions will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
Even when treated by highly qualified practitioners, results are temporary, treatment is ongoing. Patients usually have injectable treatment every 3-4 months. Prior to treatment to ensure your safety, a medical history will be taken and a mandatory consultation provided.The procedure itself should be virtually painless and choosing a highly qualified and experienced practitioner is an important factor in this process.
Am I a suitable patient for Botox injections?
Anti wrinkle injections can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Those who have medical conditions that can affect safety, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications.
Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
Who will carry out the treatment?
Dr Ravi Suryavansi will always conduct consultations and treatment.
Natasha Lam is another aesthetic qualified and experienced practitioner who will carry out treatment after consultations.
Both practitioners, using their extensive training and experience will create a subtle, natural look by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
What areas can be treated?
Wrinkles and fine lines can be identified in two ways: expressive or static. Expressive lines are, as the term suggests, those which are evident when expressing emotion. Static lines are those which remain evident even when the face is relaxed
The main areas that are affected by expressive and static lines and may benefit from an anti wrinkle injection are as follows:
Glabella – Frown lines
The Glabella is the area between your brows. Over time, some may find that there is a deep line that becomes quite prominent. The use of botulinum toxin can not only relax the muscle to stop you overworking that area, it can also reduce the appearance of that static groove.
Forehead – horizontal line
Likewise, the forehead is an area that we tend to get both expressive and static lines. The use of botulinum toxin relaxes the area to stop over-expression.
Crows’ Feet – Corner of the eye
This is a concern many of our patients have. Many believe the eye (and lip) area to be the most obvious sites for ageing. Not all products can be used in this area, and it is always important to check that the injector administering treatment is highly-skilled when injecting around the eyes.
Brow – Lifting of the brow area
Botulinum toxin can be used as a non-surgical alternative by introducing the solution to key points, relaxing the muscles we use to frown, lifting the weight that we naturally want to push down.
Jawline – Non-surgical reshaping
If your masseter muscle is particularly robust, it can make your jawline rather square. If you desire a slimmer, heart-shaped jaw, botulinum toxin can be used to streamline the area. This is particularly favourable among women.
Will there be any downtime?
While there is no real downtime or side effects associated with Anti wrinkle injections, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. Some mild discomfort may be felt during treatment, but we use ultra-fine needles at Zen Clinic, and the treatment is completed relatively quickly.
There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
For best results, avoid massaging the area that has been treated and avoid exercising the area 2-4 hours after treatment. This will ensure that the product works to the best of its advantage, for the individual.
It is important to disclose any medical history – whether you suffer from illness or disease directly, or a family member does – during consultation.