How does anti-wrinkle treatment work?
The active medication in anti-wrinkle treatment is botulinum toxin (often referred to as botox). It is a naturally occurring protein which is works by blocking chemical messages sent from the nerve to the muscle to contract. This result is relaxation of the targeted muscle. The muscle stays 'rested' until the toxin action wears off, after about 8-12 weeks.
Botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medication. Therefore clients must attend a face to face consultation prior to treatment with a medical professional either a doctor, dentist, nurse prescriber or prescribing pharmacist to check suitably before a prescription can be given. The only licenced toxin brands in the UK are Azzalure, Bocouture and Botox.
What to expect from treatment
Following treatment, results can start to be seen from day 4-5 but allow 2 weeks for the optimal effect to be realised. You will be invited for a review at 2-3 weeks, where the effectiveness of the treatment can be assessed and any adjustments made if required.
Treatment is most suitable for dynamic lines (lines occurring on movement) rather than static lines. Therefore prevention is key with this treatment. With repeated Injections overtime the muscle will shrink and the lines will become less prominent.
Areas most commonly treated
For the first hour, it is advised that you exercise the treated muscles every 15 minutes. It is recommended that you sit upright and avoid leaning forward for the first 4 hours following treatment. You will be advised to avoid alcohol, extreme heat (sunbeds, saunas, jacuzzi), exercise, touching or massaging your face for 24 hours following treatment.