Frequently asked questions
What Causes Lines & Wrinkles?
Movement of the facial muscle is inevitable and expresses our feelings and emotions. This movement creates what we know as 'dynamic lines' which are the lines and wrinkles created when facial expressions are made. In youth, these lines simply disappear when movement is not being made due to good Collagen and Elastin production.
As we age, our natural production of Collagen and Elastin slows down and the stability of these compounds begin to breakdown. This can also be caused by other factors such as smoking, alcohol and sun expsoure (UVA / UVB / Infrared) to name a few. With this in mind and the continual muscle movement, eventually the skin leaves an imprint of the dynamic lines which become visible when the face is at rest and no movement is being made; these lines are what we term 'static lines'.
Static lines are where we see the visible signs of ageing also known as wrinkles.
What is Botox® or Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Anti-wrinkle Injections often referred to as Botox®, have been used for decades now in order to reverse the visibility of certain facial lines such as the forehead, crows feet and frown lines (1). These injections are made up of Botulinum Toxin A, a purified protein, which inhibits the brains signals instructing the muscle to move therefore reducing the intensity of movement; therefore reducing the intensity of the 'dynamic lines'.
By minimising dynamic lines, you are in turn preventing further creation or worsening of 'static lines', and allowing the skin to rejuvenate and plump out the static lines using the body's own natural production of collagen and elastin. The effects are a wrinkle and line free face, although results can vary between clients.
What are the risks with Botox® Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
As with any treatment there is risk and Botox Injections are no different. Whilst anti-wrinkle treatments are generally safe, there are some risks which need to be highlighted to anybody considering them.
These risks can range anything from Allergy, Asymetry to an 'Eyelid ptosis' (Drooping eyelid). However the important thing to to note is that Botox® Injections are not permanent and it is extremely unlikely that there would be any long terms effects from treatment. There are also some smaller side effects, however our Aesthetic Doctor will discuss these during a full face to face consultation and will also give you the opportunity to ask as many questions that you may have to help inform your choices.