Botulinum Toxin & Dermal Fillers
Dermal Fillers are used to plump, while Botulinum Toxin is used to rejuvenate and smooth. Small amounts of judiciously placed injectables work wonders to lift, repair, strengthen and support. And that’s the key; any qualified practitioner will want to ensure natural results to enhance lip volume, redefine features or soften wrinkles.
Botulinum Toxin works by relaxing the muscles that create lines. It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and when injected, the signalling system between the nerve and muscle becomes inactivated and contract. It has been used within mainstream medicine for several decades for uncontrolled spasms of the muscles (dystonia) including the eyelids (blepharospasm). It is also used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bruxism (teeth grinding) and certain types of headache as well as anti-ageing aesthetic procedures.
Where can Botulinum Toxin be used? It can treat lines and wrinkles on the face, including the forehead, crow’s feet and lip lines, eyebrow drop and upper lid hooding, as well as neck vertical (platysmal) bands, chin dimpling and drooping of the tip of the nose.
How long do the results last? How long do the results last? The effects from your treatment will usually last 3-4 months. It may take up to ten days to achieve the full result. Conservative doses would be used at your first treatment and topped up, if required, to reach the optimum dose for you. This reduces the risks of overcorrection, including temporary eyelid droop or double vision.
What are the possible side effects? There are minimal side effects, but it is normal to experience a small amount of bruising or mild swelling for a day or so, occasionally with localised discolouration and a pin prick-like mark at the injection site. There may be a mild, dull ache around the treated area for the following one-two days.
Treatment cost: Cosmetic £275. Medical price on enquiry.
Dermal fillers are injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness. As we get older our natural collagen and elastin diminishes, leaving us with resting lines and volume loss.
What are fillers made from? I only use dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid (HA) similar to that naturally found in our bodies. I avoid products which contain bio-active ingredients which are difficult to remove, should there be an indication to do so.
How long do the results last? The effects are immediate and it takes at least nine months for the body to break it down. HA attracts water, so it tends to increase in volume over the days following injection. For this reason it is preferable to slightly underfill and top-up after a few weeks, if required.
What are the possible side effects?
Some swelling usual over the 24-48 hours following the injection. The face is very vascular, so it is possible to experience some bruising, especially following treatments in or near the eyelids. A good understanding of facial vascular anatomy and safe injection technique ensures the risk of blocking a blood vessel during injection is minimised.
Lips £250; Tear troughs £495; Cheeks/nasolabial £495; Jawline £495