The treatment of fine lines and wrinkles – What’s it all about and is it safe?
Line and wrinkle treatments are commonly used to treat areas in the upper part of the face aiming to combat both fine lines and also deep wrinkles.
Cosmetic treatments to prevent and improve fine lines and wrinkles have been provided since the1980’s, changing the cosmetic industry due to their remarkable results combined with very few risks and no recovery time.
Wrinkle relaxing injections have been used to treat millions of patients worldwide and is the world’s most popular Non-Surgical treatment. The treatment involves relaxing the muscles that actually cause the wrinkles to appear.
Many people describe these treatments as “BOTOX” treatment. This is actually an incorrect definition. BOTOX® is actually a trade name for a prescription only medicine which is Botulinum toxin type A.
BOTOX® is a prescription-only-medicine (POM) it is prohibited by law from being advertised to the public, either directly, as a product for sale or indirectly.
Botulinum toxin (aka BOTOX®), is a natural, purified protein which is a very popular treatment used to relax the facial muscles that can cause lines and wrinkles over time. It was originally used to treat medical conditions such as excessive sweating and facial muscle problems. It is the safest product to use, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
BOTOX® is indicated for uses in the following fields in the UK:
- Neurologic disorders
- Bladder disorders
- Skin and skin appendage disorder including temporary improvement in the appearance of the following facial lines, when the severity of these lines has an important psychological impact in adult patients
- Moderate to severe vertical lines between the eyebrows seen at maximum frown (glabellar lines)
- Moderate to severe lateral canthal lines (crow’s feet lines) seen at maximum smile
- Moderate to severe crow’s feet lines seen at maximum smile and glabellar lines seen at maximum frown when treated simultaneously.
The only cosmetic use for which BOTOX® is licensed is the ‘glabellar’ lines, which are the vertical lines on the forehead between the eyes.
What results does the treatment aim to provide?
We use our facial muscles repeatedly throughout our lifetime with the overlying skin becoming creased in the areas of greatest use. The aging process causes a slowdown of collagen and elastin production within the skin and its healing potential. As we get older these areas of over use become damaged and the lines become permanent. These lines can have a detrimental impact on a patient’s psychological health.
Botulinum toxin is a purified, extracted neuromodulator that acts on nerve endings terminating within the injected muscle. Thus preventing the targeted muscle’s contraction and softening lines in the skin overlying it, or they may even fade away.
Injectable wrinkle treatments are a non-invasive affordable treatment, suitable for anyone who has facial lines and wrinkles. The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expressions as we get older such as laughter lines and crow’s feet. It can also be adjusted to ensure natural results. Patients can come and visit our qualified dentists and point out a specific line that they don’t like. At Rock House Dental Practice, we will look beyond the line at how the face looks as a whole (as treating an individual line might make the face look unnatural).
Who can administer cosmetic skin injections?
Take time to find a reputable practitioner who is properly qualified and practices in a clean, safe and appropriate environment. Ask the practitioner what you should do if something were to go wrong.
Botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medicine that should only be prescribed and given by an appropriately trained healthcare professional, such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber, or nurse prescriber.
The concept of ‘Botox parties’ or ‘filler parties’ is wholly incompatible with the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice. The college states that treatments should be carried out in licensed premises where practitioners have access to professional equipment for use in the event of an emergency.
What’s the procedure?
At Rock House Dental Practice we use Azzalure which is specifically designed for use in aesthetic treatments.
Receiving treatment for fine lines and wrinkles takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anaesthesia. The procedure involves injection with a very fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes around 7 to 14 days to take full effect.
Average price of treatment: = £150 to £350
What about risks and side effects?
All medical treatments that are performed incorrectly have risks. It is important that an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner provides these treatments for you. Injections with botulinum toxin are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In rare cases an individual may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug.
Around 1% of people receiving injections of botulinum toxin type A develop antibodies to the toxin that make subsequent treatments ineffective.
Along with its intended effects, botulinum toxin may cause some unwanted effects if inappropriately administered. When correctly used, there are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections which means that patients can resume their usual activities straight away.
How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects from Botox will last three to six months which is dependent on each person as everyone is different. As your muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear so to ensure wrinkles stay at bay they will need to be treated again. However, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking from each treatment.
Who should avoid this treatment?
This treatment can be used on a wide variety of patients, although we advise against using this treatment if you have medical conditions such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints. You 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.
If you feel that Rock House Dental Practice can help you achieve the results you are searching for then give us a call on 01902 751618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and book an initial assessment appointment with Dr Anoup Nandra.
Dr Nandra has been proving cosmetic skin treatments for over ten years with outstanding results. He has run a training course in the field to teach other practitioners the technique.