What do these injections contain?
The injections contain a
naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, in
a purified form. This is
a very safe, effective treatment not only used in cosmetic clinics but also
for a number of medical conditions including migraine and excessive sweating.
The injections are prescription only medicines (POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors,
dentists and nurses with a prescribing qualification, following a face to
face assessment and consultation with the qualified prescriber.
is a licensed brand of this type of injection. Other licensed brands include Azzalure®,
How does it work?
The injection blocks the
transition of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle
stays in a resting state for a period of 2 to 3 months on average.
This may be only a
partial reduction in movement, allowing some remaining movement or a full block in which case there is very little
remaining muscular movement in the area.
This very much depends on the amount
administered and location of product placement; treatment will be tailored to
suit your individual requirements. Your expected treatment outcomes and whether
they can be achieved will be discussed at the time of consultation.
Does it hurt?
A very fine needle is
used and generally this treatment is not described by most as painful and can be
well tolerated with no anaesthetic.
What does it treat?
The aim of the
licensed treatment is to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles
causing expression lines (dynamic lines), specifically the frown; crow’s feet and worry lines on the brow may
also be treated as an ‘off label’ indication. Successful treatment may not cause the expression
lines themselves to disappear completely. It may not ‘completely freeze’
the expression, particularly if extreme
effort is exerted to make an expression.
This treatment is
not suitable for lines present without expression (static lines); we will advise you.
It is important you
tell us about any medicines or dietary supplements you are
taking, some medicines can adversely affect the way the toxin works or increase
your risk of bruising.
If you are taking
supplements such as Vitamin A, C or E, Gingko Biloba, garlic, fish oils, St.
Johns Wort or some pain killing medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen, then
these can increase your risk of bruising and it may be advisable to stop taking
them for a few days before your treatment.
It is also advisable that you do not drink alcohol the night before your
treatment, for the same reason.
Make-up will need to
be removed prior to the injections and you will be advised not to reapply it
for 12 hours in order to reduce the risk of infection or irritation at the
Be aware of the
necessary after care advice and that your schedule allows for you to follow it.
You will be advised
to keep the target muscles active for a few hours and to avoid extremes of heat
or cold, vigorous exercise, lying down or leaning over for 4-6 hours.
After treatment it is
expected that you will start to see an improvement within 2 or 3 days. For some
people this takes longer. The full result may be judged at 2-3 weeks. You will
be invited to attend a review appointment at 2-3 weeks where the success of the
treatment may be assessed and adjustments to your personal treatment plan made,
How long will it last?
Results tend to last
3-4 months. Movement
will begin recovering from 2 months.
Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is not
recommended. Repeating treatment when movement recovers will deliver optimum
results over time. Frequency of treatments may be reduced according to the
quality of your skin and your response to treatment.
How much does it cost?
We charge £295 for a course of treatment that includes the whole of the upper part of the face; forehead, frown lines and crow's feet. This will include a review appointment at two weeks when any top up to the treatment will be given, if required.
The initial consultation is free of charge and a deposit of £145 will be required if you wish to go ahead with the treatment.
What do I do next?
If this is of interest to you call us to make a free consultation appointment, or mention it at your next dental appointment.