Stephen McCulley, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon. MBChb, FCS(SA)Plast, FRCS(plast)

Why would I choose to have Injectable Wrinkle Treatment?

Wrinkles are one of the tell tale signs of ageing, and many people choose to disguise these signs by having injectable wrinkle treatment. Wrinkles on the forehead known (also known as frown lines), and those around the eyes, neck and mouth can all be improved with Injectable Wrinkle Treatment. With selective injections, the brow can be made to look higher, fresher and more arched, and it is also possible to change the shape of the eyebrows.

Is Injectable Wrinkle Treatment purely for cosmetic use?

Aside from being a great way of reducing wrinkles, this treatment also offers great benefits for other conditions. It is an excellent form of treatment for excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis) of the armpits, and in some cases it also treats migraines by preventing spasm of the frontal forehead muscles.

What does the procedure involve?

This treatment uses Botulinum Toxin to relax the muscles and improve the appearance of the wrinkles. Very small amounts of Botulinum Toxin are inserted into skin, penetrating the muscles with a very fine needle.

How safe is this procedure?

Botulinum Toxin has been used medically without any safety problems for over 30 years and is a licensed product to use for cosmetic treatments. In Stephen McCulley’s opinion, this is one of the most successful of all of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Does the procedure require anaesthetic?

No, anaesthetic isn’t necessary for this procedure, although sometimes cooling the skin with ice can make the procedure more comfortable.

How do I ensure that the treatment is effective?

To ensure that patients get the best effects from their treatment, it is highly recommended that they do a series of facial exercises to ensure that the product moves fully into the muscle for maximum effectiveness.

When will I see the full effects of the treatment?

It takes 3-7 days for the treatment to start working and the full effects of the procedure will develop within two weeks.

How long do the effects of the treatment last for?

The effects will last for around 4-6 months. This may be slightly less the first time you have the injections, however the effects will last longer on subsequent injections as the body adapts to the treatment.

Can I take any other medication at the time of the treatment?

During the consultation a full medical history will be taken, and any medication can be discussed at this time. Prior to the treatment, and for three days following, patients should not take any over the counter medicines or herbal remedies. It is also advisable to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and Voltarol based tablets. It is also helpful for patients to bring a list of any prescribed medications to their pre-op assessment.

Will I need to take time off work to recover?

It is not necessary to take any time off work, as the procedure doesn’t require any specific recovery time.

Do I need to take any special precautions around the time of the treatment?

Patients are advised to avoid alcohol, sleeping and wearing any tight-fitting headwear before and immediately after treatment, to prevent any further bruising or movement of the product.

Can I exercise following the treatment?

It is advisable to avoid carrying out any strenuous exercise on the day of treatment, however it is fine to resume exercise as normal in the days thereafter.

Can I drive following the treatment?

Patient’s ability to drive will not be affected by this procedure.

What are the risks associated with this procedure?

This is a routine procedure that achieves highly successful results for the vast majority of patients. However, as with any medical procedure, it is essential that you understand the risks involved

The potential complications are listed below, most of which would only occur if the product was to be injected into the wrong place.

Ptosis (Droop of eyelid or eyebrow): To avoid the possibility of this occurring, Stephen McCulley doesn’t inject the sensitive eyelid area, which could potentially paralyse the muscles that elevate it. He also avoids injecting too much product into the forehead, preventing it from becoming paralysed and therefore affecting the position of the eyebrows.

Asymmetry: Although, the same injection will be performed on both sides of the face, there is a small chance that one side can take a greater effect compared to the other.

Bruising: It is not uncommon for localised bruising to occur, however any bruising is likely to be minor and short lived.

Allergic reactions: It is exceptionally rare that patients experience any allergic reaction to the treatment, however it still poses a potential risk.

If you experience any side-effects that you are concerned about please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How much does Injectable Wrinkle Treatment cost?

Injectable Wrinkle Treatment costs from £195 depending on the area treated.

Frown lines: £195

Frown and forehead: £275

Frown, forehead and eyes: £375

Migraine: £425

Sweating treatments: £500