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

Not only can injectable wrinkle treatment combat the signs of aging, it can also treat excessive sweating

Why Choose To Have Injectable Wrinkle Treatment?
Wrinkles on the forehead known as ‘frown lines’, as well as around the eyes, neck and mouth can all be improved with having an  Injectable Wrinkle Treatment. It is possible to not only reduce the wrinkles but change the shape of the eyebrows. With selective injections the brow can be made to look higher, fresher and more arched.

This treatment uses Botulinum Toxin to relax the muscles and improve the appearance of the wrinkles. Botulinum Toxin has been used medically without any safety problems for over 30 years and is a licensed product to use for cosmetic treatments.

This is also an excellent form of treatment for excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis) of the armpits. In some cases it also seems to treat migraines well by preventing spasm of the frontal forehead muscles.

Procedure In Brief
This procedure can be very effective and in Stephen McCulley’s opinion, is one of the most successful of all of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Very small amounts of Botulinum Toxin is inserted into skin penetrating the muscles. No anaesthetic is used, but sometimes the skin is cooled with ice.

After treatments patients are instructed to do some exercises to ensure the product moves fully into the muscle for maximum effectiveness. It takes 3-7 days to start working and lasts for 4-6 months. This may be slightly less on the first injections and longer on subsequent injections.

Medicines
A full medical history will be obtained before any surgery. As a precaution, do not take any over the counter medicines or herbal remedies prior to surgery or for 3 days following. Also avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and Voltarol based tablets. It would be useful to bring a list of any prescribed medications to your pre-op assessment.


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Recovering from Injectable Wrinkle Treatment

Recovery
The skin around the injected area may be a little red for the first few hours after treatment. It is possible to have some very small bruises. Stephen McCulley advises all patients to exercise the area of muscle that has been treated every five minutes for the first hour to help the product move into the muscle.

Time Off Work And Socialising
No time off work will needed after the day of 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.

Time To Exercise
Patients should avoid carrying out any strenuous exercise on the day of treatment, but should be fine thereafter.

Driving
Patients ability to drive will not be affected by this procedure.

Final Outcome
The results will be visible from 3-7 days, and should be fully effective at 2 weeks.

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Potential Complications With Injectable Wrinkle Treatment

This is a routine procedure that is a great success for the vast majority of patients. However, as with any procedure, it is very important you understand what can go wrong as well as right. The potential complications are listed below, most of which would only occur if the product was to be injected into the wrong place.

  • Droop (Ptosis)of eyelid or eyebrow: Stephen McCulley avoids the possibility of this occurring by avoiding injecting the sensitive eyelid area, which could paralyse the muscles that elevate it. Stephen McCulley also avoids injecting too much product into the forehead, preventing it from becoming paralysed and therefore affecting the position of the eyebrow.
  • Small degrees of asymmetry: The same injection will be performed on both sides of the face. However, there is a small chance of a greater effect on one side compared to the other.
  • Bruising: Any bruising will be minor.
  • Allergic reactions: Exceptionally rare.
  • If you experience any side-effects that you are concerned about please don't hesitate to contact us.

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What do Injectable Wrinkle Treatment cost?

Injectable Wrinkle Treatment from £195 depending on the area treated Frown lines £195, Frown and forehead £275, Frown Forehead and eyes £375, Migraine £425, Sweating treatments £500

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you'd like to see more then please view our frequently asked questions on Non Surgical Procedures!

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