Facial wrinkles can be successfully treated with a protein called Botulinum toxin (Botox®). In cosmetic use the small amount of toxin required is extremely safe to use. The effect the Botox® has is a reversible relaxation the muscles responsible for creating facial lines and wrinkles when you smile, frown or raise your eyebrows. By relaxing these muscles, the lines/wrinkles cannot be formed and so the face remains smooth, fresh and youthful.
The effect of Botox® varies in length of time from patient to patient also depends on the strength/deepness of the wrinkles to begin with, but in general it lasts somewhere between 3-6 months, after which time the muscles will gradually become fully functional again. There is no long-term negative effects and the procedure can be repeated in the same muscles without causing any damage.
There are 3 main facial areas which are treated with Botox®:
Glabellar lines – vertical lines between the eyebrows which are often lined when frowning.
Horizontal forehead lines – which appear in horizontal rows on the forehead when raising your eyebrows
Crows Feet – wrinkles that appear around the eyes when smiling.
The result we aim to achieve is a natural look that makes the face appear fresh and youthful, our philosophy is that often less is more!
We see patients for free consultations to see if they are suitable for treatment and to discuss treatment options.
How can Botox® help?
Botox® is a muscle relaxing medicine which is injected into the facial muscles to relax them and smooth wrinkles which form when you frown. The very highly regarded brand of Botox® we use here at Olsens is called ‘Boucouture’.
What is Bocouture?
The active ingredient in Bocouture is Botulinum toxin type A which has been medically used for more than 20 years, for cosmetic treatment the tiny amount of toxin required is extremely safe to use.
After injecting, it blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract when we frown. Treatment for Boucouture is fully reversible as the effects will wear off completely after approximately 3-6 months and the muscles regain their full activity with no permanent damage or weakening.
What happens during the consultation?
During your initial consultation, we will ask you about your medical history, whether you are currently taking any medications and whether you have had any facial treatments in the past.
You may also be asked about your expectation of the treatment results. The possibility of unwanted side effects will be discussed and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions and advised to read this information thoroughly in your own time before you embark upon your treatment.
How is treatment carried out?
After studying your frown lines, the facial areas due for treatment will be wiped with a sterile wipe, and Boucouture will be injected with a very fine needle into the chosen facial sites requiring the treatment. The injections should not cause much discomfort. The treatment usually tales around 15 minutes to perform.
When will I see the results?
People can respond differently to treatment, some people may start to see an effect after just two or three days whilst for others it can take longer. It takes a maximum of 14 days to see the full effect. The effect of Boucouture lasts three or four months after the treatment and subsequent future treatments can be carried out as often as you desire with a minimum of 3 months in between treatments.
What unwanted results could occur?
As with all medicines, Boucouture may cause some unwanted results in some people, whivh if they do occur it is usually within the first week after treatment and are temporary. The most common unwanted results are of short duration and usually realted to the injection such as pain, redness, bruising or swelling. You may also experience headache, elevation of eyebrow or a sensation of heaviness. You should contact us if you have any concerns regarding these or any other possible unwanted side effects.
Although the risk is very low as Bocouture is very low allergen, it possible that some people could have an allergic reaction such as developing a rash, again, please contact us immediately in the unlikely event of this occurring.
To book your appointment please call 0207 372 9972 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org