Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a medicine which temporarily paralyses the muscles into which it is injected. This means that when it is used on the face, it stops the muscular contractions that cause many wrinkles and gives the impression of a smoother, more youthful complexion.
The effects of Botox treatment typically last for between 4 – 8 months.
It is most successful in reducing frown lines in the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Injections can be used in the other areas of the face too, such as around the mouth, but this needs to be done with caution as it can limit the function of some important muscles.
For the majority of patients, Botox is a quick, painless procedure, performed in the clinic. It involves a simple precise injection of the botulinum toxin into the muscle(s) that are involved in the wrinkles. The adverse effects which people worry about are redness, bleeding and loss of facial expression. However, the incidence of this is very rare when you are being treated by a professional surgeon, such as Mr Ali.
Botox can be used either alongside surgical cosmetic treatments, or as a standalone procedure to treat the early signs of aging and rejuvenate the face.
After treatment you can return to work immediately. The full effects of the injections are usually evident after 2 – 3 days.
Dermal fillers are very popular treatments for wrinkles and facial lines. They work by ‘filling out’ the fine lines and wrinkles that form in our skin as it ages.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a natural compound present in all living organisms. When injected into the skin it temporarily smoothes out the wrinkles and folds and can ‘fill out’ areas in the face such as the lips and the cheeks that tend to lose volume as we age. This can help produce a more youthful, fresh faced appearance.
The HA filler is injected directly into the deep layer of skin at the site of the wrinkle, using a very small needle. Alternatively, in certain procedures, such as lip enhancement, it can be injected just underneath the skin’s surface.
Several injections may be needed, depending on which area is being treated and localised discomfort and bruising can occur.
The effects of HA fillers typically last around 9 months.
Alternatively, other fillers such as Polylactic acid (PLLA) (Sculptra) or Calciumhydroxyapatite (Radiesse) may be appropriate for you. This will be discussed during your consultation.