If you’re someone who is experiencing the first or even more advanced signs of ageing, you’ll be well aware that fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of this process. However, it doesn’t mean that we have to put up with them and caught early enough, further wrinkles can be avoided. The wrinkles we are talking about, when we talk about Botox® treatments (anti-wrinkle injections as they are commonly termed) are those annoying forehead lines, laughter lines, Glabellar lines and bunny lines we see, when we create expressions such as smiling, frowning, concentrating and squinting. Botox® (a brand name for a substance called Botulinum Toxin Type A) is an extremely popular injectable treatment, which temporarily smooths expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. It’s been widely used in medicine for many years and is one of the most effective treatments in the vast armoury of Dr Dan Dhunna. From his clinics in London and the Midlands, Dr Dan Dhunna has worked miracles with Botox® and not just for treating wrinkles, but for their future prevention as well!
What is Botox®?
Botox® is one of the world’s most potent substances. It was discovered when a group of people ate sausages that had gone bad and they became ill (can you believe). This was a very long time ago however, and since the 1950s, Botulinum Toxin has been used successfully and safely in the treatment of eye problems, muscle spasms, bladder issues and migraines. It was discovered that Botox® can temporarily smooth lines and wrinkles, when it was being used for strabismus (crossed eyes) in the 1970s. In 2002 Botox® was licensed for use for dynamic lines and wrinkles and is now a prescribed medicine for this use. It’s worth taking in to account, that Botox® can only legally be used by a fully-qualified medical professional, such as Dr Dan Dhunna and in the hands of a non-medic can be dangerous, so always enlist a medic for your injectable treatments for both safety and efficacy.
How does Botox® work on wrinkles?
Botox® reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and expression lines, by temporarily disabling the facial muscles, which cause these wrinkles. Botox® does this by directly blocking the facial nerves, which communicate to your muscles, telling them to contract. Once the Botox® has taken effect (from 48 hours to 2 weeks post-procedure), the muscles are essentially, paralyzed, which leads to the reduction of the wrinkles caused by facial movement. Botox® can be used in the upper face, as well as areas such as the wrinkles around your mouth, a gummy smile, neck lines and the lines down the sides of the nose. Deeper creases caused by the loss of skin elasticity as we age, may or may not be affected by Botox®. In cases where Botox® is not suitable for these deep creases, alternative treatments such as dermal fillers might be a better solution. Botox® is not reversable once it has been injected but does leave the body quickly, leaving only the facial results behind. Over time (usually between 4 and 6 months), the effects of the Botox® treatment will wear off, and this is when you will need to return to Dr Dan Dhunna for another treatment. In general, we recommend that a twice-annual treatment with Botox® is sufficient, and will not treat a patient with Botox® more than 3 times in any 12 month period.
How does Botox® prevent future wrinkles?
If you are someone who undergoes Botox® injections regularly and are younger in age, you will probably find that Botox® can actually prevent some future wrinkles from ever appearing (or they may not appear as soon as if you had not had Botox®). This is because, in the period when the facial muscles are paralyzed by the substance, they are not moving so dynamically, to create further lines, so Botox® can actually future-proof your face! However, it’s worth understanding that facial ageing will always progress at some sort of rate and Botox® cannot replace lost collagen, elastin or hyaluronic acid, or maintain skin health as such. These are jobs for dermal fillers, skin boosters and dermal peels.
Am I suitable for Botox® with Dr Dan Dhunna?
Most people from the age of 18 can benefit from some form of Botox® treatment, whether it’s a full dose or a treatment such as Baby Botox®, where smaller doses are used for younger patients. However, before a treatment can be agreed with Dr Dan Dhunna, we ask that you attend a no obligation consultation at one of his clinics in London or the Midlands, so that he can discuss with you, your facial concerns, what bothers you about your wrinkles and to also check your medical history. A medical history check will help Dr Dan Dhunna understand your general health and whether there may be any contraindications which could affect your treatment. If all is well and the doctor feels that Botox® will be an effective and safe solution for you, you can go ahead and book your treatment appointment.
When administered by a fully-qualified medical professional, Botox® can produce astounding results for patients from 18 to 80! If you are looking to freshen a tired-looking appearance and to smooth those unwanted expression lines, simply contact us to book your initial meeting with Dr Dan Dhunna, to see if Botox® might be the skin saviour you’re seeking!