Here at Amazing Faces we offer two ways to treat wrinkles and fine lines and we can help you to decide which one is right for you. Amazing Faces offers wrinkle-relaxing injections in the form of botulinum toxin A and dermal fillers which help plump the skin. The brands we use are Azzalure® and JuvÃ©derm®. Wrinkles form as our skin gets older and less elastic, and the sun does its fair share of damage too. Here at Amazing Faces, we can administer injectable anti ageing treatments which are a convenient way to smooth out those lines on the forehead, around the eyes and mouth without any need for invasive surgery.
Botox is made from a drug called Botulinum Toxin, it relaxes the muscle to stop lines and wrinkles forming. At Amazing Faces, we target only the small, specific muscles responsible for unwanted lines and wrinkles, meaning your normal facial expressions will remain unaffected. Administered correctly, they can subtly smooth and soften the skin, restoring a youthful complexion.
The brand we use is called Azzalure® which is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, meaning there’s no botulism risk when used properly. The injections work by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles.
Azzalure®, botulinum toxin type A, has been available in the U.K. since the early 1990s and has licences for various indications in 67 countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom and many European markets.
How To Know If You Are A Candidate For Botox
Amazing Faces will provide a detailed treatment plan and consultation free of charge to talk you through the treatment options available. Please be aware of the following information:
We are unable to provide anti-wrinkle treatments if:
- Are allergic to any ingredients in Botox or Botox Cosmetic.
- Are allergic to another botulinum toxin brand (such as Myobloc, Xeomin or Dysport) or had any side effect from these products in the past.
- Have a skin infection or other condition in the injection area.
- Have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects your muscles or nerves.
- Have breathing problems, such as asthma.
- Have difficulty swallowing.
- Have bleeding issues.
- Plan to undergo surgery.
- Have had facial surgery.
- Have weakness in your forehead muscles.
- Have drooping eyelids.
- Are taking or have recently taken certain medications.
- Please bring a list to your consultation of any vitamins, supplements or homeopathic remedies you are taking.
Botox is not expected to travel far enough through the body to affect a fetus or breastfeeding infant. However, for ethical reasons, clinical studies have not been done on expectant or new mothers, so nobody knows for sure.
Therefore, the manufacturer (Allergan) advises that you should not have Botox injections if you are planning or trying to conceive a child, are pregnant, are planning to breastfeed or are currently breastfeeding. It’s better to be safe, and you can always have Botox later on.
How Botox Injections Work?
A wrinkle in the skin is typically formed perpendicular to a contracting muscle located directly beneath it. For example, the muscle in the forehead is a vertical muscle, and when it contracts (such as when you raise your eyebrows), the lines that form (wrinkles) will be horizontal.
Likewise, the two muscles that are responsible for the frown lines are positioned slightly horizontally between the eyebrows, so when they contract, the frown lines appear vertical.
Botox Cosmetic is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and a smoother look results. Without a contracting muscle beneath it, the skin has a difficult time wrinkling.
Facial lines that exist when your face is totally relaxed are not very good candidates for Botox. These lines are better handled by the dermal fillers. Botox can frequently “soften” these lines but not always get rid of them.
Most often treated areas are: the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet
The injections take about 10 minutes, and you should have no downtime afterward.
Normally you would see improvement within a few days. Botox requires two to four days for it to attach to the nerve ending that would normally stimulate the muscle to contract. The maximum effect usually occurs at about 10-14 days. Therefore, whatever effect is obtained two weeks after the injections should be considered the maximum effect that is going to occur.
Is Botox Painful?
Any injection can hurt, but the needles used for Botox injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal. The area can be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream or cold pack 10-20 minutes before the injections are given, so you may not feel much pain, if any.
How Often Should You Get Botox Injections?
You’re probably wondering how long Botox lasts. Most people see effects for three to four months, but several factors may shorten or lengthen that period including, current skincare regime, sun damage & smoking.
Botox Side Effects:
Potential Botox side effects include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction; other allergy symptoms are itching, wheezing, asthma, a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any breathing issues or a faint or dizzy feeling.
You may have heard of other side effects as well, such as numbness, droopy eyelids, muscle spasms or twitching, and migration of the substance. Numbness as an absence of physical sensation is not really an issue with Botox, because Botox is not an anesthetic. Numbness as the result of the inability to move a muscle is an issue for some people. All of your queries will be covered in your initial consultation at Amazing Faces. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed and therefore encourage our clients to bring forward any concerns they have regarding the treatment process.
Please allow 60 minutes for an assessment and application of the topical anesthetic, plus your treatment time. Your medical history will be reviewed prior to undergoing any treatments to check for suitability.
1. Applying anesthetic to the skin topically
2. Cleansing the skin
3. Administering the dermal filler into the skin depression or wrinkle
4. Cleansing the skin
5. You are invited back for a filler review.
Dermal fillers are popular treatments for wrinkles and facial lines. A dermal filler procedure helps to ‘fill out’ and smooth away troublesome:
- Nose to Mouth Grooves
- Forehead Lines
- Frown Furrows
- Lipstick Lines
- Acne Pits
- Crows Feet
Dermal fillers are also effective for increasing fullness to narrow lips, enhancing sunken cheeks and can even be used to contour the bridge of the nose.
Dermal fillers are clear gels which consist of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance found within the skin and are used to plump out deeper lines and wrinkles. The treatment at Amazing Faces involves the injection of the gel directly into wrinkle contours. After treatment, lines and wrinkles are immediately reduced. Results will be seen with immediate effect.
*Results vary from person to person, so having a consultation tailored to your face and your desired results can give you a firm foundation in making a decision on what is right for you.
Is it safe?
Dermal fillers are man-made and so the likelihood of allergic reactions and virtually non-existent. Gone are the days of animal based fillers where a test patch was necessary to test for reactions.
Does it hurt?
We use topical anesthetics that are very effective when applied for the correct length of time. Some dermal fillers also contain a local anesthetic for improved pain relief. You may experience slight bruising, however this is on dependent on the individual.
How long does it take?
You will need to allocate 60 minutes to allow time for both the topical anesthetic, assessment and the treatment itself. Your 2 week review will only take 10 minutes should you need one.