Anti-ageing treatment – from £160
Our anti-ageing treatments can restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. After treatment, people find that they look fresher and rested. The consultation can take up to an hour, but actual treatment only takes about 10 minutes. If you are not sure about what it is and how it works, contact us.
What areas can be treated?
- Glabella lines (vertical frown lines between the eyebrows).
- Horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face.
- Platysma bands (the neck).
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits).
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a chemical produced by the botulinum bacterial. Botox® is a protein derivative of the toxin, which, when injected to the muscle, causes it to become weakened or inactivated. It stops the muscle from functioning by blocking neuromuscular transmission – i.e. it stops the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle.
How does it work?
By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime, the skin is creased in areas of greatest use. The ageing process causes the slow down of collagen end elastin production in the skin so that as we get older, these areas of over-use become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible), during which time the patient can break the subconscious habit of overusing these muscles. Depending on each individual and the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from a relaxation of the muscles to an inability to move the muscles. For the first couple of years, frequent treatments are required to ‘re-educate’ the facial muscles. Thereafter, treatments would be less frequent until a yearly maintenance treatment is normally all that is required.
How long has Botox® been in use?
As long ago as 1978, Botox® was used as a treatment for patients with eye squints by weakening the over active eye muscle. Since then, it has been used in a variety of therapeutic areas such as spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, multiple sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy, to name but a few. In more recent times the use of Botox® for cosmetic therapy has become more widespread.
Does the treatment hurt?
The needles that are used are tiny so pain is minimal. Some people say that it can be a little uncomfortable, but people are usually pleasantly surprised at how quick and pain free the treatment is.