At Appearance Based Medicine, we carry out a wide variety of non-surgical medical procedures, from skin rejuvenating treatments to micro sclerotherapy (for the treatment of thread veins). Of all the treatments that we offer, Wrinkle Relaxing Injection treatments using Botox® or Bocouture® are perhaps the most well-known, although they also appear to have the greatest stigma attached to them.
As an Independent Nurse Prescriber and Advanced Procedure Aesthetic Nurse, with over 10 years of experience as an Advanced Techniques Trainer in Botulinum toxin treatments (such as Botox®), I feel that I have the knowledge and experience required to dispel some of the popular myths and misunderstandings concerning Wrinkle Relaxing Injections which – although they do have certain risks associated with their use – have proven to be an extremely popular and successful treatment option for many people.
Who can administer Prescription-Only medications?
The first important factor to consider about Wrinkle Relaxing Injections(such as Botox®) is that they are prescription-only medications, therefore can only be prescribed for use following consultation with a medical professional – either a Doctor or a fully qualified Nurse Prescriber. At Appearance Based Medicine, I will only prescribe Wrinkle Relaxing Injection Treatments following a detailed one-to-one consultation with the patient, at which point I will know whether it is an appropriate treatment option given the patient’s unique requirements.
How does Botox® or Bocouture® work?
One common question I am asked about Wrinkle Relaxing Injections is: what do they actually do? Wrinkle Relaxing Injections, like Botox® and Bocouture®, work to block the electrical signals between the nerves and certain muscles in the face that create deep and pronounced facial wrinkles (like crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, etc.), rather than act as a ‘filler’. At Appearance Based Medicine, we strive to enhance natural beauty rather than to create a false, unnatural look, therefore we recognise that it is important to keep some movement and character in the face and we use Wrinkle Relaxing Injections to soften and smooth lines and wrinkles rather than ‘freeze’ the features.
How long do Botox® and Bocouture® last?
In the majority of patients, the effects of these injections tend to last for 3-6 months and research suggests that nearly 90% of people who undertake this treatment return for further treatments in the future – a sure sign that not all the ‘horror stories’ you read in the Media about wrinkle relaxing treatments can be true!
What discomfort will I feel?
Many Patients considering Wrinkle Relaxing Injections want, understandably, to know about any discomfort the treatment causes, and about the potential side effects of treatment. At Appearance Based Medicine, we ensure that all patients receive comprehensive treatment notes prior to undertaking their treatment – these give clear advice and guidance on preparing for a treatment and about aftercare, and list potential side effects to look out for as well as giving patients my contact number in case they have any concerns about this. I am also honest with patients about discomfort – Wrinkle Relaxing Injections are, by definition, injections, and not everyone is comfortable with needles! However, the disposable needles that I use for this treatment are exceptionally fine, and I can use a topical anaesthetic if required. In terms of side-effects, there is the risk of some slight bruising around the injection sites, as well as the possibility (in 1-10% of all patients undergoing this treatment) of patients experiencing mild headaches, mild muscle activity disorders, or a temporary feeling of heaviness in the upper face in the days immediately following a treatment. A list of further but significantly less common side effects can be found in the FAQ’s section of my website
Is my Cosmetic Practitioner qualified and safe?
One thing that I urge all people thinking about Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments to consider is to ensure their Cosmetic Practitioner is fully qualified and experienced in this field. The face is a very delicate area to work on and it is not until expressions are restricted that patients realise how much they rely on their facial expressions to communicate non-verbally. Untrained practitioners can not only cause physical damage with inappropriate treatment techniques, but could give your self-confidence a ‘knock’ too by targeting the wrong areas – 3-6 months is a long time to wait for the injections to wear off if you are unhappy with an unnatural and frozen-faced appearance! The key with Wrinkle Relaxing Injection Treatments is to be subtle and to enhance your natural beauty with careful and considered treatment – exactly what we strive to do every time here at Appearance Based Medicine.
Click here to see an article where heat maps are used to show the effectiveness of Botox in reducing wrinkles.