Lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, caused by the regular contraction of facial muscles below the surface of the skin.
A consultation for the treatment of lines and wrinkles will involve a dynamic assessment of the face; analysing the way the muscles are moving and contributing to lines and wrinkles on the skins surface. Where appropriate, various treatments may be recommended.
One such treatment offered at Face Clinic London is Botox® injections.
Frequently Asked Questions
What areas can be treated at Face Clinic London?
The most common areas that are requested for treatment include frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), bunny lines (side of the nose), and smokers lines (lips).
We are also experienced in subtly lifting or reshaping areas of the face, including the brow (to reshape and lift), jaw line (to slim), gummy smile (to lower a top lip and reduce the show of the upper gum), Marionette area (to lift a droopy smile), chin (to reduced dimpled appearance), and the platysmal bands in the neck (to reduce their visibility).
What is Botox®?
Botulinum toxin has been used medically in the UK since 1977, and within the cosmetic industry for around 20 years. It is a purified protein which is injected to temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for causing lines and wrinkles. As the muscles relax, the overlying skin which has been creased tight into fine folds, also relaxes and lines and wrinkles smooth away.
What will the process involve?
Treatment for lines and wrinkles, or recontouring of the face, will always begin with a consultation to determine the correct treatment for you. If Botox® is appropriate, you will have the opportunity to have your treatment on another day, or if you feel fully informed and comfortable to proceed, the treatment can usually be done the same day.
The procedure itself involves only minor discomfort as we use only ultra fine (disposable) needles, and offer numbing cream (although many patients find this unnecessary). The process takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Although mild redness and slight swelling is common immediately after treatment, this usually resolves within 30 minutes. Mild bruising is possible, but for the vast majority of patients, there is no real downtime and most will return to work or their usual daily activities immediately.
Effects begin to show between 3 and 14 days following treatment. We invite our patients back after two weeks to review the results, and make any fine adjustments where necessary. This is considered an integral part of the treatment and does not incur any extra charge.
What aftercare is recommended at home?
We ask that patients avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, excessive heat (such as saunas) and massage of the treated area for 24 hours post treatment. Beyond that, no special precautions need be taken and you can simply look forward to the results of your treatment taking effect.
How long do results last?
Treatment results last an average of 3-4 months, although noticeably longer can be achieved in some cases. It is important to note that Botox® injections to reduce lines and wrinkles or reshape the face is not a permanent solution. Lines, wrinkles and previous facial form will eventually return and further treatments will be required.
When should I start Botox® injections?
People begin to show signs of ageing at different ages. This is largely dictated by genetics and environmental factors. In addition, what might be a concern for one person, might be attractive or even un-noticed by another. As such there is no right answer to this question. What is important is that each individual is assessed on account of their own personal concerns, objectives and medical history. At Face Clinic London we have patients in their twenties through to their eighties. We do not offer treatment to patients under the age of 18.
Is Botox® Safe?
Whilst Botox® used at Face Clinic London has been rigorously tested and has a robust safety record globally, offered to tens of millions of patients over decades; no injectable treatment is without risk. We recommend that you always seek an appropriately trained and highly skilled Medical Professional to administer any injectable treatment. At Face Clinic London, only fully GMC registered, NHS practising and Save Face accredited Doctors carry out our Botox® injections.
Who will perform your treatment?
Treatment with Botox® and other injectable treatments, is still largely unregulated in the UK, allowing for wide variation in the qualifications and experience of practitioners, and the standard of treatment provided to patients.
At Face Clinic London your treatment will always be carried out by a Doctor. Both our Doctors are fully GMC registered, Save Face Accredited, and engage in regular training to remain able, skilled and professional in the treatments they provide. Both our Doctors also work within the NHS and undergo regular appraisal and revalidation.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your Doctor, not only in their ability and knowledge, but also on a personal level. We encourage all our patients to carefully research the practitioner offering them treatment, and only to make an informed decision on proceeding with treatment once they are comfortable with their impression, their experience and their qualifications.