Botulinum toxin type A is a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, originally developed in the 1970’s as a treatment for belpharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (crossed eyes), it slowly gathered momentum in the cosmetics industry. In 2006 it was approved by the MHRA in the UK and is still one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetics treatments available today.
Botulinum toxin type A temporarily blocks the chemical responsible for muscle movements. It takes 3-5 days to take effect with the full results expected after 2 weeks.
On average it takes 3 months for the effects to wear off and your facial muscles to begin to regain full function.
It takes around 10 minutes to perform and involves only minor discomfort as the needles used are so small and fine. No anaesthetic is required.
When administered by a trained clinician it is safe. The common side effects are related to the use of needles such as redness, bruising and swelling. Some patients report experiencing mild headaches shortly after treatment.
Dermal fillers are a gel made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar present in our skin. It is injected beneath the skin to reduce the depth of wrinkles present on the surface.
Most wrinkles below the nose are treatable, this includes naso labial folds (Nose to mouth lines), smokers lines (vertical lines around lips) and marionette lines (corners of the mouth). Lips can also be safely plumped with the use of dermal fillers.
Results are instantaneous with dermal fillers and depending on the area treated can last 3 – 12 months.
When used by a trained clinician dermal fillers are safe and have very low complication rates. Common side effects are those related to injections – bruising, redness and swelling at the injection site for a few days after treatment.
Some more severe adverse reactions include allergic reaction, granulomas
(nodules), necrosis and excessive swelling but these are extremely rare.
Dr. Liam Wilson. Graduated from University of Manchester in 2014 with aBachelor of Dental Surgery degree. In 2015 he completed further training in facial aesthetics and has been practicing regularly since then. Liam takes great care in listening to your particular desires and
expectations which he believes are highly important in delivering a personalised treatment, specific to you.