Wrinkle Reduction » Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Do you want to soften lines and wrinkles without looking unnatural?
Dr Lina Kotecha places anti wrinkle reduction injections to avoid this unnatural look and does so by not over-treating and so maintaining some natural looking movement whilst still softening lines.
- Frown Lines
- Forehead Lines
- Laughter Lines/Crow's Feet
- Gummy Smiles
- Lines around the Mouth
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Thousands of men and women receive wrinkle reduction injections every year and is the UK's most popular cosmetic treatment for the removal of wrinkles. Combining a quick procedure with undeniable results that relaxes the muscles of facial expression, wrinkles are made less visible; resulting in a more natural and rejuvenated look.
Please note, wrinkle softening treatment is licensed for reduction of frown lines and lines around the eyes only. A detailed examination will be carried out before any treatment is provided
Wrinkle reduction injections can be used for:
- for anti-ageing treatments – to soften lines and wrinkles
- for brow and jowl lifting
- to help with teeth clenching and grinding
- to relax the upper lip in the case of a high smile line ('gummy smile')
- to reduce fine lines (smoker's lines) around the mouth
- in cases of excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- to slim the lower face
- in conjunction with dermal fillers for a non-surgical face lift
Summary Of Your Treatment
It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, thus softening lines and wrinkles. It also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.
The treatment involves injecting small quantities of Botulinum toxin into the muscles which are causing your lines/wrinkles. The injection process itself will only take several minutes. The product used by Dr Lina Kotecha at Smile Essential Dental Practice is Azzalure® (Galderma) which is one of the few FDA approved botulinum toxins on the market. It has been adapted from Dysport® which has a 20-year long history of product consistency and safety.
It usually takes two weeks for the effects of Botulinum toxin to be fully appreciated, but you will notice the first changes after four to five days. The effects usually last three to four months depending on your response, but following repeat treatments the effects may last for longer. It is not immediately reversible but always gradually wears off.
The treatment performed by Dr. Lina Kotecha consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort to the targeted muscles causing them to relax. There may be a small amount of swelling and redness in the injection sites afterwards but this generally settles very quickly.
Botulinum toxin has had a bad reputation in the past for producing the 'frozen face' look. Dr Lina Kotecha is very keen to avoid this unnatural look and does so by not over-treating and so maintaining some natural looking movement whilst softening lines. The beauty of wrinkle reduction injections is that it shouldn't be obvious to people that you have had treatment – only that you look rested and fresh.
You should not have this treatment if:
- The injection site is infected
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis).
Full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face to face consultation.
Please note: Any botulinum toxin procedure will only be undertaken after your face to face consultation with Dr. Lina Kotecha during which a full assessment will be carried out and a full list of cautions and contraindications discussed.
Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.
Yes, as long as you are medically suitable, it is extremely safe.
You may have redness and swelling for 1-2 hours after the treatment. You can carry on with your day as normal, although we advise that you avoid strenuous activity/saunas/other facial treatments for up to 24 hours.
- Refrain from touching , rubbing or massaging the filled area for six hours after your treatment is complete
- Avoid exposing the treated area to extremely high or low temperatures
- Be careful whilst washing the treated area of your face