Q. What’s the difference between Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers?
A. Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatments relax the muscle under the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, which have developed as collagen production has depleted.
Dermal Fillers are a temporary volumiser injected into the skin to fill facial lines and wrinkles, enhance lips and create facial contouring (e.g. to the cheeks or nose) and revitalise the skin.
Dermal fillers are used on lines and wrinkles that remain present on the skin even when the muscle underneath is relaxed with treatment.
Dermal Fillers are a fluid form of Hyaluronic Acid, which is a protein found between the cells of all living organisms and is a component of collagen. As we age our body produces less of this acid, which contributes to the ageing process with the appearance of ageing skin.
Q. What is Botox?
A. Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyses muscles. In small doses, such as those used in Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatments, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions. Botox is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for various health issues, including eyelid spasms, excessive sweating, some bladder disorders and migraine. At SkinSpirit it is used to help certain health issues as well as being used for Anti-Wrinkle Injections.
Q. How do Anti-Wrinkle Injectables work?
A. Anti-Wrinkle Injectable treatments work as a shield between the brain and the muscle so that, even if your brain is telling a muscle to move, whether this is on purpose or because of misfiring neurons, the muscle will remain still.
Most Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatments take approximately 15 - 30 minutes. Results can be seen within 3 – 5 days but will reach their maximum at around 10 – 14 days. The treatment results can last approximately 3 – 5 months.
As with most injectable treatments, there are some contraindications that apply to Botox. Your Doctor will discuss this with you before your treatments but you must not have Anti-Wrinkle Injections of any of the following apply:
- You have a skin infection
- You're feeling unwell in any way
- You have a neuromuscular condition such as Myasthenia Gravis
- You’re taking certain medications or receiving certain treatments
- Botox is not permitted if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
Science & Technology
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles that appear as part of the ageing process. It can also be used to treat other conditions from excessive sweating to migraines.
Botox is the commercial and commonly known name and abbreviation for a drug produced from a toxin called Botulinum toxin. It’s a protein, more specifically, a neurotoxin, produced by a bacterium. Botox is used to interact with a neurotransmitter to paralyse or freeze the muscles that create wrinkles or folds.
The body eventually metabolises Botox, so any effects will gradually begin to lessen. Treatment does not cause the wrinkles or fine lines to return any deeper than they were before receiving injections.
Pre & Post Treatment Care
At SkinSpirit your aesthetic Doctor will provide you with full pre- and post-treatment advice and answer any questions you may have.
There are several post-treatment guidelines that we recommend you follow:
Following an Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatment, you must remain upright for at least 4 hours
- Please avoid exercise for 24 hours after treatment
- Please avoid exposure to any excessive heat (such as saunas, sunbeds or steam rooms) for at least 3 days after treatment
- As with all treatments, we recommend you remain well hydrated
- If you have any concerns following your treatment, please contact a member of the SkinSpirit team