Anti-wrinkle injections

Botulinum Toxin A injections for lines and wrinkles.

How does it work?

Botulinum Toxin A (Botox®) injections are a reversible way of improving the appearance of wrinkles that appear on the face during facial expression.

Botulinum Toxin is produced by bacteria which, when used in small therapeutic doses, blocks the signal from nerves to muscle and prevents the injected muscle from contracting.

Before and After

What does it treat?

Botox® is commonly used to treat forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet, smokers lines (lines that appear around the mouth), skin bands around the neck and bunny lines (lines in the nose). Botox® can also be used to treat excessive sweating by injecting into the skin of the affected area e.g. armpits.

There are many different brands of Botulinum Toxin A on the market. At the Wessex Skin clinic we only use Botox® as we consider it the most superior toxin on the market, with over 30 years of research and evidence behind it.

The benefits

  • Botulinum toxin is not permanent, it lasts approximately 4-6 months.
  • Side effects are minimal in experienced hands and are relatively short lived.
  • Research suggests that Botox® lasts longer than other forms of botulinum toxin.
  • Botox® has more evidence to support its use in cosmetic medicine than other brands.

Alternative and Combination treatments

Frown lines

Who will it benefit?

  • Anyone who has frown lines.
  • Anyone who has developed a habit of frowning unintentionally.
  • Anyone who wishes to raise their eyebrows a few millimetres.

How does it work?

It weakens the muscles that pull the eyebrows inwards and downwards into a frown. This softens the frown, permits the eyebrows to move upwards and outwards and allows the frown lines to heal.

The benefits

  • The frown lines heal.
  • The upper half of the face opens up into a more youthful appearance.
  • People will often treat you more kindly.

Treatment at Wessex Skin

  • We operate on a ‘see and treat’ basis, saving you time and money.
  • You will be treated by Dr Catherine Fairris, who has many years of experience
Horizontal forehead lines

Who will it benefit?

  • Most people with horizontal forehead lines.
  • Anyone with a habit of unintentionally raising their eyebrows.

Who will not benefit?

  • Anyone who uses the muscles on their forehead to keep their eyebrows raised.
  • To find out if you are one of these people, depress you eyebrow half a centimeter with your finger. If it pings back up when you let go, your forehead lines need treating with filler and not botulinum toxin.

How does it work?

It weakens the muscles that lift the eyebrows and wrinkle the forehead.

The benefits

  • The forehead lines heal.
  • The upper half of the face looks more youthful.
  • You will communicate more effectively.

Treatment at Wessex Skin

  • We operate on a ‘see and treat’ basis, saving you time and money.
  • You will be treated by Dr Catherine Fairris, who has many years of experience
Lines around the eyes (Crow’s feet)

Who will benefit?

  • People with lines around the eyes.
  • Anyone with a habit of unintentionally squinting.

How does it work?

It weakens the muscles that are used during squinting.

The benefits

  • The upper half acquires a more open, youthful, receptive appearance.

Treatment at Wessex Skin

  • We operate on a ‘see and treat’ basis, saving you time and money.
  • You will be treated by Dr Catherine Fairris, who has many years of experience

More information about Botulinum Toxin A

Where it works best

  • Lines: frown, forehead, around the eyes and on the nose
  • Eyebrow elevation
  • Underarm sweating

Works well with

  • Lines around the mouth that appear on movement
  • Tooth-grinding

How does Botulinum toxin work?

  • Muscles insert into the skin overlying them, when they contract, they cause the skin to crease, which in turn creates lines and wrinkles.
  • Injecting botulinum toxin into specific muscle groups causes relaxation of these muscles resulting in a visible reduction in the lines and wrinkles of the overlying skin.
  • With time, the skin can repair itself and the lines and wrinkles may gradually fade.

Which types of Botulinum toxin work best?

  • Botox® and Vistabel® are the “gold standard” products and are the same molecule. It is the best researched, lasts the longest and can be placed the most accurately and so should produce the most natural-looking results.
  • Dysport® is a bigger molecule and less easy to place accurately. However, it is cheaper and so you should get a price reduction if the practitioner is using it as a Botox® substitute.
  • Xeomin® worked as well in clinical trials carried out at the Wessex Skin Clinic but, we know less about this product.

Is Botulinum toxin safe?

  • Yes. It is so safe that doses several times larger than the cosmetic dose are used to treat children with cerebral palsy.
  • Long-term cosmetic use, over ten years, has also been shown to be safe and produce no lasting side-effects.
  • More than 20 million people have had botulinum toxin since 2002.

Does treatment hurt?

  • Botulinum toxin is administered by injection and treatment involves several tiny pin-pricks that sting or tingle for about a second.

How should I prepare for Botulinum toxin treatment?

  • No specific preparation is needed.

How will I look immediately after treatment?

  • The injections cause small bumps in the skin that settle within an hour or so.
  • Very occasionally, a small bruise may develop at an injection site.

Is there any important aftercare?

  • No.
  • You can return to work and normal daily activities immediately after treatment but avoid exercise, alcohol, or massaging the treated area for 3 hours after treatment.

How soon after the treatment will I notice an improvement?

  • Botulinum toxin starts working 2-7 days after treatment and takes full effect by day 14.
  • After that you will notice the lines and wrinkles fading in the areas that have been treated.
  • It works more quickly on the forehead than the frown lines.

How long does Botulinum toxin last?

  • If you delay repeat treatment for more than every 4 months, people will notice that your facial expressions vary.
  • However, if your skin is healthy, it may take 6 months or more before the lines come back.

Does treatment produce any side-effects?

All side-effects are temporary.

  • A small bruise at one or more of the injection sites
  • Tenting of one eyebrow, that can be simply corrected
  • Treatment of forehead lines can cause the eyelids to descend a millimetre or two
  • Rarely: drooping of one eyelid
  • Rarely: patchy numbness on the forehead or headaches. (Although most people find that botulinum toxin injections help their headaches.)

Who should not have botulinum toxin injections?

  • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • If you have an allergy to albumin
  • If you have Myaesthenia gravis
  • If you are taking some types of antibiotics
Dr Catherine Fairris is warm and welcoming with expertise and compassion, and will talk you through your needs with  professionalism and honesty.
If you are looking for somewhere where you will be treated like a friend with a personal, caring service and be introduced to products and services tailored to you, then look no further.
I would thoroughly recommend.

Why Choose Wessex Skin?

Free consultations

With no obligation to proceed to treatment.

Natural-looking results

Your treatment will be carried out by Dr Catherine Fairris who has extensive experience using BOTOX®.

Combination treatment

You may require a combination of BOTOX® and dermal filler to achieve your desired outcome.

Experienced Doctor

All treatments are delivered by a highly qualified and experienced aesthetic doctor

Discretion assured

We have a discrete reception area with private entrance.

Convenient access

On-site parking and close to J10 of the M3.

Are you interested?

Why not contact us to book your complimentary appointment with Dr Catherine Fairris for a personalized treatment plan?

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