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Introduction

Wrinkles are natural creases or folds in the skin which typically appear as we naturally age. They are also caused as a result of sun damage, smoking, poor hydration and habitual facial expressions. Sadly, wrinkles and having bags under the eyes are practically inevitable but some are preventable and there are many over the counter antiwrinkle creams and treatments available that works to help minimise their appearance.

Avoiding sun exposure and applying high protection sunscreen from an early age are the classic treatments that will help to reduce wrinkling in later life. Anti-Ageing cream or topical cosmeceuticals applied daily will also help reduce wrinkles and lessen further formation.

Botox is a highly effective remedy for treating Dynamic lines (wrinkles caused by muscular activity) and is probably the most well known wrinkle treatment (see below). Injectable dermal fillers, eg. Juvederm, can be also used to add volume and lessen the appearance of wrinkled static lines (click here for link to dermal fillers page). Lastly, chemical peels and dermaroller are very effective in reducing and softening fine lines too.

Wrinkle Reducing Treatment

Botox® is one of the many trade names for botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin has been safely used in the medical profession for many years. Since the 1980’s Botox® has been used successfully in the field of aesthetic/cosmetic medicine. In cosmetic procedures a small amount of diluted botulinum toxin enables deep controlled relaxation of muscles to smooth wrinkles and lines on the face. Botox® can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines over the upper part of the face such as the forehead, the glabella (frown lines between the eyes) and the lines around the outer corner of the eyes (crow’s feet). Botox is also commonly injected around the mouth, lips, neck, hands and eyelids.

Overview

As well as eyelid surgery and forehead lifting (brow lift), botox can best be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the outside of the eyes and between the eyebrows, offering professional remedies for crows feet and wrinkles of the side of the nose sometimes associated with smiling by paralysing certain muscles temporarily. Botox temporarily paralyses the muscle decreasing dynamic lines and used long term will minimise the production of stationary lines.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the risks?

    It is very rare to have an allergic reaction to botox. Occasionally bruising and swelling occur and this may take a week or so to improve.

    Botox may spread to involve muscles of the face that were not intended to be the target, which may result in drooping of the eyelid. This will generally subside within two to three weeks, which Mr Banwell may review.

  • What costs are involved?

    Please contact Mr Banwell's office by phone or email for an immediate quote which also can be arranged to be sent to you. Mr Banwell also offers complimentary assessments with his Aesthetic Nurse Judi Critchard.

  • What happens prior to the procedure?

    Cold packs may used to numb the area prior to the injection of Botox and minimise superficial bruising following treatment.

  • What happens after the procedure?

    Result times vary from patient to patient and can sometimes take up to five days for the paralysis of the muscles to occur and for wrinkles to diminish. Any bruising can be helped with cold packs for a period of 48 hours. 

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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SURGERY TIME
30 - 60 Minutes

HOSPITAL STAY
Out Patients

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
No

Sleeping Position
Sleeping on back recommended.

REASONABLY MOBILE
Immediately

WASHING
Shower after 1 day

DRIVING
Immediate

Excercise including gym
2 Weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Restrictred Activity

FULL RECOVERY
Immediate

TIME OFF WORK
None

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