What exactly is Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A (BoNT-A ) ?
Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A is a medication injected into the muscles in order to temporarily smooth out lines and wrinkles. It contains a highly purified botulinum-toxin protein and when injected in very small amounts, such as the amount used for cosmetic injections – it is very safe.
Do the injections for anti-wrinkle hurt?
Any injection can have a bit of discomfort, especially if you are stressed, tired, have consumed an excess of alcohol the night before. In addition, female patients at certain times of the month, around the menstruation cycle have proved to be a bit more sensitive. Never the less, it is a quick procedure and a very beneficial treatment, so any discomfort won’t be for long at all. The needles used for anti-wrinkle injections are very thin , so any discomfort is usually minimal.
Do I need to do anything before having anti-wrinkle treatment?
One week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E or fish oil supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Nurse Julie also advises against drinking alcohol 48 hours before as this also can increase the risk of bruising. Nurse Julie also advises to remove all make up before arriving for your treatment.
Will I look “false” or “done” if I have anti-wrinkle treatment?
It is impossible to look fake or false after one anti-wrinkle treatment. When performed properly, in experienced hands, anti- wrinkle treatments provide a very natural look. The main aim of anti-wrinkle treatment is to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and prevent deep wrinkles from developing at rest. Nurse Julie’s work ethos and ethic is “less is more” and in Nurse Julie’s experience, with the age range she treats, most people opt for this.
Does anti-wrinkle treatment give you a shiny forehead?
The reason why you may see someone with a shiny forehead after anti-wrinkle injections is because of “over treatment”. Nurse Julie is renowned for providing her patients with a natural result.
Will I notice the difference right away?
The initial effect of Azzalure® treatment will begin to appear within 2 to 3 days.
How long will my treatment last?
As cosmetic injectables are used to soften the appearance of wrinkles, the result can last up to 3 months and up to 5 months in some patients. With some of Nurse Julie’s regular clients, they have a treatment every 10 months. However, everyone is different. You won’t see a difference right away as it can take up to five days for the injection to really take effect. Expect at least two weeks for the full effect.
Can anti-wrinkle injections take away all my lines?
Anti-wrinkle treatments cannot remove every facial line or wrinkle, because some lines and wrinkles develop for other reasons than just the repetitive dynamic movement and we refer to these lines’ as ‘static lines and wrinkles’. For example, if you have a line that remains with no movement (called a static line), it will be difficult for the anti-wrinkle treatment to completely reduce this.
When the anti-wrinkle treatment results wear off my smile lines, will the lines return overnight?
No, it will be a very gradual process.
Will anyone be able to tell I have had anti-wrinkle treatment once the results start to show?
No, the results of anti-wrinkle treatments should look very natural. An experienced and skilled professional will understand facial aesthetics and anatomy enough to make the treatment look natural. Nurse Julie will customize the injections by considering your facial muscles, the symmetry or asymmetry of your face, and your cosmetic goals. Once the results start to show, you may notice that people will say you look “well” or ask if you have got new make up and some will go further to try and fond out exactly what you have had done! Whether you tell anyone that you have had an anti-wrinkle treatment or not is entirely up to you.
Why do some people look frozen or overtreated after anti-wrinkle injections?
The common stereotype associated with anti-wrinkle injections is that the treatment makes your face look fake or frozen. In most cases, the results should be very natural. There are a number of reasons why some people look false or frozen:
– Over frequency of injections
– The product doesn’t match the patient/isn’t suitable
– Unethical practitioners
– Visiting a number of different practitioners
– The look is appealing to them
– The influence of celebrity culture
– Body dysmorphia
What is the difference between dynamic and static lines?
Dynamic lines and wrinkles form as a result of muscle motion, including the way we express ourselves. When our facial muscles contract, the skin over those muscles stretches to accommodate this movement. Static wrinkles are caused by gravity, the loss of fat and collagen as well as the loss of the skin’s elasticity. These types of wrinkles are visible regardless of any muscle action and are always there, hence the term “static.” It is important to know that dynamic wrinkles eventually become static wrinkles, which is why if you are concerned about the ageing process, it is important to catch these lines early on.
I have a bit of a phobia about needles, what do I do about this as I really would like to have some anti- wrinkle treatments
In Nurse Julie’s experience there is a difference between a fear of needles of and a phobia. Nurse Julie advises to discuss this with her at the consultation.
I am going on holiday /have a big event/wedding how far in advance should I plan for having anti-wrinkle treatment?
Julie does recommend planning ahead when it comes to big events anti-wrinkle treatment, especially if you are new to this treatment. The best thing to do would be to contact Nurse Julie and let her know your plans so she can advise you accordingly.
Can I fly after anti-wrinkle treatment?
There are concerns that the changes in air pressure in an aeroplane cabin can affect the results of anti-wrinkle treatments. Nurse Julie advise her patients to avoid flying for 24-48 hours after treatment.