Anti-Wrinkle Injections

A woman receiving anti-wrinkle injections from Natural Face Aesthetics in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Here at Natural Face Aesthetics in Malmesbury, Wiltshire believe in a less is more approach to Botox treatments. Botulinum toxin Type A or Botox as it’s most commonly referred to,  has been used in medicine for many years, it is a well-researched drug and considered very safe. It has been used in cosmetic treatments for more than 25 years now and it is extremely rare for serious side effects to occur. It works by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, resulting in a dramatically smoother, younger looking appearance. Anti-Wrinkle injections are not just for line correction they are ideal for line prevention.

Botox  is also licensed in the UK for treating excessive underarm sweating/hyperhidrosis. Small doses are injected superficially under the arm to block the nerve supply to the sweat glands. This is not a cure but it does provide temporary relief and needs to be repeated every 5-6months for maximum effect. It is advisable that you consult with your GP prior to making an appointment to exclude any other known reasons you should not undergo this treatment.

​Our most popular Anti-Wrinkle treatments are:

  • Frown Lines
  • Forehead Lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Bunny/Nose Lines
  • Smokers Lines
  • Sad Mouth
  • Pebble Chin
  • Underarm Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Jaw Grinding (Masseter Muscle)

Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections safe?

In the right hands Botox or Anti-Wrinkle Injections are very safe and effective. One rare side effect that can happen as a result of a Botox® treatment is a ptosis. This means a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. Even if this occurs, it can usually be rectified and in cases where it can’t, the duration of effect of the product means that the effect is not permanent and only lasts a few weeks. Occasionally a headache may occur after treatment but this is temporary and rare. As Botox® involves needles there is also a risk of some minor bruising or redness at the injection site.

​What’s involved?

Botulinum Type A is a PAO (prescription only medication) so you will need to have a thorough medical consultation and also a prescription from a medical professional prior to your first treatment. The actual procedure takes between 10-20 minutes and it’s generally considered not painful as the needles used are very fine.

We DO NOT recommend that you have Botox® if;

  • You have any muscle weakness disorders, such as myasthenia gravis
  • You have a known history of hypersensitivity /allergic reactions to any ingredient in Botox®
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding

FAQs – Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Is there any down time?
You can return to work or normal duties straight away. Some small bumps may be present initially but these subside with 30minutes or so. There is always a risk of some minor bruising at the site due to the of a needle. We always recommend planning ahead in terms of timings for Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatments – especially in terms of a special event. At least 4 weeks prior to allow for any tweaking or top ups.
Botox Aftercare (within the first 6 hours)
  • Gently exercise the treatment areas by frowning, smiling, squinting and lifting the eyebrows occasionally – this will optimise your result
  • Do not rub or massage the treatment areas – this may increase the risk of complications by spreading the product
  • Avoid alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for 24 hours which can increase the risk of bruising and swelling
  • Avoid lying flat or bending down excessively
  • Avoid very strenuous physical activity
How long will it take?
Usually 15-30minutes
Can I fly after treatment?
Yes – after 12 hours
Can I go to the gym after treatment?
No – we recommend 24hrs
Can I drink alcohol after treatment?
No – it’s recommended you wait 12hrs
Does it hurt?
Some patients may experience a mild stinging or burning sensation.
How long will the effects last?
Treatments result last between 3-5 months, depending on a variety of factors such as area injected, degree of correction, age, skin type and lifestyle.