Chris Harris completed his facial aesthetics foundation training in November 2014 in Harley Street, Central London. He is qualified to provide muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers for the face and lips.He is an accredited practitioner with the Save Face organisation-Save Face is a Professional Standards Authority accredited register for non-surgical facial aesthetic clinicians and is the only one recognised by the Government, The Department of Health and NHS England. The practice has been inspected and approved by the same organisation.
What is Botulinum Toxin? Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein. In a purified form, as is the case with many drugs/medications such as Penicillin, Botulinum toxin is a very safe, effective treatment not only used in cosmetic clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including migraine.
All botulinum toxins are prescription only medicines (POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists and nurses with the prescribing qualification, following a face to face assessment and consultation with the qualified prescriber. Botox® is a licensed brand of Botulinum toxin A. Other licensed brands include Azzalure® and Bocouture®
How does it work and does it hurt? The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle stays in a resting state for a period of 8 to 12 weeks on average. A very fine needle is used and generally this treatment is not described by most as painful and can be well tolerated with no anaesthetic.
Used to treat The aim of the licensed treatment is to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles causing expression lines (dynamic lines) specifically the frown and crow’s feet. Successful treatment may not cause the expression lines themselves to disappear completely. It may not ‘completely freeze’ the expression, particularly if extreme effort is exerted to make an expression.
Botulinum toxin is not suitable for lines present without expression (static lines), your practitioner will advise you.
Before treatment It is important you tell your practitioner about any medicines or dietary supplements you are taking- some medicines can adversely affect the way the toxin works or increase your risk of bruising.
Be aware of the necessary after care advice and that your schedule allows for you to follow it.
How Long will it Last?
Results tend to last 4-6 months. Movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is not recommended. Repeating treatment when movement recovers will deliver optimum results over time. Frequency of treatments may be reduced according to the quality of your skin and your response to treatment. Should you experience any unexpected side effects or any that concern you, please contact the clinic.
You will be advised to keep the target muscles active for a few hours and to avoid extremes of heat or cold, vigorous exercise, lying down or leaning over for 4-6 hours. After treatment it is expected that you will start to see an improvement within 2 or 3 days. For some people this takes longer. The full result may be judged at 2-3 weeks. You may be invited to attend a review appointment at 2-3 weeks where the success of the treatment may be assessed and adjustments to your personal treatment plan made, if necessary.
Most people are able to continue with normal activities with immediate improvement in their appearance. Some will have some redness, pin prick marks, possibly swelling- particularly in the lips. Possibly bruising. Any swelling and bruising may be more apparent the next day. Make-up should not be worn for 12 hours. You are advised to avoid aspirin, alcohol, vigorous exercise, sun bathing, and extremes of heat or cold (such as saunas) for 24 hours post-treatment. These activities have been found to increase and prolong swelling. Swelling may worsen in the first 24 hours, and then should settle within the first few days. Cold packs can be helpful in reducing swelling. As a consequence of swelling, the product may feel harder or lumpy and you may notice some asymmetry. The final result may be judged at 2 weeks.
Please contact your practitioner if redness, tenderness, itching or swelling worsens after 3 days, rather than settling. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.
What are dermal fillers?
As our skin ages, it also gradually loses some of its collagen and fat. Dermal fillers can help to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance by plumping it up and making it look firmer.
Radiesse dermal fillers are used to fill out lines around the lips, the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth and smile lines on the cheeks. They can also help to add volume to sunken cheeks, weak chins or noses and even rejuvenate your hands.
How long does it last?
A Radiesse correction lasts 12 months or longer in many patients. Individual results may vary and can be affected by age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity. Longevity can also differ per treatment area.
Claudia comes to Wimborne Dental Health on Friday’s and offers free no-obligation consultations.