Botox (Botulinum toxin) injections relax the muscles in your face to smooth out lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines.
It’s not permanent – it usually lasts for around 3 or 4 months.
If you’re thinking about having Botox injections, be clear about why you want them.
What having Botox involves?
Your face will be cleaned and botulinum toxin will be injected into muscles in your face using a very fine needle.
You’ll need injections in different places, depending on the area being treated. You’ll be asked to move the muscles in your face to help find the best place for the injections.
It usually takes about 10 minutes.
You will not see a change straight away. It takes about 2 or 3 days to start working, and 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect.
Do not massage or rub your face for 3 days. Also, avoid vigorous exercise, sunbathing (including using sunbeds), and the sauna for 2 days. Your practitioner should be able to give you more advice about what you should and should not do.
The effects usually last for about 3 or 4 months. If you have Botox injections again, you should wait at least 3 months. It might stop working if you have it too often.
The risks of Botox injections are small if it’s done correctly by a suitably qualified practitioner. Speak to your practitioner about the risks.
After treatment you may have:
- a headache and flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
- bruising, swelling and redness where the needles went in the skin
- a frozen look – you might not be able to move the muscles in your face if too much Botox is injected
- temporary weakness and droopiness in your face – for example, your eyelids or eyebrows may droop if the Botox moves into these areas
Very rarely, serious problems such as blurred or double vision can happen if the area around the eyes is treated, or breathing difficulties if the neck area is injected.
When you cannot have Botox?
In certain circumstances, Botox injections are not recommended, including if:
- you have a skin infection
- you’re unwell in any way
- you have a neuromuscular condition like myasthenia gravis
- you’re taking certain medicines
What to do if you have problems?
If you have a serious problem, such as difficulty breathing, dial 999 to ask for an ambulance or go straight to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E).
PRP is a natural, platelet-enriched plasma procedure that stimulates tissue reproduction, the formation of new tissues and tackles aging skin problems. Procedures can be performed on the face, neck, neckline, arms and scalp areas.
What are the benefits of PRP – “Vampire Facelift”?
• Rejuvenates Skin and Help Rejuvenate Tired Eyes: PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production which thickens and tightens thinning skin, effectively smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Because it boosts collagen, it’s also a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone.
• Treatment for Hair Loss: stimulate your hair growth, increases hair volume, improves the quality of the hair
• Stimulates wound healing and treats scars
How is the PRP procedure performed?
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient‘s vein and put into a test-tube. The sample is centrifuged to concentrate the patient’s platelets in a small amount of plasma. It is then injected through a thin needle into the face, neck, neckline, arm or scalp area. The period of skin regeneration after this procedure is from 2 to 24 hours. It is recommended to perform 1-2 procedures per year.
How many PRP procedures are necessary?
The effect starts to be visible after 3-4 weeks and the regeneration process continues for a long time. Usually, 2-3 PRP procedures are recommended with a 1-2 months break. It is recommended to repeat the procedure after 6-12 months.
PRP procedures can be combined with other rejuvenating procedures: botulinum toxin, fillers, laser procedures.
What are the side effects of PRP?
Swelling, redness, bruises, infection, the lack of effect.
When a procedure cannot be performed?
The procedure is not recommended for pregnant, breastfeeding women, patients with systemic connective tissue, autoimmune, oncology diseases, patients having coagulation disorders, prone to scarring, having an active infection on the face (eg.: cold sores). It is decided whether the procedure can be applied during the consultation.
Skincare after the PRP procedure
The day of the procedure patient is not allowed to visit the sauna, do sports actively, take alcohol. The patient should also avoid the sun for at least two weeks after the procedure and use sun protection SPF50.
Finally, it is necessary for a patient to use a recommended moisturizing cream for 1-2 weeks after the procedure.