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Wrinkle relaxing injections

are the most popular non-surgical treatment worldwide, and with good reason. They can transform your tired worried appearance almost overnight giving you a softer,happier  and more youthful look.

Worry lines, crows feet and frown lines can be treated very effectively using tiny amounts of toxin injected directly into the muscles responsible for producing these wrinkles. The  muscles are temporarily paralysed, and this results in smoother overlying skin and a relaxing of some of the negative facial expressions giving a more youthful and attractive appearance. Over the next three to six months, the effects will fade but can be renewed with further treatment. The toxin is given via a very fine needle, and is virtually painless to inject. Usually you will leave the clinic with little or no evidence of you having had a treatment, so this really is a “lunchtime procedure”. Most cosmetic doctors say that over 90% of their clients come back for repeat treatments, which is testament to how painless and effective it is.

The drug that is used for these injections  has been used safely for over 35 years in adults and children in the treatment of many  neurological and opthalmological conditions. Thousands of patients receive treatment every year, for conditions such as squint or facial spasms, and it was noticed, as an unexpected side effect, that patients were reporting how pleased they were that their wrinkles were improved. Thus over the past 10 years  it has become increasingly popular as  a treatment for improving some of the visible signs of aging.

EXCESSIVE SWEATING  This awkward condition  can be alleviated using the same treatment,   with injections to the underarms and upper lips. The effects last from between three to six months.

Botulinum toxin is the name of the active ingredient in these injections, and there are now several preparations  available for use in the UK, which go by different names such as Botox®, Vistabel®, Azzalure® Dysport® and Xeomin®. These are drugs and must be prescribed by a doctor, or by a nurse with special prescribing qualifications.  It is very important that you choose your practitioner carefully so that you can be sure that you are receiving treatment that is appropriate for you and that the product being used is safe.  Before all treatments  Dr Fitzgerald will take a medical history to decide if you are a suitable candidate for treatment, and  she will clearly explain all benefits, risks and side effects associated with the procedure.

Before and after

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this lady has had botox and a filler to treat her frown lineThis lady is attempting to frown in both pictures. The second picture was taken 2 weeks after botox treatment and 10 minutes after Restylane filler.