Treatments

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

What is botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a protein, a neurotoxin protein to be precise, which means it is a substance that causes nerve destruction. It is derived from clostridium botulinum a bacterium, however, when produced clinically in its purified form it is safe for use.
There are several strains of botulinum toxin with botulinum toxin type A being the type used for medical and cosmetic use

How does it work?

As mentioned before botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin. It blocks the uptake of a chemical in the body called acetylcholine. This chemical is responsible for making the nerve send messages to other cells to act, so by inhibiting (stopping) this action the messages don’t get sent. In simple terms this means that by injecting botulinum, the message from the nerve to cause muscle to contract is blocked and so the muscles don’t move, meaning less wrinkles.
It is licensed to be used for Glabellar lines (frown lines) for individuals under the age of 65. But is often used “off licence” for the cosmetic improvement of wrinkles to other areas along with numerous other therapeutic uses.

What should I expect?

A full consultation will be carried out prior to any treatments to find out what you want to achieve from the treatment. This will involve taking a full medical history, discussing any medications you may be taking, any allergies and any previous treatments you may have had in the past. Skin care is a crucial part of consultation too and your current skin care regime, use of sunscreen etc will also be reviewed. The practitioner will talk through what’s involved in the injection of botulinum toxin and advise the best options for the look you want. It may not be possible to achieve everything at once but a clear plan will be discussed and agreed with you. The opportunity to have time to think about the treatment is essential so injections will not be carried out on the initial consultation.

Before treatment you will be offered anaesthetic cream to numb the skin and increase comfort during the treatment.

Is it safe?

On the whole botulinum toxin is safe. Main side effects include, bruising, localised muscle weakness along with weakness in the surrounding muscles which may result in lid droop (ptosis), problems swallowing (dysphagia) and sometimes double vision.
Headaches, dizziness and itching have also been reported as side effects.

 

Dermal Fillers

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are products that even out lines and replace lost volume of the skin. At Emvivify we use Teoxane fillers. These fillers are injectable products made from non-animal origin, and are biodegradable hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body, it’s what helps nourish the skin and helps it keep its shape and fresh appearance. It is also found in a small quantity in the vitreous gel of the eye, interestingly. The fillers used in aesthetics come in pre filled syringes in a range of varying thicknesses depending on the look required and where is being injected.

What should I expect?

A full consultation will be carried out prior to any treatments to find out what you want to achieve from the treatment. This will involve taking a full medical history, discussing any medications you may be taking, any allergies and any previous treatments you may have had in the past. Skin care is a crucial part of consultation too and your current skin care regime, use of sunscreen etc will also be reviewed. The practitioner will talk through what’s involved in the injection of fillers and advise the best options for the look you want. It may not be possible to achieve everything at once but a clear plan will be discussed and agreed with you. The opportunity to have time to think about the treatment is essential so injections will not be carried out on the initial consultation.

Before treatment you will be offered anaesthetic cream to numb the skin and increase comfort during the treatment. The fillers are introduced by injection, the depth of the injection will depend on the thickness of the product. Following the injections the area injected will be massaged to enhance the look of the filler and ensure a smooth appearance. The hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates the skin. As it is naturally occurring it is metabolised (broken down) by the body over time, this can take several months but will eventually be reabsorbed so it will be necessary to have repeat treatments if you wish to keep the look fillers achieve.

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling after the treatment, this will settle down. You will be advised to use a moisturiser after the procedure to keep the skin hydrated and enhance the appearance of the skin. You should refrain from excessive alcohol intake and instead sport for a few days afterwards, also avoid sun exposure and dental treatments for a couple of weeks. The practitioner will offer further advice post treatment, but feel free to ask questions.

What are the risks?

Bruising and swelling are common side effects of having fillers. There may be some tenderness in the area too.
If the injected are becomes red and painful, and/or of you feel unwell this can be sign of infection. Contact us if this happens as you may need antibiotics to settle the infection.
There is a risk of allergic reaction. If there is undue swelling to the area, or mouth or throat, it can mean you are having an allergic reaction. If symptoms are severe you should attend the emergency department and advise your practitioner. If the symptoms are mild but causing you distress you can have an injection of a substance to dissolve the filler. Feel free to discuss this with your practitioner.