Mr Olivier Amar says: “My patients often ask what they can do to smooth away lines and wrinkles, yet still look natural. I offer a range of treatments to reduce these common signs of ageing. The specific treatment depends on the type and causes of your lines and wrinkles and is always decided after a personalised consultation.”
WHAT ARE WRINKLE RELAXING INJECTIONS?
Botulinum toxin (often just called “Botox”, which is the best-known brand) is a a clinically-tested natural, purified protein which, when injected, can temporarily weaken specific facial muscles. As a result, skin cannot crease as much, so appears smoother and more relaxed. Botulinum toxin has used to treat wrinkles and lines for more than 20 years and used in medicine in much larger doses for even longer. The treatment is reversible, wearing off after between one and four months, depending on how much is used, and is generally considered extremely safe.
WHY CONSIDER WRINKLE RELAXING INJECTIONS?
An expressive face is a beautiful face. However, sometimes we can be over-expressive, causing lines to form on the face. If these lines are formed frequently over time, they can eventually cause a permanent wrinkle.
If the muscles are relaxed, you can still make natural facial expressions, but because the contractions are not so intense, lines do not appear. In this way, it may be possible to delay or prevent wrinkles from forming.
Areas commonly treated with wrinkle-relaxing injections include:
- Frown lines between the brows
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Lines and furrow on the forehead
WHAT ALTERNATIVES ARE THERE TO WRINKLE-RELAXING INJECTIONS?
It’s important to understand that botulinum toxin is most effective on lines that are ‘dynamic’ – which means they only appear when your face is moving – rather than lines that are ‘static’, which means they are present all the time.
If you have indented lines or wrinkles that are visible when the face is at rest, you may require a different treatment to smooth them, such as a dermal filler.
It is important to understand that wrinkle relaxing injections cannot lift the face and are not suitable for everyone. Treatments that worked well when you were younger may need to change as you grow older and the proportions of your face change. They can, if inappropriately performed, even result in your appearing more tired. If you have become less satisfied with the results of regular dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing injections, then they may no longer be the right choice for you. Other approaches, including surgical treatments, may be more effective.
Mr Olivier Amar will discuss all your options during your consultation before any treatments can be offered.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?
Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment for them. If, after a consultation, you are considered suitable for wrinkle reducing injections, your skin will be cleaned before wrinkle relaxing injections are administered into facial muscles using a very fine needle. Mr Olivier Amar personally performs all treatments and his gentle and meticulous injection techniques minimise any discomfort. The treatment itself takes only a few minutes and the results will appear over the next few days.