Botox & Injectables
If you are considering using Botox treatments or any other injectable treatment, you need to ensure the injectable you are choosing is right for you. At Rutland Aesthetics, we want to help you reach your cosmetic goals. However, at the same time, we need to ensure you remain safe. As such, we perform a full assessment of each patient before using injectables.
What is Botox and which areas of wrinkles is it useful for?
As a toxin that’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, Botox® is a safe therapy used for cosmetic purposes. Most patients use it to address wrinkles. However, it’s also useful for stopping conditions such as excessive sweating.
Is Botox effective and how does it work?
When applied in the right area by a skilled practitioner, Botox is highly effective. It works by blocking the signals that travel from your nerves to your muscles. When this happens, the muscles surrounding your wrinkles relax. This leads to smoother looking skin and less pronounced wrinkles. In some cases, you can use it as a prophylactic measure. One of the contributing factors to wrinkle formation is muscle usage. As Botox relaxes your muscles, you use them less; this leads to a slower external ageing process.
Is Botox safe?
In the hands of a medically trained practitioner, Botox is exceedingly safe. To ensure you remain safe before and during each treatment, your clinician will assess you before writing your Botox prescription. If they feel confident it is a safe injectable for you to use, they will employ it to treat various areas:
- Crow’s feet
- Laughter lines around the mouth
- Wrinkles on the brow
- Slimming your jaw muscles
- Sagging necklines
- Reducing excessive sweating
However, there are certain patients who cannot receive Botox. They include:
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Those with particular neurological conditions
- People who have had a severe reaction to Botox in the past
- People taking certain medications
- People taking Warfarin, or other blood thinners
It is for these reasons that we perform a full assessment of you and your medical history before administering Botox.
Redermilisation is a new injectable therapy that can reduce the signs of ageing. It contains two essential compounds: Hyaluronic Acid and Succinic Acid. Each compound acts alongside the other to make you look younger.
How do dermal fillers work for smoothing skin?
Your skin features several layers. The uppermost layer, which is the one you can see, is called the epidermis. Redermilisation uses Hyaluronic acid to draw water to the cells in the epidermis, which plumps and smooths them. As a result, you look younger.
At the same time, Succinic acid optimises cell metabolism and battles the free radicals that make your skin look sallow. From their first redermilisation injection, many patients find that they experience smoother and firmer skin.
What are dermal fillers used for?
Dermal fillers are used to tackle multiple age-related problems. This includes:
- Poor skin hydration that leaves skin looking sallow and dry
- Treating acne scars and stretch marks
- Filling in wrinkles on the face, neck, and decollete
- Making lips or cheeks look plumper
As with Botox, dermal fillers are not recommended for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Similarly, if you have experienced an allergic reaction to dermal fillers in the past, it is not safe to administer it again. Finally, dermal fillers may interact with some drugs; including Warfarin and some NOACS.
By the end of a patient’s dermal filler treatment, the area of their skin that once experience sagging or wrinkling will have a smoother appearance. There are multiple dermal fillers on the market. At Rutland Aesthetics, Dr Dhesi only works with leading brands. For example, Juvederm.
Do injectables hurt and how long is the recovery process?
Depending on your preferences and the consultation that takes place before your procedure, your clinician will either use a topical anaesthetic or a local one. In some cases, the injectable they use contains anaesthetics.
You can expect to experience a small amount of pain, such as a ‘small scratch.’ However, the pain you encounter is short-lived, and injectables are minimally-invasive treatments. Certain areas are more sensitive. For example, patients who use dermal fillers to plump their lips may experience more pain and swelling afterwards than someone who uses Botox to reduce the wrinkles around their eyes.
Who can administer injections such as Botox and Dermal Fillers?
While it is legal for beauticians and other non-healthcare professionals to administer injections, they require a prescription from a doctor, dentist, or a prescribing nurse to do so. Although there was once a time when prescribers could complete this process over the phone, they now have to complete an in-person assessment.
If you want to expedite your injectable treatment process, you might want to consider the following when choosing your practitioner:
- Are they medically qualified? Do they have prescribing rights?
- How much experience do they have?
- What is their qualification? For example, are they a doctor, dentist, nurse, or another prescribing practitioner?
When you choose to use a medical or healthcare professional to administer your injectables to reduce wrinkles, you can rest assured they are following the guidelines provided by their governing body. As such, they always act with integrity and will maintain your safety throughout the procedure.
What will happen before your Botox or Dermal Filler treatment?
Your practitioner will ask for a full history of previous medical conditions, ongoing medical conditions, past surgeries, and any medications you are taking. They will also inquire about lifestyle factors; such as whether you smoke or drink, and how often.
Answering each question honestly allows them to choose the best course of treatment for you. It is also important to tell them if you have recently received dental treatments, or if you have any upcoming dental procedures.
Your expectations and possible side effects
Like any medical intervention, injectables come with side effects and risks. It is essential to pay attention to those risks and use them to inform your decision when you decide whether to go ahead with the treatment.
At the same time, your clinician will explain how effective the treatment is in reducing facial, neck, and decollete wrinkles and sagging. Absorbing what they say allows you to create realistic expectations of what your treatments will achieve.
What to do before and after your injectable treatments
To maximise the success of your anti-wrinkle treatments, you will need to:
- Stop taking any medications the doctor advises you to stop
- Remove all makeup
- Don’t attend if you have a cough, cold, or anything worse
- If you begin taking a new medication or develop a new medical condition, call the clinic before your appointment
After your treatment, you should avoid and expect the following:
- Don’t wear makeup for twelve hours
- Refrain from exercising
- Don’t massage the area
- Avoid exposing yourself to UV light
- Accept that you may experience tenderness and swelling. This usually lasts for no longer than two days.
On the day of your procedure, your practitioner will discuss warning signs that indicate the need to seek medical advice. Such side-effects are rare, but it’s important to watch out for them anyway.
What to expect from Rutland Aesthetics
At Rutland Aesthetics, we benefit from the guidance of our lead clinician; Dr Dhesi. As a medical doctor with almost twenty years of experience, he is trained in Aesthetic Medicine. Using his advice, you can find the right injectable treatment or an alternative cosmetic therapy for your ageing concerns.
*Please note that a free medical consultation is required before having the treatment.