Spring is arriving. Fresh snowdrops are flowering under trees, the first brave daffs are showing up in some gardens. It won’t be long before new grass greens over muddy verges, and everything starts to look new and fresh again. Will your face be looking new and fresh too, or will it still look like it needs another few months in hibernation?
If your face doesn’t bounce back like it used to then perhaps it’s time to do something about those lines. There are certain lines on the face that are there because your muscles are holding them in place. You may not realise it, but you are habitually contracting them, creating those crow’s feet, those worry or frown lines. If you could just relax for a few days, they would smooth out.
It sounds easy but it’s almost impossible to consciously relax those muscles, which is why people seek the help of botulinum toxin. This is the long name for Botox, a purified form of the botulinum type A toxin.
Botox started out as a way to suppress excessive sweating, but doctors quickly discovered that the people who received this treatment lost their wrinkles in the injected area too. Now, Botox has been around for a long time, smoothing out faces around the globe.
Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerve to the muscle so that it cannot contract. We inject just the right tiny amount to gradually relax the muscle, which takes about a week in all, but not totally paralyse it. We want you to look relaxed, not frozen.
Botulinum toxin works really well on those areas around the eyes, but people also use it to relax the areas around the lips.
It takes only a few minutes to administer your treatment, so you can get it done at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester when you are out shopping, or in your lunch hour. You won’t see any difference to start with but over the next week, your lines will smooth out.
Treatment lasts about 4 months, so come in for a top-up after 3 months if you like what you see and want some more.
No one likes the effects that ageing has on the face. We get told off for having been in the sun too much and not eating the right foods, but everyone gets wrinkles. There are some that we can help you with if you want facial rejuvenation in Leicester.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we appreciate that sometimes having a great set of teeth can only make the wrinkles look more wrinkly, but there is a way to smooth them away without having to go as far as surgery. Here, we have put our in-depth knowledge of the head and neck and our skills with a needle to great use by now offering Botox.
Botox has become mainstream and it is now widely accepted as a safe way to smooth away wrinkles and lines caused by muscles that we habitually contract. We don’t mean to create crow’s feet by screwing up our eyes to peer at things, or by smiling and laughing. It isn’t our intention to add frown lines to our faces when we concentrate or worry lines above our brows, but we do.
However, with Botox injections, we can help you gently and subtly smooth away those wrinkles, and even smoker’s lines around your mouth, in a process that develops over the course of a week or so.
How Botox works
The Botulinum type A toxin was originally used to stop excessive sweating but it was discovered that it also worked really well on lines and was marketed as Botox. We inject just the right amount of Botox into the area of your wrinkle. It blocks the signalling pathway between the nerve and muscle and slowly the muscle smooths out. We can make sure you can still make natural expressions but you won’t be able to hold the muscle in constant, subconscious tension anymore.
The gradual development means that friends and family may not even consciously notice that you’ve had Botox, just that you are looking more refreshed than usual.
Botox treatments last for about four months, and at Aesthetic Smiles, we recommend that you come in for a top-up treatment after three months, if you like the results.
Skin geing is a natural process with visible results that start around the age of 25. Fine lines appear first, sometimes accompanied by wrinkles and gradually a loss of volume and a loss of density occur as well. Our skin ages for a variety of reasons. While not all of them are inevitable, some of them can be prevented.
Healthy and youthful skin starts with prevention. However, if you want to achieve facial rejuvenation in Leicester and soften your wrinkles for a more youthful appearance, you can take advantage of Botox at Aesthetic Smiles. Our highly-trained dentists have a thorough understanding of the facial anatomy and will perform the treatment safely, precisely and effectively.
Common causes of skin ageing
Wrinkles and fine lines are very common signs of skin ageing. These lines appear on different areas of the face such as the outer corners of the eyes, the cheeks, on the forehead, as well as between the nose and the mouth. Exposure to the sun is the primary factor responsible for skin ageing, followed by environmental pollution, smoking and poor nutrition. However, wrinkles and fine lines may be the result of genetics or a poor skincare routine throughout the years.
What is Botox?
Botox has been used as cosmetic treatment over 20 years. It is a purified protein used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Once injected into the skin, Botox relaxes the facial muscles which cause expression lines, by temporarily blocking the nerve receptors in them, leaving the skin looking smoother and more youthful.
Botox is quick and painless and the treatment usually lasts 5 to 10 minutes. Results can be seen in a few days, although some patients may have to wait for a week before the notice the first results.
Botox is injected into the skin with a very fine needle, so it causes very little pain upon injection. Botox does not cause irritation or inflammation. Some patients, however, may experience a mild stinging sensation.
Most patients find that the effects of Botox last approximately 3-6 months. After this, repetitive sessions are required for maintenance. After the muscles have been relaxed for a while, it takes fewer treatments to maintain a good result.
Considering wrinkle relaxing treatment, such as Botox, should not be taken lightly.
Ultimately, this is a life-changing decision that needs a lot of thought and research prior to undergoing treatment. It is important to ensure that whoever carries out your procedure is a highly trained professional with a strong reputation, otherwise you risk receiving mediocre treatment that could have varying outcomes and complications. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, only dentists do our procedures.
This is because they have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the facial anatomy and can perform it in a precise and safe manner. Aesthetic Smiles uses the botulinum toxin type A for this treatment.
Can I afford it?
Do not scrimp on the price of your Botox!While some cheaper alternatives may seem enticing, it is far more important to have confidence in the capabilities of your practitioner than to simply opt for one due to a cheaper cost. Why not look online at our reviews of before and after procedures to fully understand the quality of service you will receive at Aesthetic Smiles.
How does it work?
Botox lessens your wrinkles by blocking the nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. Once you’ve had an injection into a specific muscle, that muscle is basically paralyzed, although it is not damaged at all. When Botox is injected into a muscle that causes a wrinkle in your skin when it contracts, paralysis of that muscle prevents the wrinkle from forming.
The effects of Botox are most noticeable in wrinkles that only show when the muscle contracts. Therefore, it can be used to treat ‘crow’s feet’, as they are most prominent when we smile and frown lines, which are most visible when we frown.
As we get older our skin can lose elasticity. This can lead to permanent creases in our skin, leaving a wrinkle that is noticeable even without muscle contraction. Botox isn’t used to get rid of these wrinkles, but can help to soften them, giving an appearance of smoother skin.
Its effects begin within 48 hours and become noticeable within five to 10 days. However, the effects may only last between three to five months, at which point you’d need to get another Botox treatment to keep the desired effect.
If you have treated yourself to a smile makeover, you won’t be able to stop smiling, showing off your beautiful new look to everyone you meet. Yet if you have unwanted folds, lines, or wrinkles on your skin you may still feel under-confident.
Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester offers a range of facial rejuvenation procedures, designed to combat premature signs of ageing and give you a more youthful appearance. These treatments are an ideal way to combat lines and wrinkles, providing a long-term solution that is painless and non-surgical. What’s more, treatment usually takes only a single, short appointment to complete.
If you are shopping around for facial aesthetics treatments it is worth remembering that they can, by law, only be carried out by a medically qualified and trained professional. This includes doctors, dentists, and nurses. Anyone else offering such treatment should be avoided, to ensure that the results you achieve are what you expect: both natural and beautiful.
The two best-known facial rejuvenation procedures are botulinum toxin type A and dermal fillers. Both of these treatments are available from the skilled and qualified team at Aesthetic Smiles Leicester.
Botulinum toxin type A
This popular treatment involves temporary relaxation of the tiny facial muscles beneath the surface to smooth out the skin above, getting rid of lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Treatment is delivered by pain-free injection and typically takes a maximum of ten minutes. Results continue to develop over four to seven days, and will last at least three months before repeat treatment is required.
Botulinum toxin type A is suitable for use on frown lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and forehead lines, among other areas.
Dermal fillers work by replacing lost hyaluronic acid from the skin, and the fillers used at our Leicester clinic are made from non-animal sources. A local anaesthetic is either included in the filler syringe or applied before treatment, so you won’t feel a thing.
As well as treating unwanted lines, folds, and wrinkles on the face, dermal fillers can be used for lip enhancement, hand and neck contours. Effects are visible immediately and can last between six and 12 months, depending on the area treated.