Cardiff Clinic … The most popular of all non-surgical aesthetic treatments , is to use Prescription only medicines to help reduce the action of the facial muscles and so help preventing wrinkles from forming.
What is it?
Marketing of prescription-only medication to patients is not allowed in the U.K. information provision is acceptable however a thorough patient assessment with a qualified medical practitioner is important.
Who is suitable?
You’d need to have a full consultation with The Clinic, where we will take your medical history, to assess your suitability for each of the individual treatments possible – because it is a prescription only medicine, this is legal requirement.
Some things that might prevent you from having a muscle relaxing treatments include a medical history of swallowing difficulty, pregnancy, breast feeding or certain muscular, neurological, or connective tissue problems.
What is the treatment like?
Technique will vary depending on what treatment you choose. The process is mildly uncomfortable for some, on rare occasions a topical local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area first.
Commonly Asked Questions
What areas can be treated?
Commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet (or laughter lines) radiating away from the eyes. While it would probably work around the mouth and chin, it would almost undoubtedly weaken the smile and Mr Karoo does not recommend its use around the mouth. Creases around the mouth may however be improved by filling them out with a dermal filler.
What should be expected after treatment?
In general many prescription only medicines for wrinkles are safe with little down time associated with the treatment. Occasionally slight bruising may occur and a mild headache may follow. Bruising may be greater in patients who are taking any blood thinning medicines. These products should be avoided if possible prior to the injection. Muscle relaxation is first noted at between the 3rd and 10th day after treatment; it is not immediate.
How long does treatment last?
Successful therapy is signalled by muscle weakness that begins 3 and 10 days after injection with the main effect visible at about 7 days. The effect after the initial injection lasts between 3 and 5 months for most patients.
How often is repeated treatment needed?
Repeat treatment is suggested every 3-5 months to keep the muscles sufficiently weakened to allow the furrows to smooth out. In practice this means coming three to four times in the first year. After the first year the intervals between treatment may be a little longer so that you need it only twice a year.
Tension headaches and migraine for some patients have disappeared. These occurred in patients who were recruiting forehead and brow muscles during periods of stress and tension. When these muscles were relaxed, the headaches faded. It has been found to help wit headache in about 30% of migraine sufferers.
What do I do after the treatment?
Do not massage the area treated. Do not lie down for a nap – keep upright for about 3-4 hours. Do not take any aspirin for 2 -3 days either side of the injections as this may help to reduce the chance of bruising. It is also advised not to perform any vigorous exercise for 48 hours after the treatment and avoid having any facials or massages where you might lie face down on a circular pillow for 48 hours.
Wrinkle treatment in Cardiff – Contact Clinic For More Information
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