Forehead and frown lines are an early sign of ageing as over time the skin loses its ordinary connective tissue support with decreasing levels of collagen and elastin.
Muscles of expression around the face that regularly move throughout the day start to cause small lines, creases, and wrinkles.
Initially, the wrinkles and creases are dynamic (occurring only with muscle movement) but eventually become fixed, even when the face is relaxed. These wrinkles appear at right angles to the muscles’ action and tend to occur in characteristic sites. Wrinkles are a distinctive feature of ageing as can be seen by looking at someone of advanced age who has deep fixed folds.
Most people develop horizontal forehead lines with vertical lines around the nose bridge (the glabellar), often called “11 lines”. This is in conjunction with crow’s feet last lines at the edge of the eyes.
Horizontal forehead lines and glabellar lines respond excellently to wrinkle-relaxing injections. However, only doctors can appropriately assess and prescribe wrinkle relaxing injections, requiring a careful medical examination to ensure that there are no contraindications and appropriate for every individual patient.
Dr Thomas undertakes an appropriate assessment providing a bespoke treatment plan depending on the patient’s anatomy and gender. This requires a careful evaluation of how each muscle works, including the size and shape of the muscle and the forehead itself. He uses small amounts of the injection just underneath the skin to relax the muscle. This blocks release of nerve transmitter to the muscle, beginning to weaken it gradually.
The injection effect can start to be noticed after around 3-4 days, although it usually takes about 10-14 days to see the maximum improvement. Most patients see that there is a relaxation for at least three months or so.
Wrinkle relaxing injections have a preventative effect in that the earlier they started in adulthood, the less likely a person is to develop significant wrinkles. Most patients return for top-up injections every three months or so (it is not recommended to do more frequently because of the risk of antibody formation, which might theoretically reduce effectiveness).
Anti-wrinkle injections soften or eliminate the appearance of lines and wrinkles on various parts of the face, and prevent these worsening.
The full facial treatment package (liquid facelift) can be transformative for our patients who may have more significant volume loss around the face with associated sinking and sagging of soft tissues.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
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