All anti wrinkle treatments are provided by Mr Ó Ceallaigh.In our practice we use Botox® as the anti wrinkle medication.
Botox® injections are used to ease and smooth out the appearance of wrinkle and frown lines, forehead furrows, crow’s feet, lip (smoker) lines, down-turned mouths and dimple chins, by relaxing the facial muscles that cause them. It can also be used for preventing excessive perspiration in underarms and hands.
Botox® is a registered trade mark of a company called Allergan Inc. Botox®is a purified form of botulinum toxin A.
Botox® is produced in Co.Mayo. Botulinum toxin is a poison produced by certain kinds of bacteria and causes botulism. Although Botox® is a toxin, it is used in doses much smaller that those that can cause harm to the body.
For cosmetic use a very small amount is injected into facial muscles that are hyperactive. Hyperactive muscles cause the overlying facial skin to crumple causing wrinkles. Botox works by blocking nerve transmission to the muscles under the skin. The muscle then relaxes. The skin covering the muscle is smoothed and the wrinkles diminish. The effects are not permanent but should last for around 3-6 months; the effect gradually fades as muscle action returns.
Botox® reversibly paralyses muscles. Botox® treatment involve a series of small injections in order to temporarily relax certain facial muscles, thus having a cosmetic effect by smoothing certain facial wrinkles (“Crow’s feet” and other lines of expression).
Weakening of the injected muscles begins to be apparent after 2-3 days with the peak effect being reached after 7 days. Results can last 3-6 months,at which time re treatment is necessary to gain a similar muscle relaxant effect.
Good results may be obtained after a single session. Occasionally, “touch-up” injections may be required for full effect.
Most people find that injections only cause mild swelling; the swelling usually subsides within a few hours.
The aim of Botox treatment is for an improvement, not perfection.
Botox will not improve static facial lines due to skin thinning and loss of facial fat.
They offer a quick and effective way of smoothing out wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic Acid fillers can also be used to enhance lips and shape facial contours. When Hyaluronic Acid fillers are injected into the skin the filler is naturally integrated into the tissue, adding volume. It can therefore be used to smooth out facial folds and wrinkles as well as to enhance lips, for example, producing a fuller or more pouting lip.
Improvement can be seen immediately and lasts between depending on area and type of filler used up to 12 months. Actual results vary person to person and it is important to have realistic expectations of the treatment. This will be fully discussed during your consultation.
Hyaluronic Acid fillers act by absorbing up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are non-animal origin and non-allergenic, and no allergy test is required.
The Hyaluronic acid filler is completely broken down within the skin over a period of months, eventually leaving no trace of the filler.
Numbing of the area is not usually required for a filler as the filler contains a numbing agent.
Mr Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh
Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
MB, BAO, Bch, LRCPI&SI, BDent Sc, MRCS, FDS, FRCS (OMFS)
Consultant at the National Oral & Maxillofacial Unit at St James Hospital.