Anti-wrinkle injections, more commonly called Botox® are often used to relax muscles of the face, helping to reduce or completely eliminate wrinkles, particularly those that occur due to facial expressions. It is the treatment of choice for forehead lines, crow's feet and lines between the eyebrows (11s). It can also be used to treat lines in the lower face, such as smokers’ lines, and to lift e.g. the eyebrows or the corners of the mouth. In addition to being used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Botox® can also treat headaches and reduce a gummy smile, teeth grinding and excess sweating.
Botox® and other botulinum toxin drugs such as Vistabel®, Dysport® and Azzalure® are potent neurotoxins derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and are all brand names for the anti-wrinkle treatment we tend to call 'Botox'.
These drugs are all tried, tested and proven and are licensed for use in the UK. They contain one common substance, the botulinum toxin (produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum).
This toxin is highly potent. Tiny amounts are injected into the muscles identified as those causing the wrinkles. The injections are just beneath the skin, making Botox® the most popular aesthetic treatment due to the lack of downtime needed and proven results.
In the UK, botulinum toxin is in two forms:
Type A: found in Botox®, Vistabel®, Dysport®, Azzalure®. There are other brands available, but not all have been licensed for use in the UK.
Type B: Neurobloc® - this product is not approved for cosmetic use and are rarely used.
This Glowday Treatment Guide has been edited and medically verified by Andrew Rankin.