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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side-effects of wrinkle removal injections?

Approximately 10% of new patients may experience a headache for a few hours following the treatment. There will be redness at the injection site for a few minutes immeadiately following the treatment. Rarely a patient may experience flu–like symptoms afterwards. An eyelid ptosis (droop) is possible in 1–2% of patients but this complication is very easy to correct with drops. It is also possible to experience localized muscle weakness in and around the area being treated, the symptoms of which are typically mild as botulinum injections are completely reversible and as such last a couple of weeks if not days.

Can I have wrinkle removal injections?

You should not have a botulinum injection treatment if you:

  • have an infection where botulinum will be injected
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients (human albumin, botulinum toxin)
  • are pregnant or lactating or think you might be pregnant
  • have a neurological disorder (eg. Myasthenia Gravis), or are taking drugs that interfere with neuromuscular transmission eg aminoglycosides

Is the wrinkle removal procedure painful?

No! The entire botulinum injection procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and requires no anaesthesia. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.

How much do wrinkle removal injections cost?

A treatment costs between £200–£325 depending on how many areas are treated

Is Restylane safe?

Yes. Restylane has been used extensively since 1996. Restylane has a highly favourable safety profile. It's composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the human body. Restylane is fully biocompatible. There is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or development of allergic reactions to animal proteins. No allergy testing is required before use.* After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoor activities should be avoided until any redness or swelling disappear. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18, you shouldn't use Restylane.

Can I have restylane?

Restylane should not be considered if you are:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a history of severe allergic reactions
  • Have severe bleeding disorders, because you could bruise excessively
After the treatment you should minimize exposure of the treated area to excessive sun and UV lamp exposure and extreme cold weather until any initial swelling and redness has resolved. If laser treatment, chemical peeling or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with Restylane there is a possible risk of eliciting an inflammatory reaction at the implant site. This also applies if Restylane is administered before the skin has healed completely after such a procedure.

How long does Restylane last?

Typically Restylane lasts 6 to 9 months, and unlike many dermal fillers the results is maintained for the majority of its life.

What should you do prior to treatment?

No patch testing is required for restylane. You should stop aspirins or other NSAIDS, St johns wart and vitamin E supplements 1 week prior to treatment to avoid increasing bruising. If you have previously suffered from cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence especially with lip enhancement procedures.