COSMETIC INJECTIONS

Mr. Trinidade offers aesthetic treatment in the form of cosmetic and wrinkle relaxation injections. These are currently performed at the Spire Wellesley Hospital. Information about what these entail is outlined below. For available treatments click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the risks?

What is botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin, commonly known under its brand Botox, is a protein naturally produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. It relaxes muscles by temporarily blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle contraction that causes lines and wrinkles. For this reason, it is now commonly used by many, both male and female, as it is less intrusive and less artificial in appearance than traditional form of treament such as plastic surgery.

Relaxation injection treatments are safe for most people, but complications can sometimes occur. These include:

  1. A hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the injection

  2. Bruising. This is increased if you have a known clotting disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, high dose Vitamin E, high dose omega 3 oils or garlic tablets 

  3. An unsatisfactory outcome can sometimes occur. However, the effects of these injections are reversible and will eventually wear off with time. This can be minimised by avoiding rubbing or massaging of the injected areas to prevent spread into surrounding muscles

Who can't have relaxation injection treatments?

Relaxation injection treatments are safe for most people, but it is not recommended if:

  1. You have a known allergy or hypersensitivity to botulinum toxins or any of the products mixed with them

  2. You suffer from a neuromuscular disorder such as myasthenia gravis or Eaton-Lambert syndrome

  3. You are pregnant or breastfeeding

  4. You are taking certain antibiotics (such as aminoglycosides) or medicines that interfere with muscle function

  5. You have active acne, sores or infections in the areas to be treated

How is the treatment performed?

Assessment

You will first be assessed to ensure that the treatment is right for you. You will then be counselled on what you can expect to achieve from the treatments. 

Preparation

All make-up must first be removed. A local anaesthetic cream may then be applied (but this is not often necessary). The areas where the injections are to be placed will then be marked out using an eyeliner pencil that is easily wiped off after.  

Procedure

The relevant areas will be injected using a tiny needle. Depending on how many areas are to be treated, this part of the treatment can take between 10 to 15 minutes. There may be some bleeding during injection but this usually stops after a few minutes.

What is the aftercare following injections?

Following relaxation injection treatment, you should:

  1. Avoid high intensity exercise immediately following treatment for 24 hours

  2. Avoid touching or rubbing the injected areas

  3. Avoid alcohol consumption on the same day

  4. Remain upright for 3 hours afterwards

  5. Exercise the injected muscles

Will I have a frozen look afterwards?

At your first treatment, a conservative approach is taken, with only the minimum amount needed to give a result being used. You will then be asked to return for a follow-up appointment to assess the results. If more is needed or desired, then this will be applied at the follow-up appointment free of charge. 

How frozen your look is afterwards depends on how much botulinum toxin is injected. Most people prefer results to look as natural as possible and will be satisfied with the minimum amount being injected. Others will prefer much less movement in the face and request higher doses, resulting in a more "frozen" look. It very much depends on the individual. 

Your treatment will be tailored to your desired look, with a relationship being built up with you over time to suit your needs.

What will happen if I stop having the injections?

The effects of botulinum toxin injections wear off with time, with the function of the facial muscles returning to complete normal function. There is no harm in stopping the injections whenever you want. Typically, the full effect of the injections will be seen at around 2 weeks and lasts for approximately 3 to 6 months. The duration of the effect differs from person to person. Many people find that the more injections they have over time, the longer the effect lasts. 

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