Azzalure is a prescription only botulinum toxin type A injectable that was developed by Galderma. It is used in tiny amounts in facial aesthetic procedures to reduce the activity of specific facial muscles. In effect, this means that Azzalure stops the treated muscles from moving to allow the overlying skin to relax and smooth out over time – providing a wrinkle smoothing affect.
This wrinkle smoothing treatment is generally used in the upper third of the face – including around the eyes, forehead, and brow regions – it can also be utilised in other parts of the face such as reducing a gummy smile or lifting the corners of the mouth. Azzalure treatments are typically discussed in terms of three different treatment areas: frown lines, forehead lines, and the lines that appear at the corners of the eyes, also known as Crow’s feet.
Though it may vary depending on the extent of your desired results, Azzalure treatment can typically be completed in one appointment.
Treatment appointments typically last 15 minutes.
Azzalure treatments involve a series of gently administered injections to the areas that were pre-determined during your initial consultation and desired outcomes.
As pain perception varies from individual to individual, the level of discomfort that you feel will largely depend on your history with pain. The Azzalure treatment involves a tiny needle to pierce the outer layer of skin and, though some discomfort may result, pain is typically minimal, and the actual injection of the product itself is not painful. If you have experienced eyebrow waxing or micro-blading, you are likely to find this treatment very tolerable.
The use of numbing cream on the treatment area is typically not necessary.
The results of Azzalure treatment are gradual and, though they may vary, patients are usually able to discern noticeable effects after 7 to 10 days with full effects becoming more apparent in two to three weeks following treatment. Peak effect is around 6 weeks after your treatment.
The longevity of your results is entirely dependent on the extent of the problem and your Azzalure treatment history, as the more often a patient receives Azzalure treatment, the longer results may last. As is typical of any muscle that is not used becomes weaker, so it will take longer to get back to full strength the more often you have treatment.
Typically, results can last anywhere between 2 and 4 months. As botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring, biodegradable substance, its effects are not permanent and will always wear off as the body breaks down and processes the organic substance.
Side effects are typically limited to the redness and swelling that results from piercing the skin at the injection sites. This usually diminished within 10 to 15 minutes.
Some patients may also experience bruising at the injection site ranging from a pinprick to a more substantial bruise. Again, the extent of the bruising is entirely patient-dependent and will last as long as bruises normally last for that specific individual.
Very rarely, a patient may experience slight eyelid or forehead drooping or even more rarely, blurred vision in reaction to the injection that can last as long as the substance itself remains active. However, the chances of experiencing these adverse effects are very low and can be reduced for the most part by working with an experienced dentist like Carol at Evolve Dentistry.
Though patients may experience slight swelling and bruising, that is the extent of the typical side effects involved with Azzalure treatments, and patients can return to work immediately after their appointment if they desire.
We advise that any individual receiving an Azzalure treatment at our practice abstains from drinking alcohol the night before the treatment as having alcohol in the system can increase your risk of bruising.
Post-operation, it is best to refrain from lying down for 2 to 3 hours post-procedure and abstain from applying makeup or moisturiser to the treated areas for the remainder of the day.
In addition, it is important that patients do not engage in any exercise or alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours, as this can reduce the benefit of your treatment.
Finally, avoid saunas, steam rooms, facials or sunbeds for at least 2 weeks post-procedure and keep the treated area out of the sun as much as possible for that period. Always wear a high factor sunscreen everyday.
For patients who are content with their results, a follow-up appointment is unnecessary unless further treatment is a part of your treatment plan.
At Evolve Dentistry, we ask that patients wait a minimum of 2 weeks before the full benefit of treatment can be assessed. This allows the Azzalure time to become active and take full effect. However, if you experience swelling, pain, redness, visual disturbance or any unexpected reaction, please contact us as soon as possible.
If the 2-week period has come to an end, and you are still concerned with their results, we request that you wait no longer than 4 weeks out from your initial procedure to contact our practice. We do not carry out any adjustments of the treatment more than 6 weeks after the initial treatment as this can lead to resistance to the product’s effectiveness in the future.
Are there any absolute contraindications for potential Azzalure patients?:
· Active skin infections in the areas that require treatment
· Taking Roaccutane (prescribed acne treatment)
· Neuro-muscular conditions such as MS, motor neuron disease, or muscular dystrophy
Carol will help you determine if you are suitable for Azzalure treatment at your initial consultation.
Please see our fee guide for up to date prices.
Patients trust Azzalure treatments to deliver natural wrinkle-reducing solutions to typical problem areas of the face that allow them to achieve a refreshed and more relaxed appearance.
At Evolve Dentistry, we believe that working with you to understand your goals and wishes for your facial aesthetic treatment plan is the best way to ensure that you are happy with your treatment. We work with you to customise a treatment plan to help you fully realise your aesthetic goals, to look like you but just a little fresher, a little better.
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