Everyday facial expressions are constantly making lines on our skin (dynamic lines), Over time, these can become deeper and more noticeable even when we are not making a particular expression (static lines).
Muscle-relaxing injections are a type of non-permanent cosmetic treatment, which can be used to effectively treat fine-to-medium lines and wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles in the skin.
Miss Balaratnam is well known for her ‘less is more’ approach to facial enhancement – her aim is to respect the individuality of your face, whilst helping to enhance your features to restore balance and harmony.
The desired result is a healthy, refreshed glow – like after a good night’s sleep or a holiday – not to dramatically change the way you look
Miss Balaratnam also holds the prestigious title of “Local Country Ambassador” (LCA) for Allergan, the manufacturers of BOTOX® and the Juvederm® range of dermal fillers.
As one of only a handful of expert UK practitioners selected as an LCA, she regularly trains and mentors other health care professionals in non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation treatments and injection techniques.
The active ingredient in these treatments is called botulinum toxin, which is classed as a medicine that can only be prescribed by a doctor, such as Miss Balaratnam, a dentist or a nurse prescriber.
Botulinum toxin temporarily relaxes the muscles between the affected areas – such as the eyebrows (the frown lines) – which can lead to a softer, less tired or angry expression.
Miss Balaratnam may also use her clinical expertise to treat other facial areas in line with your individual needs, to give you the best results.
The aim with this treatment is to soften dynamic lines, giving a much more relaxed, refreshed appearance whilst keeping a natural look and movement.
The injections are made with an ultra-fine needle and the procedure usually takes about half an hour. Depending on the area treated, results usually last between 3-4 months as the movement in the muscle comes back over time.
We advise all new patients to return for a dose review three weeks after their initial treatment to ensure the best results.
“Sometimes patients come to me saying that how they look isn’t matching up to how they feel – they have been told they look ‘angry’ or ‘tired’ when this isn’t the case.
Sometimes our expressions and lines tell a different story to our feelings – so my aim is to help my clients look well rested, refreshed and above all to maintain natural expression and movement in the face.
Nobody should look overdone or ‘frozen’ so it’s important to have not only the best product, but also a skilled and experienced practitioner for your treatment”.
This will be discussed in your consultation, but generally anti-wrinkle injections can be used on a wide range of patients as they are primarily used for smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles, skin rejuvenation and improving skin texture.
However, muscle-relaxing injections are not suitable if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or undergoing IVF.
As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of unwanted side effects with anti-wrinkle injections. Most side effects are usually short-lived and often relate to the injection procedure.
There may be mild redness or swelling following injection. In the unlikely event of bruising around the injection area, this will be limited to a few days and can be treated with arnica. For optimal results, we advise avoiding any massage of the treated area, strenuous exercise, and alcohol consumption for 24 hours following treatment.
You will be able to resume your usual activities immediately, and there is no impact should you need to fly post-treatment.
At S-Thetics we use the market-leading brand of muscle-relaxing injections, BOTOX®. This product has been on the market for over 25 years and was originally approved by the FDA as a medical treatment for a number of muscular conditions.
During this time, it has been extensively studied with more than 65 clinical trials involving 15,000 people, making it one of the most reliable, effective and safe products on the market.
Miss Balaratnam is one of the leading UK experts in using muscle-relaxing injections for facial rejuvenation, carrying out more than 5,000 procedures to date and acting as a UK ambassador to train other doctors in these advanced techniques.
We take pride in delivering the very best treatments to our patients and tailoring our approach to each individual. Here’s what some of our patients have been saying about us:
“Since I’ve been using iS clinical my skin regime has completely changed. I have never known a skin product to benefit my skin in so many ways.” Katie, 19, Beaconsfield
“I have had EndyMed 3DEEP Tightening and Contouring on my face and body. The results are incredible and my skin felt tighter and firmer straight away. Three days later my skin is soft and smooth. With such a sophisticated device, a programme of EndyMed 3DEEP is certainly worth it.” Elouise 29, High Wycombe
“Beautiful clinic, run by extremely knowledgeable, professional, warm, friendly people. Incredibly relaxing, wonderful results – highly recommend Miss Sherina Balaratnam and her team.” Jane, 40, Middlesex
“The EndyMed is such a fabulous treatment that I can’t recommend enough. I walked out of the clinic not only glowing, but radiating from the inside out… it felt fabulous!” Annas, 39, Beaconsfield
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Sherina and her team for a wonderful experience – they truly are experts in their field.” – Tracey, 36, Berkshire.”
“I had the Fire and Ice treatment at the S-Thetics clinic. Just one treatment had improved the over all appearance of my skin and reduced my pigmentation, much to my delight.” Gail, 54, Beaconsfield
“Sherina really listened to what I wanted to achieve from my treatments – so I opted for some facial fillers to lift and refresh my cheeks and eyes, as well as shaping my lips. Sherina made the whole process very easy and comfortable and I am absolutely delighted with the results. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.”
Julia, 32, from Beaconsfield
“The Fire & Ice treatment is absolutely amazing and refreshing. I walked out of the S-Thetics clinic glowing and feeling fantastic and that was not the end… The result got even better the following day. My skin felt clear, clean and radiant.” Theresa, 40, Gerrards Cross
“Thank you Miss Balaratnam for taking your time with me, and using your extraordinary knowledge and skills to help rejuvenate my face and my confidence. All I want is to look the best that I can for my age and I could not be more delighted.” Carole Anne, 70, Wiltshire
“Sherina is one of the best skincare doctors I know! I highly recommend all that Sherina offers and she has the best bedside manner when working with patients also.” Joanne Berry, San Diego
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