Azzalure is a purified protein which is injected into specific muscles in the face to temporarily relax them, softening facial expressions and helping to reverse the signs of ageing.
Azzalure’s active ingredient (botulinum toxin type A) has been used cosmetically for more than 10 years and it has also been used to treat certain medical conditions in the UK for over 20 years.
Azzalure is now licensed to treat frown lines, but must be prescribed after consultation with a qualified healthcare professional
Azzalure normally takes an average of 2 to 3 days to start working, although it may take a little long for the full effects to be seen. The speed of action will depend on the strength of your facial muscles and your individual response to the injection.
Like all medicines, Azzalure can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. any reactions are generally minimal, temporary, and typically relate to the injection itself.
There may be slight discomfort as the needle enters the skin. There is also the possibility of bruising or bleeding at injection sites.
Very rarely, botulinum toxin may result in muscle weakness away from the site of the injection. If you experience any discomfort you should consult your GP.
Other potential side effects are listed in the Azzalure Patient Information Leaflet, please ask if you would like one.
Before injecting azzalure any make-up will be removed and the skin disinfected. Your practitioner will then study your facial muscles to see how they work, as individuals can differ. The injections should be painless, but a local anaesthetic cream can be used prior to treatment.
To treat frown lines, Azzalure is injected with a fine needle above and in between your eyebrows. The treatment session will last around 15 minutes and you can return to your usual daily activities immediately afterwards.
Your practitioner should tell you more about how to look after your skin following treatment with Azzalure, but as a reminder here are some aftercare tips.
For at least 4 hours after treatment
For 12 hours after treatment
For 2 days after treatment
For 2 weeks after treatment
Remember: the affects of Azzalure are temporary, ask your practitioner when they recommend your return for re-treatment.