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Botox (Anti-Wrinkle Injections)
The Botox® treatment is continually evolving and becoming more versatile, with the ability to treat a wide range of cosmetic and physical concerns such as: wrinkles (forehead lines, crow’s feet/lines around eyes), headaches, asymmetrical brows and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chin dimpling, and even to reduce the size of the calves.
As we age, fine lines and wrinkles can develop with increased expressive movement in the muscles under the surface of the skin, and a weakening of collagen and elastin. Initially, they are dynamic – only present when moving your face – but with time they will progress to become static lines or wrinkles which are visible at rest.
How does Botox® work?
In one quick treatment, the Botulinum Toxin injections are injected into the underlying muscles. The substance works to temporarily relax these muscles, causing the overlying skin to smooth, with the appearance of wrinkles visibly reduced.
What does the treatment involve?
The process begins with a consultation where we will discuss your reason for treatment and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Botox®.
During the treatment, the toxin is administered using a needle. The number of injections will vary depending on the size of the area, and the severity of the concern. You may feel a very slight scratch as the needle enter the skin. A topical anaesthetic can be applied to minimise discomfort.
In some cases, the aesthetician may administer a lower dosage than initially expected. It is common practice when treating forehead wrinkles, particularly if you have a small forehead. It is vital to assess how your muscles react to the treatment to avoid eyebrow or eyelid drooping. The aesthetician will discuss a follow-up appointment to administer the rest of the Botox®.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
- Those who have tried topical skin care products with no avail
- Those who have fine lines or wrinkles
- Those who have dimpling of the chin
- Those looking for a preventative measure for fine lines and wrinkles
- Those who suffer from migraines
- Those who have mildly hooded or sagging eyelids
- Those who have asymmetry of the eyebrows or which to improve the shape of their eyebrows
Prices for Botox
The treatment is quick and convenient and affordable, most noteworthy that it is very safe in the hands of specialists.
1 Area – from £190
2 Areas – from £275
3 Areas – from £350
Full Face – from £400
Masseter – from £450
When can results be seen and are they permanent?
Usually within 48 hours, but it can take up to 2 weeks to see the full effect of Botox®. The permanency varies from patient to patient but usually starts to wear off after around 12 weeks.
When is the best time to start?
When you’re young, the skin can use muscles to make expressions and lines without the lines remaining etched into the surface. However, with ageing, the supportive proteins that give your skin the ability to ‘bounce back’ from repetitive movements and plump out the lines start to diminish, and the edges become furrowed in the skin. Many patients find that these lines begin to become static (present at rest) around their mid to late twenties. It’s at this time when it’s best to start treating them with Botox®, as you can assume they will worsen with time.
Is there any downtime?
No, there is no downtime, but you may experience slight bruising at the injection site
How long is the treatment?
Botox® takes approximately 5-20 minutes, with 30 minutes before the appointment to allow the numbing cream to take effect when treating wrinkles. For other techniques, the treatment time may be longer.
Will make face look frozen?
Botox® is a widely available treatment. However, Botox® is a prescription-only medicine so only specialists with suitable training and experience should administer it. The unwanted side effects of botulinum toxin treatment, such as a frozen appearance, heavy eyelids or a shocked expression, are usually the result of novice application so choosing an experienced practitioner is crucial. Botox® can be tailored to your aesthetic desires so you can choose to have more movement of the muscles (baby Botox®) if you desire.
What does Botox® feel like once it's been injected?
Once the Botox® has bound with the muscles, patients typically won’t ‘feel’ or realise that the substance is there until they actively attempt to recruit the tissue that it has been injected. Some patients have reported a sporadic tickling sensation or a ‘dried-glue-like’ sensation within the first 48 hours, which quickly subsided.
What's the difference between Botox® and fillers?
Botox® treats wrinkles by targeting the underlying muscle that wrinkles the overlying skin. It restricts the contraction of the muscle it is injected into so that the overlying skin appears smooth.
Fillers can also be used to treat wrinkles in other areas where Botox® may not be suitable, such as the nasolabial lines, and marionette lines. They work by filling the space with hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance that is found within the body.
Can Botox® make my eyebrows or eyelids droop?
This effect occurs when the substance migrates to the frontalis muscle or if too much Botox® has been injected. It can also occur If you already have low set eyebrows or a small forehead, or when the Botox® has been sub-optimally placed. The effects will gradually wear off, but always ensure you visit a reputable injector who understands the anatomy of the injected area and has plenty of experience.
Can Botox® be dissolved / reversed?
Unlike fillers, Botox® cannot be dissolved. However, the effects will gradually subside within 4-6 months.
Can I have Botox® if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
You should not have Botox® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the effects of Botox® on the baby are unknown.
How many injections are there in a treatment?
The exact amount of injections varies from patient to patient, depending on the treatment concern and the size of the area receiving treatment.
Is Botox® Safe?
Botox® has been used for over 20 years and is used worldwide in 78 countries. The safety and efficacy of Botox® Cosmetic have been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.
Adverse side effects may include muscle weakness, trouble breathing and speaking or swallowing and vision problems. More common side effects due to incorrect placement of the product include drooping of the brows, bruising and redness. Correct technique will minimise the risk of the treatment going wrong.
Botox® should only be administered by a trained and certified healthcare professional such as an aesthetic nurse, doctor or plastic surgeon. You should always make sure your Botox® is delivered in a clean and sterile environment such as a clinic. A physician with vast experience will know where to inject, how far to insert, and how many units of the toxin to pump to get the best results. You can also help to improve the chances of having great results with proper aftercare.
Is it painful?
Are Botox® injections painful?
Each patient’s pain threshold varies, but generally, cosmetic Botox® isn’t considered as painful. You may feel a slight sting as the injection is inserted and a topical anaesthetic isn’t usually required (but is available if desired).
However, Botox® for Hyperhidrosis may be more uncomfortable as the treated areas are more sensitive. Therefore, a topical anaesthetic may be used.
Minimise the risks
See a reputable provider who purchases Botox® Cosmetic directly from Allergan or a distributor authorized by Allergan. Ask to see the vial of Botox® Cosmetic that the specialist will use during your treatment. The vial will have the Botox® Cosmetic logo and also have a holographic image that says Allergan.