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What is Botox®?
Botox® is the trade name for the commercial version of Botulinum Toxin, made by the company Allergan. It’s been used for treating wrinkles since the 90s and is the most common cosmetic procedure in the world.
Botox has undergone extensive clinical trials and is licensed for cosmetic use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Botox is a prescribed medicine - you must see a Doctor or Nurse before you can obtain a prescription.
What is Botox® used for?
Botox can be used to smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in these areas. It can also be used preventatively, to delay the signs of ageing.
Botox can also treat some other conditions like excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), a gummy smile or grinding teeth and severe migraines.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
One of our doctors or nurses will carry out a full consultation beforehand to establish if Botox is suitable for you. They will need to know details about your medical history; for example, if you have any allergies.
It’s advisable to avoid Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, unless it is absolutely necessary for medical reasons. If you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance that you may be, please let your doctor or nurse know before the procedure.
What happens during the procedure?
To begin with, your skin will be cleaned and any makeup will be removed.
When used to treat wrinkles, Botox is injected into the muscles with a fine needle. If it’s used for migraines, it’s injected into the muscles in the head or neck as well. When treating excessive sweating, it’s injected into the skin of the armpit.
Botox shouldn’t hurt if it’s administered correctly by a trained professional but you may feel some slight discomfort. A session typically takes no more than 10 minutes and you can get back to normal activities afterwards.
What are the side effects or risks?
Side effects are rare but some people may experience some redness or mild bruising at the site of the injection, and very occasionally the area might temporarily ache.
What results can I typically expect?
We’ll aim to give you a natural looking appearance, so you won’t look plastic or surprised like you can from some Botox treatments. You’ll also still be able to look expressive.
You’ll start to see the results after about 5 days and the full results will be visible after a week or two. The effects typically last about four to six months but may last up to a year when used to treat excessive sweating. You can return for a further course of treatment once the results start fading.
The results will vary depending on how deep your wrinkles are. Minor creases may disappear but deeper ones may need more invasive cosmetic procedures.
Before your procedure
Like with any medical procedure, it’s important to think carefully about why you want the treatment and what you expect to get out of it. We can discuss this at your consultation. On the day of your treatment, please limit drinking alcohol beforehand.
You can return to normal activities afterwards but avoid rubbing the treated area, carrying out strenuous physical activities, or drinking alcohol.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use Botox® and not a Dermal Filler?
The action of Botox® is to weaken muscles, therefore it reduces lines caused by these muscles such as crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines. Dermal fillers give support to the skin where it needs it but do not affect wrinkles caused by muscles.
How long has Botox® been used for wrinkles?
The effect of Botox® was first discovered in the early 1990’s by Drs Jean and Alistair Caruthers. Botox® has now been used by millions of patients throughout the world. The toxin itself has been used for 20 years or so medically.
I am pregnant – can I have Botox®?
No doctor or nurse will inject pregnant women with Botox® – if you think you might be, please tell the doctor or nurse carrying out your treatment. Obviously the doses used are very small and one would not envisage ANY harm from inadvertent use of Botox® in early pregnancy, however it is conventional not to go ahead with any treatment in this situation.
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