BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxon)
Botox® (Botulinum Toxin) is a popular treatment for lines and wrinkle reduction. A full medical assessment will be carried out prior to any treatment to ensure it is suitable for you. Botox® (Botulinum Toxin) can only be administered by a train medical practitioner.
After the Botox® treatment, the skin in and around the area will look more smooth and the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines will be reduced. You will look well-rested and fresh rather than you have had a procedure.
FAQ / INFORMATION
What is Botox and is it safe?
Botox is a purified protein derived from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. Botox is a prescription only medicine (POM) and therefore can only be administered by a trained, qualified medical professional. (Botulinum Toxin type A) has been used medically for a multitude of treatments for over 30 years to treat disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's. It has been licensed for aesthetic treatments for over 10 years in the UK and nearly 20 years in the US. The safety record for Botox is extremely robust, with over one million procedures carried out each year in the UK alone.
I'm scared of looking 'frozen', do you offer Baby Botox?
'Botox, when administered responsibly, does not remove all facial expressions. The frozen look is often a result of excessive procedures and therefore 'Baby Botox' is referred to as a lighter touch Botox to preserve a natural look and give a fresh and well-rested appearance. All procedures are tailored to each individual and the placement of the injections is fine tuned to ensure a natural expression rather than a frozen look.
Do I need a consultation prior to treatment?
Consultation is vital as your practitioner will need to undertake a full medical assessment to ensure that you are medically suitable for treatment and to discuss the results you are hoping to achieve. Botox injections are not suitable for those who are pregnant and/or breast feeding or have a neuromuscular condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, and Bell’s Palsy. If you are taking any medication(s), you will be required to bring a list, stating the dosage, to your consultation.
Does the procedure hurt?
Most patients find the treatment very tolerable and virtually painless but this may differ between clients. Client comfort is extremely important and every effort is taken to minimise any discomfort. Anaesthetic creams are used as required at no extra cost.
What is the down-time and are there any side effects?
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox are relatively quick treatments with no real recovery time needed, meaning you can get on with the rest of your day following treatment. Side effects are rare but if they do occur they are usually mild and temporary. there have been no known long-term harmful effects. Potential side effects may include:
Slight bruising and swelling from the injection sites are experienced by some clients but not all.
Paralysis of the muscles in the outer edge of the eyebrow. This elevates the edge of the brow. (this can be corrected easily by your practitioner).
A mild weakness or paralysis of the upper eyelid (ptosis), this is less common and will usually heal over 2-3 weeks
A detailed list of potential side effects can be obtained from your practitioner at your consultation.
When can I see results and how long does it last?
It takes 2-3 weeks to completely see the results although some clients may see results more quickly, particularly around the eye area. The Botox effect continues typically for 4 months but may last longer. Some clients choose to attend a follow-up (review) appointment at that 2-3 week point post-procedure where we will review the results together.
Can Botox be used with other treatments?
It is safe to have more than one procedure at a time and clients often opt for dermal fillers to complement their Botox procedure. Other treatments can also be combined including chemical peels and Dermaroller techniques. Your practitioner will advise you ethically and honestly on how to best achieve the results you are looking for. However, if this is your first injectable procedure, you may be required to wait until the 2-3 week follow-up appointment, where your practitioner will assess how well you have responded to your first procedure before considering another treatment.