Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is used to relax muscles. It has been used in the NHS for over 30 years for medical purposes, including migraine, muscles spasms, cerebral palsy, excessive sweating, bladder instability and squints. In fact, it was noted that after injecting squints with Botox that wrinkles diminished on the treated side. It was then introduced into the aesthetic world. With its extensive history in the NHS, it has a vast amount of safety data and has become the most common aesthetic procedure. Botox is used to treat dynamic lines (ones which appear when you smile, or frown).
Common sites are crows’ feet around the eyes, forehead lines and the frown between the brows. Other areas that can be treated include muscles causing a gummy smile, sad downturned mouth, strong muscle bands in the neck and sagging jawline. Botox is a useful medical treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and jaw clenching (bruxism). Results can be tailored to suit each individual, whether you prefer a frozen look or a softer more natural appearance.
At a Glance
30-60 minutes depending on area.
How Long Before You See Results
It usually takes about 4 days for botulinum toxin to take effect, with full effect by 2 weeks.
Common side effects include some initial swelling immediately after your injections, which goes down within 30 minutes. Bruising can occur. Rarely people may complain of twitching in their muscles, headaches or nausea for a few hours; Very rarely drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow may occur.
Number of Treatments
One treatment is required, with a complimentary review at 2 weeks to make adjustments if necessary.
Duration of Results
Botox lasts between 3-6 months, depending on the individual’s metabolism.
Very fine needles are used for injecting, so no anaesthetic is required.
Prices start from £220.
Immediately after treatment do not apply make-up, lie down or drink excessive alcohol. Avoid extreme exercise for 24hours. For the first 2 weeks wash your face gently, pat dry, avoid facials and extremes of temperature (saunas/steam rooms).
Very informative consultation explaining chosen procedure. I felt very confident after such an in-depth discussion with Dr Hill to go ahead with treatment.
Excellent service with honest and informative advice. I totally trusted Lorraine to freshen my face and not to give me a surprised doll like look! I will be returning. Beautiful setting too.
Frequently Asked Questions
How frequently do I need Botox?
Botox effects are only temporary. It is most common for clients to require retreating after 3-4months, but many individuals find their Botox does not wear off for up to 6 months. Some people have a treatment only occasionally for a special event.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Pregnancy and breast feeding are absolute contra-indications to treatment. Some health conditions including nerve and muscle damage may be unsuitable for Botox treatments.
Is there any down time?
There is rarely any down time with Botox, however, treatment would be best avoided just before a special social occasion in case of bruising.
How soon can I travel after using Botox?
You are able to fly immediately after Botox.
When can I have a drink after using Botox?
It is recommended not to drink heavily within 24 hours. It is best to avoid anything that may increase blood flow to the face that may cause Botox to spread to the wrong muscles. One or two drinks is unlikely to cause a problem.
When can I exercise?
It is recommended not to exercise heavily within 24 hours. It is best to avoid anything that may increase blood flow to the face that may cause Botox to spread to the wrong muscles.
Am I too young? When is the best time to start?
We treat clients of all ages. Deep expression lines can set in, in your early 20’s or if you are lucky not until your 50’s or 60’s. The best time to start a Botox treatment is before the lines get too deep. If you catch them early the lines can be removed completely, if they have already set in, it can take some time for them to soften, and there may always be a faint line there.
I want to look natural, I don’t want a shiny forehead, is that possible?
Results of a Botox treatment are dose dependant, if you want to reduce the deep lines but still retain some muscle movement, we use less product. If you still have some movement in your forehead it won’t become shiny.