BOTOX® is actually a protein – Botulinum Toxin. It is used primarily to relax facial muscles by blocking the nerve impulses to them. This has the effect of softening, reducing and improving facial lines and wrinkles.
It has become so well known, in fact almost a household name, by its celebrity use! However, it is highly effective, affordable, and available to almost everyone.
It is injected into specific muscles, using extremely fine needles with minimal discomfort.
Is it safe ?
BOTOX® has been used for both medical and cosmetic purposes for over 20 years with no known adverse effects. Like most cosmetic treatments, side effects can occur, some clients report mild bruising whilst very occasionally- approximately 1-3% – experience a ‘droopy eyelid’ both, however, can be corrected or will fade in time. To reduce the risk of complications it is important that anti-wrinkle injectables are administered by highly qualified and trained practitioners in a safe clinical environment.
Will my face look frozen ?
No! This is only caused when too much toxin is administered into the area. During your consultation, Dr Davies will talk you through how the treatment can be administered for subtle effects so no one need know what you have had done.
How does it actually work ?
When we use facial expressions like frowning, squinting, pursing our lips we cause the skin to crease. Just like a piece of paper that we fold numerous times eventually a line or wrinkle is formed.
By using BOTOX® injections we are stopping this process happening. Used soon enough we can stop the lines and wrinkles forming as they can often be more difficult to remove once they are deeply established.
What areas can be treated ?
The upper face is the area most often treated with BOTOX® injections.
Forehead lines, number 11 lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, are the most commonly addressed issues.
However, we also use BOTOX® to create a ‘ brow lift’, improve a ‘ gummy smile’, reduce jowls, improve ‘smokers lines’ in the upper lip, to decrease ‘ dimpling’ and ‘ orange peel appearance ‘ of the chin. We use it to reduce armpit and facial sweating.
What can I expect following treatment?
Immediately after treatment, there may be some small areas of redness at the injection sites. Your day can continue pretty much as normal, although strenuous activity should be avoided. A few patients have a minor headache following treatment and some small bruises at the injection sites which resolve very quickly. These can be disguised with makeup if required.
You begin to notice the BOTOX® starting to work after a few days but it doesn’t reach full effect until around 14 days. We arrange a review appointment at around that time to make sure the treatment has been effective.
How long do the effects last ?
The effects of BOTOX® are temporary and last from 3-6 months.
Your wrinkles will start to reappear as the muscles regain their activity, and treatment will require repeating at that stage if you don’t want them to!
The longevity of the treatment tends to improve over time as the muscles are being ‘trained’ to relax.