Botulinum toxin type A injections (often known as Botox®), is our most popular treatment. Why? It’s simple it works and when given properly it should look natural. Our patients have used it to soften frown lines; forehead lines; crows feet and with care in the lower area of the face. It has proved to be a safe and effective treatment in over 40 medical conditions including excessive sweating under the armpits (Hyperhidrosis).
It works by relaxing the facial muscles that are responsible for facial wrinkles. After a few painless injections you can carry on your normal day and wait for lines to soften over the next 3 – 5 days. This relaxed, fresher look will stay with you for 3 – 4 months. Most people require about 1 session every 3 – 4 months in the first year or 2. We then consider these treatments as part of your ongoing skin care maintenance with sessions 2 -3 times a year.
BOTOX®-Cosmetic was approved by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.
Recently in the UK Vistabel® made by Allergan was approved for cosmetic use as a treatment for frown lines.
Botox®-Cosmetic and Vistabel® are made by a company called Allergan and Dysport® is made by Ipsen Ltd in the UK. These are the brand names for Botulinum toxin.
We love using this treatment but it is important to remember that we provide an assessment of YOU and your needs and can provide other treatments options. Botox® is only one tool in the box, we often combine treatments with an injectable filler or skin rejuvenating techniques, which also helps to freshen your skin by working from the inside and outside.
You can go to many practitioners who will happily inject you as though it was a recipe. However, we have the experience to offer a personal assessment of you and tailor your treatment to you and YES your budget.
Botulinum toxin (or Botox®, Vistabel® and Dysport®) is a natural, purified protein. It has been used for over 20 years in successful and safe treatment of patients with a wide range of medical conditions including cosmetic injections. Botox®, Vistabel® and Dysport® are prescribed drugs which are injected, and must be prescribed by a Doctor or a Dentist.
Botox®-Cosmetic and Vistabel® are made by a company called Allergan and Dysport® is made by Ipsen Ltd in the UK. These are the brand names for Botulinum toxin. This is has grown to be the most popular non-surgical procedure in North America, with over 500,000 men and women treated. It is now approved in 70 countries and has dosing specific for use in cosmetic medicine. It is a simple, quick treatment which is highly effective and can dramatically improve your lines and wrinkles.
Ageing is associated with wrinkle development and furrows. These wrinkles may develop as a result of weakened collagen, sun exposure, gravity and using the muscles of facial expression. As the skin ages it becomes less elastic, repeated use of facial muscles causes lines to become visible and eventually wrinkle.
Botox®, Vistabel® and Dysport® relaxes the muscles by temporarily blocking nerve impulses which causes it to contract. The muscles then rest and the skin overlying and surrounding the muscles are no longer creased becoming smoother and maintaining a more natural or serene appearance.
Areas which respond best are the deep creases between the eyebrows; forehead lines and crows feet radiating from the eyes.
Once you have been assessed, the procedure is very simple and consists of a few tiny injections with a very fine needle. No anaesthetic is needed, however we can provide some anaesthetic cream if you wish. It is really not uncomfortable and we can actually describe it a no more than a slight tingling or stinging feeling.
Afterwards there may be some slight bruising and swelling which fades very quickly. There is no recovery time and you may return to your normal day.
You will see a marked improvement in your lines and wrinkles in a few days but the maximum effect will take up to two weeks. If you have very powerful facial muscles it may take a few treatments to gain complete relaxation.
The effects may last for up to three to four months and then fade. If you wish to continue you should expect to be treated every three to four months. You will not look as though you have obviously had a cosmetic procedure, it will look natural and you will still be able to smile, frown and look surprised.
You may experience some discomfort during injection or tenderness and bruising at the injection site, this soon fades. A rare side effect is drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow, which is temporary and lasts 2-3 weeks. However, the dose used in cosmetic surgery is low and therefore it is well tolerated and general reactions are very unlikely to occur.
There is NO problem with moving or using the treated areas. You should not touch the treated areas for 6 hours and you should not fly for 24 hours. Specific instructions will be given at the procedure.
Prices are a guide only, a free consultation is always recommended.
Men usually need more Botox and maybe charge 10% more.
Extra areas e.g. upper lip, lower face £5 per unit.