When the elasticity in our skin reduces, fine lines and wrinkles appear. It’s a normal part of aging, and often a sign of a fulfilling, busy lifestyle because sun exposure, stress and alcohol consumption all have an impact on when they start to form. Anti-wrinkle injections or “Botox” as it’s commonly known has been used by medical practitioners for over four decades as a way to reduce these wrinkles and prevent further lines appearing.
They work by relaxing the muscles in your face and limiting movement, making it difficult for lines to get deeper or for new wrinkles to form. The product contains a purified protein called botulinum toxin and is administered as a series of small injections into the muscles of your face. We use a sprinkle technique, which avoids frozen features and creates a refreshed, natural look.
Read the answers to the most commonly asked questions below. Or, book a consultation with one of our specialists and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.
Antiwrinkle injections, also known as Botox, are made up of a natural, purified protein product, which is administered into the facial muscles. The treatment temporarily relaxes these muscles to reduce any fine lines and wrinkles. Limiting the movement also helps prevent future development and deepening of lines and wrinkles.
It can be used on several areas of the face, including the forehead, eyes, brow, nose, jaw, and glabella (frown lines). It’s a very versatile procedure and can be used for many other medical conditions too. Although it’s often associated as an anti-wrinkle treatment, it can be used to treat migraines and severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) with excellent results.
The first step is to have a complimentary consultation to talk through the procedure and any concerns you may have. Our experienced clinicians will take a full medical history and offer advice on aftercare. We’ll answer all your questions and help you decide whether Botox is right for you.
The treatment itself
Botox is an efficient treatment, and our expert technique ensures it’s as comfortable an experience as possible.
Using a small needle, the clinician will administer a series of injections into the muscles of your face. This only takes a few minutes, so you’ll experience minimal discomfort. After two weeks, we’ll review the results and add a top up treatment if necessary.
Botox, or botulinum toxin, has been in medical use for more than four decades and is known to be a safe and effective treatment. When administered by an experienced medical professional, there are minimal risks, and it will only affect the relevant muscles – not reaching any other part of the body. It’s also a relatively quick procedure with minimal recovery, so you’ll be back to your daily routine in next to no time.
While many people experience no side effects at all, there are a few risks associated with Botox. The most common is a mild bruising to the site of the injection, which is often short-lived. Some people also experience mild headaches, but again, these usually pass within 24 hours. Other complications can include infection, drooping brow, and allergic reactions.
We’ll discuss all these side effects and potential risks in detail in advance of the treatment at your complimentary face-to-face consultation.
Most people carry on their day as normal after a Botox treatment. It’s best to take it easy, avoiding strenuous exercise, extreme heat (like a sauna), alcohol, or any other facial treatments for 24 hours. But after that, you can return to your usual routine.
We also suggest keeping your facial muscles active after the procedure to help the treatment take effect. You should also avoid any unnecessary touching of your face for 24-hours.
In advance of any injectable procedure, you’ll receive a thorough consultation with an experienced medical practitioner, who will advise you on all precautions and aftercare requirements.
You should avoid Botox treatment if any of the following are relevant:
Our clinicians can advise you on alternatives to Botox if required and will talk you through these risks as well as any other concerns you may have.
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*Results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as age, medical history and lifestyle.