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Botox injections are a non-surgical treatment designed at reducing and altogether getting rid of deep lines and wrinkles that appear on the face as we age. Botox also prevents new lines from forming by relaxing the facial muscles and reducing excessive facial movements. Botox is Allergan’s trade-name for the protein and neurotoxin ‘Botolinum Toxin’.
There’s no mistaking that facial wrinkles are a sign of age or skin damage. They are lines in the skin caused by repeated muscular activity. Over time, these lines become permanent due to a combination of the repetitive creasing effect and loss of collagen and elastin in skin as it ages. Frowning, smiling or squinting will produce three predictable and familiar facial wrinkle patterns which can all be treated by the use of Botox:
Glabellar wrinkles – vertical frown lines which develop at the top (bridge) of the nose, between the eyebrows.
Forehead lines – horizontal lines produced by the frontalis muscle in the forehead repeatedly lifting the eye brows. The wrinkles usually appear in people in their forties and above, and are more pronounced if you have low brows and excess upper eyelid skin.
Crow’s feet wrinkles – the fine wrinkling lines radiating outwards from the eyes, formed over time by squinting and smiling.
Cosmetic Surgery Partners are experts in the field of non-surgical treatments such as Botox injections. Our surgeons have completed advanced training, and are fully registered, as well as undertaking thousands of successful procedures and moreover happy patients. For more information on Botox call us on 02074 866778 today to speak to a member of our experienced medical team or to book a consultation.
Your first surgery consultation will explore your aims and objectives. Due to its very good safety profile, there is little that can go amiss, but the following are important contraindications, meaning you should not have Botox (Botulinum Neurotoxin) treatment if:
1. You are, or may be, pregnant
2. You have any hypersensitivity to any Botox preparation or its constituents
3. There is active infection around where the Botox is to be injected Whilst not banned, Botox injections should be undertaken with care if you have neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, motor neuropathy and others.
Technically yes. However our experts are adverse to the ‘revolving doors’ patient, meaning if we are to treat someone we want to make sure we have adequate time to go through the consultation process making sure we are offering the very best procedure for your particular instance.
Most patients are surprised as to how painless the procedure is. Most would describe it as a pin prick which only hurts as the initial injection is made.
Following Botox treatment there may be some bruising and slight soreness which can easily be managed using standard pain killers such as Paracetomol.
It is our standard policy to not treat any patients who are under the age of 18. Conversely however, there is no real upper age limit. So long as the patient is in good health there is no reason why Botox could not be applied to older patients.
We have recently found Botox to be very popular for patients who want to look rejuvenated but don’t want to opt for cosmetic surgery.
Yes. Botox has a number of practical uses, one of those being to help cease excessive sweating a condition known as ‘hyperhidrosis’. Our patients have a good track record in helping patients with this condition.
There may be, it depends on your particular instance and desired result. Fortunately through their extensive experience our surgeons are highly knowledgeable on which treatment to apply to attain a given result.
However the truth is if you are looking for permanent results the only solution may be surgery.
That is a decision which is up to you. Cosmetic Surgery Partners preferred method of Botox treatment is done on a ‘see and treat’ basis, meaning patients are given the minimum amount the surgeon feels is necessary, if the desired effect was not achieved more can be added at the next session.
After the first few treatments, many patients find that their successive Botox doses last a little longer. At this stage it is worth noting that on average the effect of Botox tends to last 3-6 months depending on the patient.
It really varies from patient to patient. On average most patients experiences the benefits of Botox some 3-6 months following treatment.
The full effects of your botox treatment won’t be apparent for 4-7 days, but should last at least three months. If you have Botox on a regular basis, the interval in between treatments will grow longer and longer.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Botox is that it will categorically make you look frozen or unable to show facial expressions.
The truth is that is very much up to the administrator. Our surgeons and nurses are experts in producing natural looking results that will be hard to detect.
In the early days it was common for the muscles to be completely paralysed, giving rise to the ‘frozen look’ (aka Fro-tox). However our surgeons have moved away from such an obvious look and prefer to retain some degree of natural movement (No-Tox). Your surgeon will be able to advise you further during your cosmetic surgery consultation.
Botox injections contain Botulinum neurotoxin Type A (BoNTA) which blocks the chemical signals from nerve endings that stimulate the facial muscles. As well as causing a temporary wrinkle reduction effect, it also seems to allow Botox-treated skin to recover. The wrinkle lines soften and regular treatment may even cause them to disappear, unless the wrinkles are particularly deep.
Botox is a safe and proven method of reducing frown lines and wrinkles, it has long been used as a medical procedure, and was used more than 40 years ago as a treatment for squint. It is still used now for a host of other medical conditions, including excessive sweating, bladder instability, migraines or to treat muscle spasms in children.
However, it’s vital to remember that it is a toxin, and should only be administered by fully qualified medical personnel. All surgeons here at Cosmetic Surgery Partners are British trained, fully qualified and registered on the GMC specialist register as specialist cosmetic surgeons.
As opposed to surgical procedures patients needing Botox treatment can be seen the same day, given that the surgeon deems the Botox as the right course of treatment for your individual case.
You will be asked to move your face to demonstrate how the wrinkles are formed. The skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and then a fine needle used to inject the Botox.
The entire process normally takes just 10-15 minutes, and although you may have some reddened and swollen areas around the injection sites, these should settle within the hour.
Some people like to request a local anaesthetic cream before the treatment. If this is the case, we ask that you arrive 45 minutes earlier than your appointment.
Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for 24 hours, although you are encouraged to move your facial muscles as normal. You can return to normal daily activities immediately afterwards, but avoid strenuous sport for 24 hours.
You may wash your face as normal, but avoid make-up for 24 hours.
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The London Welbeck Hospital,
27 Welbeck Street,
0207 486 6778