Botulinum Toxin is used to alleviate the face of wrinkles and lines and reduce frowning and squinting. A wrinkle is normally formed perpendicular to a contracting muscle located directly beneath it. Cosmetic Botox is injected into the muscles beneath a wrinkle where it stops nerve impulses to those tissues. Without a muscle contracting underneath it, the skin finds it more difficult to wrinkle. The result? A smoother, more rejuvenated face!
Lines that aren’t best treated with Botox are those facial lines that appear when your face is completely relaxed. These lines are better tackled by using cheek fillers or Dermal Fillers. Botulinum Toxin often makes these lines less prominent but doesn’t always remove them entirely. Botox is often confused with injectable fillers, such as cheek fillers and Dermal Fillers but these work differently, plumping up tissues to lessen the effects of wrinkles and lines.
There’s a common misconception that all Botox injections are the same. This is not the case. Different amounts are needed for different types of wrinkles. Botox is measured in units and most vials of Botulinum Toxin are made up of 100 units, which are then separated into smaller units when they are put into the injection needles. Your qualified ANP Skin Clinic will determine the safe and suitable amount of Botox units needed to help you achieve your desired facial features. Typically, men need two to three more units per treatment than women, especially in the glabella (the area between the eyes), where a male’s muscles might be stronger.
By their nature, any injection can hurt, but with the needles utilised in Botox being very small, there is usually very little pain involved. The areas being treated can be numbed prior to injections being administered so our clients might may not feel much pain, if any.
There may be slight swelling or redness around the injection site for a short time and some people complain of a mild headache.
Though not all clients that receive Botulinum Toxin treatments achieve the same results, for the majority of people, desired effects last about three to four months before their benefits start to fade. The more Botox units it takes to treat the targeted area the harder it will have to work to keep stronger muscles from contracting and causing wrinkles, so you may need more regular top-up treatments, exceeding the typical top-up treatments every four months.
It’s also important to note that older people with less muscle tone might see the fresh-faced effects of Botulinum Toxin disappear quicker than people with younger, firmer facial muscles.
An ANP Skin Clinic expert will conduct a personal consultation with you to outline any risk Botox treatment brings and answer any of your questions so you are comfortable throughout the treatment process. During this pre-treatment assessment the nurse will decide which muscles should be treated to give the results you want to achieve. A full medical history and consent are taken. Once a anesthetic cream has been applied, a small fine needle is used to inject the Botox and the treatment only takes a few minutes.
No downtime is usually necessary after treatment.
It can take between 3 to 7 days to see the desired effect and sometimes up to two weeks following a treatment session to see the final effect.
Botulinum Toxin is ideal for any man or woman who wishes to rid their face of wrinkles and lines to achieve a more youthful and refreshed profile. It is not an advisable treatment if you are pregnant, breast feeding, over 65-years-old or suffer with a neuromuscular disorder.
If you have difficulty swallowing, bleeding issues, plan to have surgery or have had facial surgery in the past or weakness in your forehead muscles, we wouldn’t recommend this treatment for you. Also, if you have breathing issues, such as asthma, drooping eyelids, allergies to the ingredients in Botox, or suffer from a skin condition or other condition in the area you would like to receive Botox injections in, we wouldn’t suggest that you under-go treatment.
Our expert will determine if you are suitable for Botox treatment during your personal consultation.
Alternative treatments include:
£160, although prices vary according to the amount of botulinum toxin units used.
You may have heard a lot about the side effects of Botox. In actual fact, treatments have been performed aesthetically for over a decade with no serious side effects reported. Occasionally, people have complained of suffering from a dry mouth, fatigue, headache and neck pain. There is possibly the temporary side effect which causes drooping of the eyelid. This rare effect is temporary and will resolve on its own. Another result that is among some of the more rarer Botox side effects includes numbness that results from being unable to move a muscle.
You may have come across accounts of muscle spasms when reading about Botox side effects but these spasms in the area of the injections do not occur while the treatment is active (in the three-four month period following treatment).