Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and it is the best known brand on the market, although there are other brands which we also use. Botox works by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, resulting in a dramatically smoother and more youthful appearancec. The effects are renowned for being so effective and outstanding, which has resulted in this becoming the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world!
How treatment works
Using a tiny needle, Small amounts of the protein are injected into the muscles under the skin where wrinkles are most troublesome. This is done using a tiny needle. The wrinkles disappear as the protein temporarily blocks the nerve signal to the muscle, with effects lasting for three months or more.
Areas suitable for treatment
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes
- Forehead lines
Many other areas can be treated according to your needs. These might be an eyebrow lift, wrinkles around the lips, dimples on the chin, neck cords (turkey neck), wrinkling of the nose (bunny nose) and the jaw muscles (to help prevent jaw clenching).
Is it safe? Is it uncomfortable?
The safety of the product is well documented and established beyond doubt. Millions of people worldwide have had these injections.
There are a few circumstances where treatment is not recommended. Those with myasthenia gravis which affect muscles can not have treatment. It is also not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women.
The injections are virtually painless and at most,, may cause a minor stinging discomfort. As the needles are so small, the risk of any bleeding or bruising is minimal.
Are there any side-effects?
Side effects are uncommon and temporary – you may experience a mild headache and/or bruising or tenderness at the injection site. On rare occasions the treatment may not be effective as some people are immune to the effects of Botox.
When injecting close to the eye there is a very small chance (significantly less than 1%) of developing a temporary drooping of the eye lid. If this occurs drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally.
A common concern that is mentioned to us is about having a “frozen face” after treatment. The reason this would ever occur is due to a sub-standard injection technique, and you can be confident that this will not occur when in the hands of our extremely professional and experienced practitioners.
Always mention if you have any concerns. We would much rather talk these through with you, than for you to have any stress. We want you to enjoy your experience here at West Lakeland Medical Group.
After your visit
It is important that for six hours after treatment you avoid hot baths, alcohol, and exercise. This can increase the flow of blood to the treated area and dilute the effectiveness of the procedure. It is important to avoid touching the area that has been treated as this may actually force the product beyond the intended area. We do encourage you to actively use the treated muscles frequently during this initial period as this may enhance the effect.
Wrinkles normally diminish after two or three days, and your complete results are usually seen within ten days. On average the effects last three to four months, but with repeated treatments the results may last longer.
Call us on 07936 445639 to talk about the results that you are looking for.