Botox® (botulinum toxin type A) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles by a fully qualified nurse prescriber or doctor.
Botox® is used to temporarily improve both early signs of aging but also further aged and mature skins to achieve a smoother more youthful appearance, reduce the presence of crow’s feet (around the eyes) and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. Botulinum toxin can also be used to prevent sweating commonly unarms and to relieve strong jaw muscles which alter the face shape.
£260 is for one area of Botox®
Wrinkle Smoothing Treatment FAQs
Obviously, only a consultation will be able to establish this. Generally speaking, if you have lines around the face which are due to muscle contraction, i.e. in the frown area between your eyebrows, then Botox will help smooth this.
Depending on how deep the line is, Botox will undoubtedly help and most times smooth it away. However, if the line is very deep, sometimes further treatment with an injectable skin filler is required in order to get total smoothing of the skin.
It is important to understand that whilst Botox is well tolerated by most people, patients who are pregnant or have neurologic or muscle disease should not be treated.
At our clinic, we are acutely aware of the ability that Botox has to ‘freeze’ ones face and erase all expression. Which is why experience has taught us that, in fact, less is more.
This is to say that our aim is not to freeze or immobilise all your facial muscles because doing so would make you look extremely strange. What we want to do is selectively address the problem areas, whilst allowing other facial muscles to still operate.
Basically, our philosophy is to soften the lines while maintaining normal movements to a degree. In fact, we like to call our treatments ‘Soft Botox’ because it doesn’t lead to that harsh or stiff frozen look.
When injected into a given area Botox, which is the trade name of Botulinum toxin type A, reversibly blocks the impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines.
By doing this, the muscles cannot contract or move well enough and therefore tend to relax. When muscles relax, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles continue to contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Any muscle activity on the body can be targeted with botox. However, it is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes. Whilst it does work around the mouth, chin and neck area, the benefits must always outweigh any possible weakness of the mouth muscles.
This, of course, will be discussed with you prior to any treatment. Smile lines are usually best dealt with either by injectable fillers, or laser resurfacing.
Typically Botox treatments start to take effect from about the 3rd day after the injections. It may or may not be associated with some very minor tingling which disappears within a day or so. However, you must understand that it may take up to 10 days for the full effects of your treatment to be seen.