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Anti-Wrinkle injections (BotoX)

Smooth fine lines and wrinkles

  • Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly known as ‘Botox’ injections.  
  • Botox contains the Botulinum toxin, which is a natural protein used to temporarily relax face muscles.  
  • As a result of the muscles relaxing, lines and wrinkles are temporarily prevented from forming.
  • Botox is a prescription only medicine, and whilst it is the UK’s most popular anti-wrinkle treatment, it must be prescribed by a suitably qualified medical practitioner, following a face-to-face consultation.
  • Following a consultation, if you are suitable for treatment, it can be used to temporarily smooth “expression lines“, such as frown and surprise lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes.
  • Gone are the days of a completely frozen forehead with no movement.  
  • Most people now aim for a more natural look.  By targeting problem areas with small injections of Botox, it is possible to still keep movement, whilst subtly enhancing your appearance.
  • Contact me today for a free consultation to see if Botox is suitable for you.  Restore your inner confidence!
  • Most patients will notice the effect of Botox injections after 3 – 5 days, with best results after 14 days.
  • Botox lasts about 3 – 6 months, but your first treatment might wear off slightly faster. 
  • Results last longer after several sessions because the skin has more time to regenerate collagen and fill in those lines and wrinkles.
  1. Firstly, contact me to arrange a face-to-face consultation and treatment, at a time and place convenient for you.
  2. I’ll need to fully understand your medical history to ensure that giving the chosen treatment will be safe.
  3. After that, we can discuss what you would like to achieve from the treatment and if suitable, prepare you for the injections.
  4. Botox injections are not usually painful; hence most people can tolerate them well.  
  5. The injections will take about 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Post treatment, we can then discuss aftercare and arrange any follow up reviews.
  •  To prevent infection, try not to touch the area and surrounding areas for 24 hours.
  • Do not consume excessive alcohol for 24 hours, as this can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s).
  • Avoid exercise / excessive sweating for 24 hours.  
  • Try not to lie down or lean forward for 2 – 4 hours after treatment.
  • Limit wearing makeup or concealer straight after the treatment to help prevent infection.
  • For 1 week, do not have facial massages or apply excessive pressure to the treated areas.  This should include avoiding tight fitting hats or motorbike helmets.
  • For the first 1 – 2 hours after treatment, without rubbing or massaging the area, try to use the injected muscles: practice frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting.  This can help work the Botox into your muscles.
  • Avoid direct sun, sunbeds, and saunas for 3 – 4 days after the procedure.
  • And remember to use your sun screen every day!  The sun is the single most cause for early ageing of the skin – it is much cheaper to prevent wrinkles than treat them.  
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the effects on the baby are not known.
  • Below the age of 18.
  • Suffering from a cold, flu, or other illnesses.
  • About to fly within 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Have a skin infection or dermatosis (e.g. psoriasis or eczema) or are suffering from a cold sore at the time of treatment.
  • Taking certain medicines.
  • Suffer from certain allergies.
  • Botox is a prescription-only medicine, subsequently, if not used correctly there can be serious consequences.
  • Beware of going down the bargain-basement path.  Always ensure that your aesthetic practitioner is a medically trained professional and aware of how to treat complications.
  • Because Botox injections wear off over time, most side effects are only temporary.
  • Possible side effects of Botox include:
    Drooping of the eyelid or brow if injected near the eye
    Weakness or paralysis of nearby muscles
    Hive, rashes, or itching
    Pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling, numbness, or redness
    Headache
    Dry mouth
    Flu-like symptoms
    Nausea
    Trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
    Blurry vision or vision problems
  • Very occasionally the treatment may fail to work because your body’s own antibodies naturally try and fight the toxin: however, this happens in less than 1 percent of the people who have repeated Botox treatments.
  • It is especially important not to rub or massage the injection area after having Botox treatment.  If you do, it could spread the toxin to the surrounding skin, causing muscle drooping or other problems.
  • Botox is a prescription only medicine.  Choose a qualified medical professional to perform the procedure.
  • By law, the person prescribing Botox or Filler should be a doctor, nurse prescriber, dentist, or prescribing pharmacist.  Guidelines by the General Medical Council (GMC) state that they should meet you face to face (Skype does not count) or risk being struck off.  
  • Be aware that in a lot of cases, this is not always happening.  Some practitioners still give Botox without referring clients to prescribers at all.  In other cases, prescribers are issuing client prescriptions based on just a phone call.
  • Remember – whilst the person prescribing the treatment can delegate the injections to another person, they are still responsible to ensure they are given safely.  If they are not present, walk away.
  • Ask for a treatment plan to outline how much work you need, how often you will need to return and what aftercare you’ll need to undertake.