Botox is commonly used to help restore a younger, fresher look to the face and is suitable for both men and women of all ages although usually most effective in the 25 to 70 age group. Specifically, Botox injections are good for treating the crow’s feet wrinkles that appear at the corners of the eyes as well as the horizontal lines on the forehead and vertical lines between the eyebrows.
Many patients opt for Botox injections as a treatment for wrinkles as there’s no surgery involved and it doesn’t result in scarring. Plus, there’s very little time required for recovery. That said, you should only go ahead with Botox once you’ve weighed up the pros and cons, and had a detailed consultation with us to determine whether this treatment is right for you.
During treatment, a minute quantity of Botox is injected into the muscles that cause these wrinkling and this temporarily prevents nerve signals from reaching the muscle. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the lines and wrinkles become smoother and less pronounced. We can give you a good indication of the results we are likely to achieve once you have attended your initial consultation.
Treatment can take as little as 20 minutes and you will be able to return to normal activities almost immediately. The smoothing effects typically last for three to four months but with repeated treatments the relaxed and softened effects will last longer, up to 6 or 7 months in many cases. There should be at least 12 weeks between treatments. If not then we will review your results and top you up for free.
While Botox is a relatively straight forward procedure which carries minimal risk, there are things that could go wrong. For example, too much Botox can leave you with that ‘overly Botoxed’ look. Or if the Botox is injected into the wrong areas, your face can look ‘unbalanced’.
Most problems arise when Botox is administered by an inexperienced practitioner. At present, there is very little regulation for people who offer Botox treatment. Indeed, people can undertake a short, basic training scheme and then advertise themselves as Botox specialists. This is why there are lots of beauty salons which offer Botox.
You can minimise the risk of your treatment going wrong, or failing to give the results you would like, by opting to have your Botox administered by our experienced plastic surgeon, Adam Goodwin. Adam has carried out thousands of Botox treatments since 2009 and has an excellent track record in getting great results.
Before you decide to go ahead with treatment we will discuss the pros and cons so that you can make a fully informed decision.
If you do decide to go ahead, you need to know there is a chance of tenderness, mild redness, swelling or bruising following treatment, but these are usually very short-term and or in the case of bruises, be small and last for only a few days.
Studies have not been performed on women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and although treatments are not thought to be dangerous, it’s best to avoid Botox injections during this time.
If you have any diseases involving nerve damage or muscle weakness, like Myasthenia Gravis, then line and wrinkle treatments are not recommended. It’s important to tell us if you have a family history of any diseases, even if you haven’t been directly affected.
If you would like to explore the difference that Botox injections could make to your face, please book to meet us an initial consultation.
This is an opportunity for us to assess the skin on your face and the area or areas you wish to be treated. It’s important that we understand at the very outset what you want to achieve so that we can give you a clear assessment about whether your expectations can be met.
Also, the initial assessment enables us to talk you through what’s involved in administering Botox to give you an improved but still natural look, and it gives you the chance to ask questions about any aspect of treatment.
Your initial consultation is free of charge. It is difficult to give a wholly accurate idea of the cost of your surgery until we have met and fully assessed your needs and goals. At the end you will be given an exact quote which will cover all treatment, appointments and re-admissions or revisions, should that be necessary. The price guide below should give a reasonable idea of the range of prices for your chosen treatment.
Your second consultation is more in-depth, often including a 3D imaging assessment and simulation of outcome, as well as preparation for the day itself. This costs £150 and is included in the cost of your treatment.
Yes, Botox has been used for medical purposes for around four decades.
While Botox is a relatively straightforward procedure, there are things that could go wrong. For example, too much Botox can leave you with that ‘Frozen’ look. Or if the Botox is injected into the wrong areas, your face can look ‘unbalanced’. To minimise these risks it’s important to work with a qualified and experienced Botox specialist.
The effects of Botox can be long-lasting but vary from patient to patient. The effects are cumulative and the wrinkles remain softened, even if you stop treatment. You may want to undergo regular treatments to maintain and perfect the results.
We will give you advice and guidance on caring for your skin after Botox treatment.