What exactly is Botox®?
Botox® consists of a protein produced by a bacterium. This is called Clostridium botulinum. It is a non-surgical treatment that is administered by a professionally trained clinician. Botox® temporarily reduces frown lines, forehead lines, lines around the mouth and crow’s feet. During treatment, very small doses of Botox® are injected into facial muscles, which causes them to relax and smooth out the skin. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed, meaning you can literally have a session of Botox® in your lunchtime, if you wish, and return to work in the afternoon.
How does it work?
Lines on your face form, over time as the result of repeated muscle activity over many years. By injecting Botox® into these muscles, transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles are blocked. This causes these muscles to be less active, therefore creating a smoother, more youthful look.
How quickly will I see the results, and how long will it last?
There will be a noticeable improvement to the lines on your face within several days. Some people report an almost instant improvement. The product will continue to work for a month, and results typically last for four months. It is worth bearing in mind however, that results do vary from person to person. Should you stop having Botox® treatments, the lines on your face will gradually return to their state before any treatment.
Is there discomfort?
You may be heartened to learn that Botox® is, for a large majority of users, uncomfortable rather than painful. Any discomfort felt is usually minimal and brief. Before administering the Botox® injections, a local anesthetic cream can be used or I can prepare the area with a cold compress, which numbs it briefly. The entire procedure will not take longer than 10-15 minutes.
Is there any reason I shouldn’t have Botox®?
It is recommend that you don’t undergo any treatments whilst you are unwell or have any form of infection. If you know that you suffer from hypersensitivity to certain products, I recommend that you consult your GP prior to any treatment. Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding are unable to be treated. Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
What are dermal fillers?
Restylane is a crystal clear gel based on non-animal hyaluronic acid. The crystal-clear gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts. This creates volume under the wrinkle that is lifted up and smoothed out.
How is a lip treatment done?
The gel can be injected along the lip line to emphasise the contour or directly into the upper and/or lower lip for more volume.
How long does treatment take?
A treatment session takes about 30 minutes. No prior skin test is necessary, which means the treatment can be done instantly, and results will be seen immediately.
Do I need pain relief?
Pain relief is generally not necessary, but is easy to arrange. A topical anasthetic is usually enough.
How long will it last?
Treatments are long lasting but not permanent. Many choose to have a follow-up treatment 6-12 months after their initial treatment of wrinkles. When lips have been treated, a follow-up treatment is normally needed after about 6 months.
What will I look like immediately after treatment?
After treatment slight redness, swelling, tenderness or itching sensations can be expected. These symptoms are temporary and typically resolve spontaneously.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after your treatment you may notice swelling, redness, minimal discomfort and bruising. All are completely normal following an injection and will usually resolve within a very short period of time. These reactions typically resolve spontaneously. Other types of local reactions occur, but are rare.