Botox is used to smooth out lines and slow down the signs of ageing. We treat every single patient according to their individual needs and Botox is no exception. We all have different facial expressions and movements that are unique and therefore the injection technique must be adapted to achieve beautifully natural results.
We use Botox to:
Smooth lines and wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes and the frown
In mesotherapy to treat fine lines that run from the corner of the eyes to the cheek ‘scratch’ lines
Enhance the neck and jaw line with the Nefertiti lift
Correct expression lines around the mouth, chin and nose
Reduce nasal flair and nasal tip decent
Treat a Gummy smile
Reduce Teeth grinding and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain
Reduce headache and migraine symptoms in some patients
Relieve muscle pain and spasm in neck , shoulders and other areas
Complement combination treatments, such as the Tear Trough
Botox can be administered in 10-15 minutes, so it is quick and makes it very easy for patients to pop in over a lunch break or around social events.
Any signs of the treatment rapidly disappear within 10 to 15 minutes. There may be little raised bumps at each injection site, but these take no time to disappear completely. Bruising is rarely seen following Botox injections but in the unlikely event of this happening, make-up can be used to cover the area.
The results range between 3 to 6 months and, on average, patients return for repeat treatments at around 4 months. We offer package treatments to keep you looking great for the whole year and save you money.
Botox side effects
Side effects are rare, however temporary side effects can include:
Mild Flu like symptoms
Temporary drooping of the upper eyelid or eyebrow
After the treatment
We advise you to stay upright for 3-4 hours after the procedure, so no shoe shopping immediately afterwards! We also suggest that you move the treated area for an hour afterwards, to encourage the Botox® into the muscles. You will be given written aftercare advice following your treatment. We also advise clients not to fly for 24 hours following the treatment.
It can take up to 10-14 days for the effects of Botox® to be fully seen. When having the procedure for the first time we like you to come back 2 to 3 weeks later so that we can check the results and, if necessary, 'top up' to make sure you have the very best results. Please note we cannot 'top up' treatments after 4 weeks following the initial procedure.
Other areas depending on the dose used
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are many trade names that we commonly call Botox®. These include Vistabel®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, Bocouture® and Azzalure® with more coming onto the market. The common link is that they are all derived from the toxin Botulinium Toxin Type A.
Is Botox safe?
Ever since the bacterium was identified in 1895, researchers have been intrigued by the potential therapeutic uses of Botox and, as such, it has been extensively researched. Medically it has been used for many years to treat patients (both adults and children) with certain neuromuscular conditions. It has been used for cosmetic treatments for over 20 years and has extensive data to suggest its safety and efficacy. Research has shown that after just 48 hours the Botulinium Toxin has completely gone from the body, leaving only the side effects
Who administers Botox?
Botox is an extremely effective treatment if administered by qualified medical practitioners in a medical environment. It is a prescription-only medication and patients must be seen by a medical Doctor, nurse prescriber or Dentist, in order to prescribe the medication. This face-to-face consultation must be completed before Botox can be administered. Dr Lucy Glancey personally completes all Botox treatments in our clinics, as well as the follow-up appointments for reviews and check-ups.
Is Botox painful?
The majority of clients report minimal discomfort and in most cases there is no need for any topical anaesthetic.
How does it work?
Botox temporarily blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, stopping the injected muscle from moving, which in turn prevents lines from forming and softens existing ones. After a period of time (typically 3-6 months) the nerve connection returns and the muscle will start to move again and the treatment can be repeated.
What conditions is Botox used to treat?
Over the 100 years that Botox has been identified, it has been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The list of indications that Botox injections can be used for is extensive but include treatment for muscle spasms, weak bladder and many more . It can also make movement easier for people with muscle problems as well as reduce the associated pain. Botox can treat spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older. It is now even being used on men with enlarged prostates to reduce the symptoms. In addition to cosmetic use, Botox is used to treat cervical dystonia, writer's cramp, excessive sweating, achalasia (an esophagus problem), chronic pain, neuropathy, and migraine and tension headaches.
What cosmetic areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox is a treatment popular for both men and women. The three most common areas that are commonly treated with Botox® are around the eyes or ‘crow's feet,’ frown area in between the eyes and on the frown lines on the forehead.
Frown lines before Botox
Frown lines after Botox
There are many other areas where Botox can be used to achieve a pleasing cosmetic outcome.
Top lip to reduce the formation of lines and soften ‘smoker’s lines’. The top lip can be rejuvenated with a combination of Botox and dermal filler.
Smokers (pout) lines before Botox (above) and after (below) Botox
Mouth Frown The corners of the mouth have a strong muscle, which pulls the corners down into what we call the ‘mouth frown’. Constant repetition of this movement can encourage and contribute to the so-called ‘marionette’ lines and dimpling on the chin. Botox can be used to re-train you out of this habit and lift the corners of the mouth.
Mouth Frown before and after Botox
Neck Unsightly neck bands that appear when straining the neck can be reduced by injecting Botox into the muscles that produce this movement. With repeated treatment this can also soften the ‘neck rings’ that form around the neck.
Jaw line The jawline can be softened with Botox® and the lower face lifted in a procedure known as the 'Nefertiti lift.' This procedure addresses the lower face, chin, neck and jawline, creating a non-surgical lifting effect.
Jaw Reduction The masseter muscle is attached to the jaw and is used when chewing food. This muscle can be very strong in some patients causing it to bulk up and creating a strong, square jaw. Botox can be used to reduce this muscle bulk and soften the jaw angle. This procedure can also help for patients that clench their teeth while sleeping (a condition known as Bruxism).
Nasal Flare The area around the nostrils can flare when smiling or laughing. Botox can be used to reduce the flare and give a nicer appearance to the nose area.
Nasal decent Often referred to as the ‘witch nose.’ There is a muscle attached from the nose to the top lip and in some patients this muscle pulls the nose down when smiling. Botox can be used to prevent this movement and keep the nose steady while smiling.
Décolleté wrinkles Some patients experience wrinkles on the décolleté during certain neck movements. By injecting the areas that create this movement a smooth, wrinkle-free décolleté can be achieved.
Female décolleté before and after treatment with Botox.