Common Questions About Botox – Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of our 2 pat series looking at the common questions people ask about Botox, you can read part 1 here.

What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.

Do treatment results differ?

Yes, individual results may vary. To get the best results, it’s important to go to a practitioner who is experienced in administering Botulinum Toxin.

Common treatment areas with Botox

common treatment areas with Botox

How long does treatment with Botox® last?

The results from treatment with Botox® usually last around three to four months. If you did not continue with regular Botox® treatment, your lines would eventually come back to the level they were at prior to your treatment. As lines become softer and the muscles less active, regular clients find they may need Botox® less frequently than every four months.

Does treatment with Botox® hurt?

This non-surgical treatment is done using very small, fine needles and local anaesthetic cream may be applied to the skin to make your experience as comfortable as possible. After having the treatment you will be able to get straight back to your everyday tasks without having to miss out on work or any social occasion.

Is Botox ® suitable for everyone?

Botox® is very safe and has been used by qualified clinicians for many years. However, we are not able to use Botox® in an area where there is a skin infection present or in individuals with known allergies to any of the ingredients in the wrinkle relaxing injection. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia gravis or Bell’s palsy  may be at increased risk of serious side effects and should avoid Botox treatments. We would not advise Botox® treatment to those who are pregnant or breast feeding.

What are the injections like?

We thought probably the easiest way to let you know what the injections are like is to show you! Here’s a video which you may find helpful:

Further information about Botox can be found here

Complimentary Consultation

At Skin Solutions each patient is offered a free consultation. Sonal will:

  • Discuss all the options available to you for great skin
  • Recommend the most suitable treatment or combination of treatments that will suit you and your lifestyle
  • Look after your skin needs with a professional and caring manner
  • Take the time to get to know you, and treat you as an individual
  • Offer meticulous attention to detail
  • Produce results that are natural and subtle, restoring your confidence
  • Ensure you are kept informed during every step of the journey

Contact Sonal Today

Common Questions About Botox – Part 1 of 2

facial-aesthetic-harrowPatients frequently travel from around the Harrow area to visit Skin Solutions at Blue Court  Dental Centre for their antiwrinkle treatments, as we are asked so frequently about this type of treatment we thought we would write a blog post specifically around the use of Botox.

It is important to note that this is a prescription drug and may or may not be suitable for use on any individual. We offer a range of antiwrinkle treatments and it is only after a full assessment that we will be able to prescribe the best treatment for you. This may or may not include Botox.

Botulinum Toxin (Often referred to as BOTOX)

Here at Skin Solutions in Harrow, Middx we like to be able to offer our patients extra services that may not be available locally elsewhere. Botox and fillers are one such service we are very excited about providing.

Botulinum Toxin

This is commonly used in the treatment of wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet. Over time these wrinkles will become permanent even when you’re not frowning. The Botulinum Toxin treatment involves using a series of targeted injections that relax the muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles. The result is smoother, younger looking skin and you’ll be amazed when your wrinkles smooth out after a day or so, restoring your face to a more youthful and relaxed look.

Botulinum Toxin works by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle that trigger wrinkle causing contractions. It is one of the safest and most widely researched cosmetic products available today. The treatment can cause a little discomfort and redness may also appear on the treated area, but this will disappear after an hour or so.

Results can be seen after as little 48 hours and last for around 4-6 months. There is no recovery period, bruising or swelling after treatment. Botulinum Toxin does not cause any loss of facial expressions. Only the treated areas will be affected.

Botulinum Toxin treatment is relatively quick, an initial consultation takes around 30 minutes, and then the treatment itself takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the area to be treated

Is treatment with Botulinum Toxin Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following treatment.

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botulinum Toxin will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

Who should not use Botulinum Toxin?

Do not use Botulinum Toxin if you:

  1. are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTULINUM TOXIN. See the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients..
  2. had an allergic reaction to any other Botulinum Toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
  3. have a skin infection at the planned injection site

You should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin if you have:

  • A disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome). See “What is the most important information I should know about Botulinum Toxin in the Medication Guide
  • allergies to any Botulinum Toxin product
  • had any side effect from any Botulinum Toxin product in the past
  • a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
  • swallowing problems
  • bleeding problems
  • plans to have surgery
  • had surgery on your face
  • weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
  • drooping eyelids
  • any other change in the way your face normally looks
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Botulinum Toxin can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Botulinum Toxin passes into breast milk.

Complimentary Consultation

At Skin Solutions each patient is offered a free consultation. Sonal will:

  • Discuss all the options available to you for great skin
  • Recommend the most suitable treatment or combination of treatments that will suit you and your lifestyle
  • Look after your skin needs with a professional and caring manner
  • Take the time to get to know you, and treat you as an individual
  • Offer meticulous attention to detail
  • Produce results that are natural and subtle, restoring your confidence
  • Ensure you are kept informed during every step of the journey

Contact Sonal today 

How natural can facial aesthetic treatments look?

As our skin begins to age, we are always looking out for the latest treatment or innovation that provides us with youthful and glowing skin. Although most creams promise wrinkle-free, radiant skin in just under a month, these desired results often do not appear.

facial-aesthetic-treatmentThis has led to an increase in facial aesthetic and non-surgical procedures. Providing long-lasting and effective results, we have been able to regain our youth and decrease any signs of ageing on our skin.

However, even though we want much younger and plump looking skin, we still want to look natural and avoid looking plump and pouty.

Having Botox or dermal fillers is surrounded by myths that with consistent use, your natural glow and the contours of your face begin to look puffy and excessively plump. However, reaching out to a reputable and trained practitioner can determine the results of your procedure.

A highly-trained practitioner like Skin Solution’s Dr Sonal Patel is an excellent choice. Having worked alongside a number of leading UK experts, she is trustworthy, reputable and extremely professional.

Once you have chosen your practitioner, the only thing left to do is choose your treatment. We have listed the most popular facial aesthetic options, to help you decide on the one that is right for you:

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are used to plump and firm the skin, reducing sag and smoothing lines.  They can contour certain areas of the face, and  be used to boost the lips. The result is natural, well-hydrated, youthful-looking skin.


Botox is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles across the face. It can also be used to subtly lift and enhance the eyebrows, which can create an overall younger look to the skin. The results are natural, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Medical skin peels

Medical skin peels can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including sun damage, acne scars, pigmentation and signs of ageing. The peels provide a healthier and brighter complexion, with a more even looking tone to the skin. The results are natural, as they help to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which helps aid elasticity.


Dermaroller is a treatment that helps skin to regenerate and add plumpness naturally. Promoting the production of new collagen in the skin, the results can improve the signs of ageing as well as any scarring. Helping to create a much more natural look, the Dermaroller treatment encourages skin to have a youthful glow, by naturally repairing itself.

If you are interested in any of the following treatments, then contact Skin Solutions to book in for a consultation. Find out more here:

How safe are facial aesthetic treatments?

Non-surgical procedures have become increasingly popular as a way of diminishing the signs of ageing, revealing smooth and replenished skin. Unfortunately, ageing is something that is unavoidable for us all, often resulting in most of us looking for new ways to stay youthful. Facial aesthetic treatments have been favoured as long-lasting solutions that provide maximum results.

facial-aesthetic-harrowHowever, there have always been myths surrounding facial aesthetic treatments, and whether they are safe. Research has shown that they are safe to use, and have very few side-effects.

Here at Skin Solutions, we ensure that we use products that have been well-researched and are based on clinical studies. Each of our facial aesthetic treatments are safe and highly effective. Skin Solution’s director Dr. Sonal Patel is a fully qualified dental and aesthetic practitioner, having trained with some of the most renowned and highly respected UK experts.

Here we have answered some common questions that people have surrounding facial aesthetic treatments:

Are there any side-effects?

There is a very small chance of experiencing severe side effects for any facial aesthetic treatment. Most commonly, people find some bruising, swelling or tenderness around the targeted area. Most people are able to return to work after treatments and find it has done little to affect their plans for the rest of the day. You may find the side-effects settle after a few hours, but the area can still be a little tender over the next couple of days.

Do facial aesthetics pose any kind of risk?

Research has shown that these non-surgical procedures have proven to be safe and low-risk. It is uncommon for anyone to suffer any severe side-effects or long-term problems. Due to the low rate of associated issues surrounding the treatments, facial aesthetics have always been preferred in comparison to a face lift or surgery.

How do I find the right practitioner?

Choosing the right practitioner to carry out your treatment is essential when deciding on facial aesthetics. You should always find a qualified and reputable practitioner.

 If you are interested in discussing a facial aesthetic treatment further, then contact Skin Solutions to book in for a consultation. Find out more here:

Myths and truths about dermal fillers and Botox

Growing older and signs of ageing on the skin are unfortunately natural processes of life. As the years begin to pass, we probe and poke at our skin, pointing out wrinkles and blemishes we are unhappy with.

dermal-fillers-harrowHowever, in this modern day of anti-ageing, there are a variety of treatments and products claiming to give us the results we desire. Although some may provide short-term solutions, it is often the non-surgical procedures that will provide long-lasting results for a natural and youthful glow.

The most popular aesthetic treatments used to diminish signs of ageing are dermal fillers and Botox. However, there are a variety of myths around what they do and whether injections can smooth and plump ageing skin.

Here we have listed some of the questions asked about dermal fillers and Botox, and set the record straight:

Are fillers and Botox the same?

Although both are designed as injectables, they differ in the type of substance and their results. Botox is used to help relax the muscles in the face, which can soften lines and diminish signs of ageing. Dermal fillers, however, fill and plump the skin, helping to restore the client’s youthful glow. This ability to add volume to areas of the face also enables them to contour certain areas.

Are cosmetic injections painful?

Dependant on your pain threshold, most people compare the feeling to a simple nip or similar to a mosquito bite. It is a slight pinch feeling, that disappears in a matter of seconds.

Do Botox injections prevent facial expressions?

When Botox is administered professionally, by a skilled practitioner, clients will still be able to perform all of their usual facial expressions. It is a common myth that Botox will freeze your face, but one you needn’t worry about.

Are injections unsafe?

With almost 20 years in the industry, Botox has become a well-established treatment. There have been more than 16 million treatments performed and no long-term side-effects have ever been seen.

For those who may be interested in finding out more about dermal fillers or Botox, then contact Skin Solutions to book a consultation.

Why have your facial aesthetic treatments done by a dentist

When looking into facial aesthetics treatments, it is not often that we turn to our dentists for advice. However, dentists are thoroughly trained about the anatomy of the head and neck. This includes training on each of the facial muscles, nerves and blood vessels that make up the face.

facial-aesthetic-harrowDentists also administer injections on a daily basis, providing them with a vast amount of experience and familiarity with the technique to conduct these aesthetic treatments.

Usually with our dentists, we have been visiting them for many years. They have built up a rapport with us over a long period of time, and gained our trust, therefore who better to ask to conduct your facial aesthetic treatment?

Why Use Dentists?

Dentist know all about your face, thanks to the five years of training they receive before becoming qualified. As well as learning all there is to know about your teeth, their teachings include information on the anatomical structure of the mouth, and how oral treatments affect each patient’s face. This knowledge, coupled with steady hands and experience in administering pain-free injections, makes them the ideal first port of call when considering facial aesthetic treatments. Perhaps the real question should be, why wouldn’t you use a dentist?

Types of Treatments…

Facial aesthetic treatments that can be conducted by dentists usually include: dermal fillers, Botulinum Toxin, medical skin peels and Dermaroller treatments. These non-surgical solutions help to improve your overall appearance, yet provide natural looking results.

Here at Skin Solutions, we can work to help improve the signs of ageing, allowing skin to look more vibrant and rejuvenated. We discuss your desired results and use them to find the look that is best suited to you. Skin Solutions director Sonal is a fully qualified dental and aesthetics practitioner. She is passionate about results, and has trained with renowned experts in the field.

Therefore, we think that deciding to have your facial aesthetic treatment carried out by a dentist to enhance your natural features is a great idea. As dentists are using their hands every day, they are able to perform these treatments skilfully and with great attention to detail.

If you are interested in achieving natural looking results with one of our facial aesthetic treatments, then contact us today. We will be happy to book a personal consultation to discuss your desired results. Find out more here:

Skin Peel for Pigmentation

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Having the treatment done has given me a lot of confidence. Now I can step outside and not worry about the way I look. The environment was very clean and well organised. Dr Patel explained the treatment to me very well. She also spent time in assessing my skin. I had every confidence in her and what she was advising.

Was looked after very well from start to finish. Was very comfortable during treatment. Everything was explained to me again and made sure I understood everything clearly. Dr Patel was very patient with me. Gave me the chance to ask questions that I had and explain treatment to me at each stage. After the initial consultation, I knew exactly how much I needed to spend. I started saving till I had enough. It was worth the wait. The results were amazing!




Botox for forehead and crows feet

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This proved to be a quick and easy procedure to relieve me of the fine and deeper lines. Much time was taken with explaining the procedure by Sonal, but was amazed that the treatment took less than 10 minutes.

I felt very relaxed and was very reassured by Sonal, who has a calming and understanding bedside manner. I was thrilled with the result. The lines have gone. I look more confident, less tired and years younger. A treatment well worth having!



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After the initial consultation with Sonal, I had every confidence in her and what she was advising that I decided to go ahead with the treatment, as I felt this was my last chance of ever having clearer skin.

Sonal was very understanding. She gave me the opportunity to ask questions that I had and explain the treatment to me. I was very well looked after and comfortable during treatment.

The results were astonishing. My skin looks clearer and brighter and has given me a huge boost of confidence. qoute