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