Focus on…..botulinum toxin injections (commonly known as Botox)

Some facts about Botox…

Botulinum toxin injections have been used since the 1970s, originally used to treat conditions of the eye, such as squints. Nowadays, it is most commonly associated with treating lines and wrinkles of the face, although it can be used in many other medical conditions such as excessive sweating, overactive bladder and migraines.

How safe is it?

The safety record of botulinum toxins is now well established. These products have been used cosmetically for well over 20 years with few side effects. Most clinicians will agree that Botulinum toxin is one of the safest ways to treat lines and wrinkles of the face.

Will my friends know I had botox?

In most cases, no. Generally, clients say that their friends comment about them looking fresher, or perhaps younger. However, in cases where complete paralysis of the muscles of the forehead and around the eyes is achieved, then it is usually more obvious.

Does it hurt?

It is not painfree, but due to the tiny needles, the procedure is generally tolerated very well indeed, with no need for numbing of the skin beforehand.

How long do the effects last?

The average duration is about 3 months, but it varies from person to person and some may get slightly less, whilst others can get 4-5 months from one treatment.

Can I get the treatment done the same day as the consultation?

Unfortunately, as it is a prescription medication, the consultation has to be done in advance of the treatment. Once the client is deemed suitable, the toxin can be prescribed and ordered. You usually need to allow 2 days between consultation and treatment.