Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin.
Other brands include Azzulure and Bocouture.
They all work by relaxing the muscles where they are placed. This means that the muscles no longer pull the skin together, hence depleting wrinkles!
If your wrinkles are heavy at rest, you will find results have a less pronounced appearance.
Over time, with increased toxin use, the muscles will get weaker and weaker and so your wrinkles will soften more and more.
This time is different for each individual. We advise renewing your Botox at 3 months, as this is usually when it has all gone. The movement slowly, gradually begins to come back from about 6 weeks.
The amount you need will vary depending on the strength of your muscles and your recovery time.
We always start with a “safe” dose that works well for most people, but please aware this may need to be adjusted as we both learn how your muscles respond.
Frequently asked questions
Is it safe?
Botox has been used in men, women and children safely and effectively for a variety of medical conditions, as well as cosmetic use, for 20 years.
What can I expect from treatment?
We offer Botox around the eyes and in the forehead. This means your frown lines and wrinkles will be softened, giving your skin a youthful rejuvenation.
When should I have Botox?
Past the age of 20, our skin begins to show early signs of aging. Repeated use (every 3-6 months) will provide not only immediate results, but also long-term prevention: your wrinkles will reduce over time.
Does it hurt?
Botox is administered via a very fine needle. The injections are shallow and quick, no pain relief is usually needed, though it can feel a little sharp.
How long does it last?
Results vary from person to person, but on average around 3 months.
Are there side-effects?
Generally there is some tenderness on the day of treatment. You may have minor swelling at the injection site which can take 48 hours to subside (though normally more like 15 minutes).
Will anyone be able to tell I've had Botox?
You will still be able to smile, frown and laugh with Botox in place.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
One week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Aspirin, Ibuprofen), Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E or fish oil supplements.
These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. If you require a pain remedy during this time period, it is ok to take paracetamol.
Adding leafy greens to your diet will boost your Vitamin K and help to reduce the possibility of bruising and swelling.
Arnica supplements or creams have been shown to reduce discomfort, bruising and swelling from injectable procedures.
Bruising is possible and therefore, we recommend that you schedule any social plans accordingly for 7-10 days following your injection.
While initial effects of the Botox injection are visible in as soon as 3-5 days, you should expect your final results to be achieved 2 weeks after an injection.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
Do NOT have any type of facial massage for 2 weeks following your Botox injection.
Do NOT have any facial laser or electrical treatments for 2 weeks following your injections
Avoid makeup for 24 hours after injections where possible, if desperate, stick to mineral based powders and natural balms.
Following your injection, limit intense exercise for 24 hours.
Try to keep head upright and limit expression for 4 hours
No alcohol or smoking for 24 hours
Avoid saunas, steam rooms, sun beds for 48 hours.
Avoid flying for 48 hours
Don’t forget Botox can change the appearance of your eyebrow shape, so wait 2 weeks before having semi permanent make up or eyebrow waxing.