Botox is mainly used for the face. Forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet lines around the eyes and 11 lines between the eyebrows are the most popular areas. However, other uses include lifting eyebrows, decreasing the orange peel appearance of the chin, and lifting the corners of the mouth.
What is Botox?
This is a protein called Botulinum Toxin. Botox relaxes muscles to stop lines and wrinkles forming and to allow other muscles to act to lift facial structures.
How does it work?
When you concentrate, squint or frown, the muscles in your face contract causing lines and wrinkles. After many years lines and wrinkles will eventually become permanent. Messages are sent from the brain via nerves to the muscles, instructing them to contract. Botox is a natural protein that works by interrupting this process, leaving those muscles unable to crease your skin. Over years, structures in the face tend to move downward. By reducing movement in the muscles which pull the brow downward, the large sheet of muscle which elevates the brow can act passively to lift the brow, open up the eye area and give a natural rejuvenated appearance.
Does it hurt?
Local anaesthetic is not normally needed. However, Botox injections may cause a little pain at first, but most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort as it only lasts a short period, while the treatment is carried out.
What happens after treatment?
You will be able to carry on with your day as normal, but we recommend avoiding anything strenuous for 24 hours after treatment (e.g. going to the gym).
Initial results will not be clear until around two weeks after treatment and line and wrinkle fading will take longer. As Botox is not a permanent solution, we recommend that you have regular further treatments every 3-4 months to maintain the benefits of treatment.
Initially after your treatment avoid massaging or rubbing the treated area for 2-3 days.
Will I be able to move my face afterwards?
Most definitely! The ‘frozen’ look is only caused when too much of the Botox solution is used in the wrong areas of the face. We will ensure to only administer the correct amount into the specific areas responsible for the unwanted lines and wrinkles and to allow lifting of the brow. This ensures that normal facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling etc. are unaffected.
Are there any risks when using Botox?
The risks are very minimal but you could experience any of the following:
Fu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
Bruising at injection site
Temporary weakness and drooping of the eyelid.
Your body developing a resistance to the treatment
Any risks that could occur will be fully discussed with you prior to any treatment being carried out.