Wrinkle-reducing injections – otherwise known as Botox® – work by relaxing specific muscles and preventing them from contracting. It prevents the release of the chemical, acetylcholine, which is necessary to allow nerve impulses to send messages to muscles.
It is the contraction of facial muscles that produces lines, wrinkles, and furrows in the skin. These are sometimes referred to as ‘dynamic’ wrinkles. By preventing muscle contraction, wrinkles and lines can be reduced or abolished. These injections are used on the face to achieve a smoother, unlined, and fresher appearance. The most popular areas for treatment are the ‘crows feet’ at the outer edge of the eyes.
Why you might need Botox®
For most people, the effect of wrinkle-reducing injections is to abolish a tired or angry look and to produce a softer, rested, more youthful appearance.
A patient that is pregnant, breastfeeding, taking certain antibiotics, prone to allergies or has a neurological disorder would not be not suitable for this treatment.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects of Botox are rare but do include allergic reactions (this can be prevented by doing a patch test 24 hours prior to having the injections), rash, itching, headache, muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath. Should you experience any of these following the procedure a contact number will be provided for you to get advice of how to manage these symptoms.
How long does Botox last for?
Botox is not permanent and usually lasts for around 3-4 months. You will not see a change straight away. It takes about 2 or 3 days to start working, and 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect. Top ups can be scheduled regularly, or as and when you feel like a top up is required.
Assessment for this procedure
Before you go ahead with this procedure, it’s important you understand how it works and what will work best for you. Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will be more than happy to meet with you to ensure you are comfortable and happy before committing to go ahead.
What does this procedure involve?
Unlike dermal fillers, a Botox® treatment involves administering the injections with micro-needles. It takes only a few minutes and causes little discomfort. Some redness and swelling may appear at the injection sites but this normally disappears after a few hours.
Before and after gallery
Mr Wilson is able to go through before and after photos of this procedure with you during your consultation if required.
A few hours after the procedure you should gently exercise your face to ensure normal function of the muscles. It is recommended that you relax for the rest of the day as you may experience some redness at the injection sites. This should have reduced by the next morning. You should not exercise or sweat directly after the procedure and maintain a normal heart rate. You should avoid touching, rubbing, or applying physical pressure on the affected area and should leave the treated area alone.
How much does this procedure cost?
Depending on the type of procedure you require, the cost of surgery can vary. These are guide prices and are subject to change following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, where a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient. Please see prices below:
Botox (1ml syringe) £300, each additional 1ml £200
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