Younger, fresher looking skin with Botox
Is it for me?
Botox is a fantastic method for tackling those telltale lines and wrinkles that begin to age our skin over time. By injecting small amounts of Botox into targeted facial muscles, it is possible to stop the muscles from contracting temporarily to give your skin a younger, smoother appearance.
If you suffer from any of the following problem areas (and most of us do as we grow older), then Botox may be the right treatment option for you.
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Nose to mouth lines
- Lines around the mouth (Marionette lines)
- Smokers’ lines
- Bunny lines
- Dimply chin
I can also use Botox to achieve a non-surgical eyebrow lift and to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) very successfully.
I have extensive training and experience of using Botox and can talk you through the various procedures to help you decide what is right for you. If I feel that Botox is not the right solution for you at this time, I will tell you so from the outset.
About Botox treatment
What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, which is a purified natural protein chemically derived from bacteria. When injected into a muscle, it causes temporary muscular relaxation, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles by up to 80%.
Is Botox safe?
Botox has been used for cosmetic purposes for more than 20 years and has an exceptional safety record. Like all other prescription medicines, however, suitably trained professionals should administer your treatment. In the right hands, Botulinum Toxin is a very safe drug, with minimal side effects and complications.
How does it work?
When Botox is injected, it stops a signal being transmitted between targeted nerves and muscles, thereby preventing the individual muscle fibres from contracting. It is this repeated contraction, caused by our facial expressions, that produces wrinkles over time. The effects of Botox are temporary, so, as the toxin is broken down and removed by the body, the muscles recover their normal function.
Are the effects of Botox noticeable straight away?
No, Botox takes between three and fourteen days to take full effect.
How long does Botox last?
On average, Botox treatments approximately four months but this can vary from one individual to another.
How often can I have my Botox treatments repeated?
We would always advise that you wait at least three months between repeat treatments. Certainly, the effects of your previous treatment should have worn off before you book a repeat appointment.
Will my face still look natural? I’m worried about looking frozen and expressionless!
Undoubtedly, there are people in the public eye who have taken their use of Botox too far. However, I will always strive to leave you with a natural look, minimising the risks of side effects and helping you retain a full range of expression.
What does the treatment involve?
Before we commence your Botox treatment, we will discuss your problem areas with you and then explain your best options, as well as answering any questions you may have. You will need to sign a consent form before we take pre-treatment photos.
Before your treatment, we will apply a numbing cream to the relevant area and mark the sites we need to inject. After cleaning the area, we will administer the treatment using very fine needles. We will then apply anti-bruising cream.
Are Botox injections painful?
Because the needles we use are so fine, Botox injections are relatively painless. To be on the safe side, however, we apply a numbing cream to the area before your treatment.
What are the possible side-effects?
Some people experience small raised bumps of skin at the injection site. Although these may be slightly red, they typically go down 20 minutes are the treatment. Bruising may also occur but this should quickly subside.
You may also experience a mild headache after having a Botox treatment but this is treatable using over-the-counter pain medication.
Is Botox suitable for everyone?
Botox may not be suitable for everyone (for example, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with certain allergies, and anyone taking anti-coagulant medication). Before commencing with your treatment, we will take a full medical history and advise you whether Botox is the right option for you or not.
You can book a facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr Stephen Dodd by completing the booking form below.