Smooth Away Facial Wrinkles
Botox injections are a simple and low-impact treatment for reducing signs of aging. Although there are a wide variety of treatments for creating a smoother more youthful look, from over the counter creams to major cosmetic surgery procedures, nothing rivals the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin for wrinkle reduction. The following before and after photo illustrates a Botox treatment of forehead wrinkles. The result is a significant improvement in smoothness of the skin for this area:
|Before (left) and After (right) Photos of Botox for Forehead Wrinkles|
The Alex Chambers Clinic offers Botox injections in a safe and medically regulated clinic. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, and whether it is appropriate for you call us on 0207 099 2270 or use the contact form on the right side of this page.
The remainder of this article answers a variety of questions about how the treatment is applied, guidelines on the cost of Botox injections, potential side effects, and how long a treatment can be expected to last.
What is it Botox?
The word Botox was originally the commercial name given for injections derived from Clostridium Botulismus bacteria, however the term has become so widespread that it has become the common way to refer to it. When injected into the muscles under the skin, they are paralyzed by the toxin created by the bacteria, and the result is a smoothing of the skin's surface.
How is it done?
Small amounts of Botox are injected into the target areas. The injections are done with help of a very fine needle. Common areas to be treated are the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet around the eyes, and the marionette lines around the mouth.
How much does Botox cost?
The price of Botox is directly associated to the number of units of medication used. A typical treatment of the forehead, frown lines, and crow's feet will run from 50 to 85 units, and will depend on a variety of factors, including gender, age, and size. We estimate costs at £6 per unit plus VAT, and this includes any anaesthetic cream and the follow up visit. The Dr. Alex Chambers Medical and Aesthetic Practice is a fully approved medical clinic, registered with the Care Quality Commission (click to display).
Is it painful?
Due to the extremely fine gauge of the needles, most people find it painless, however in certain sensitive areas anaesthetic cream might be applied prior to the treatment, numbing the area, and making the injections more comfortable.
How long does a Botox treatment take?
The actual injections take only 5 to 10 minutes. However, every patient is consulted and counselled prior to the treatment and a before photo is taken. The entire process requires approximately 30 minutes.
What am I going to look like immediately after the procedure?
Slight swelling at the site of injection settles within 10-15 minutes. No changes are expected immediately; the results of the treatment are gradual and become apparent only after 24-72 hours after the injections.
Can I use make-up after the treatment?
Make-up can be applied half an hour after the injections.
What are the side effects?
Minimal swelling, occasionally some bruising, and slight muscle tightening. In very rare cases, flu-like symptoms can occur lasting a day or two. Transient eyelid drooping is sometimes seen, and settles within 2-3 weeks. Skin infections are very rare. Cases of allergy are quite rare.
How long does a Botox treatment last?
On average skin remains smooth for 3-6 months, and can last up to 9 months.
Does it work for everyone?
About 3% of patients develop resistance to the drug and consequently the duration of the effect is highly reduced.
Do I need a follow up?
Yes, a follow up is recommended, and this is done during a consultation after 2 weeks, at which time the after photos can be taken and compared to those take before the injections.
Are there any contraindications?
You should not have this treatment if you have a disease associated with muscle weakness such as Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystophy, pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to components of the drug, antibiotic use a week prior to the treatment or are taking muscle relaxants.