London Independent Plastic Surgery | Botox, prevent wrinkles, Botulinum Toxin, muscular spasms, rapid eye blinking, blepharospasm, hyperhidrosis, frown lines, wrinkles
Botox® makes you look fresher and more relaxed by taking away a stressed or anxious appearance. By starting regular treatments with Botox® before permanent lines start you will delay and possibly prevent wrinkles appearing, helping you maintain a youthful appearance.
Botox, prevent wrinkles, Botox®, Botulinum Toxin, muscular spasms, rapid eye blinking, blepharospasm, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, frown lines, wrinkles
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Botox® makes you look fresher and more relaxed by taking away a stressed or anxious appearance. By starting regular treatments with Botox® before permanent lines start you will delay and possibly prevent wrinkles appearing, helping you maintain a youthful appearance.

Lines and wrinkles around the eye and forehead are a result from the activity of muscles in these areas. Botox® temporarily relaxes these muscles, causing the lines to diminish and shallow lines and wrinkles disappear completely. Deeper lines, however, may require other additional treatments, such as fillers, which can be administered two weeks after Botox®.
Contrary to popular belief Botox does not produce a blank, expressionless face. It is possible to subtly reduce wrinkles whilst still maintaining effective facial expressions.
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What is Botox®?

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Botox® is a commercial preparation of Botulinum Toxin (other preparations that you may be aware of include Dysport and Vistabel). It is used to treat a variety of conditions, including muscular spasms, rapid eye blinking (blepharospasm), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and, of course, frown lines and wrinkles

How safe is it?

Botox treatment has been used worldwide to treat various conditions safely for well over 30 years.
The dose used for cosmetic patients is significantly lower than the dose required for these other conditions.

Botox treatment is not recommended if any of the following apply:

  • you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • you have a history of neuromuscular problems
  • you are taking calcium channel blockers (clarify this with the treating doctor)
  • you are allergic to albumin or botulinum toxin

Side effects

Most side effects experienced by patients are short lived and are linked to the injections e.g. discomfort on injection, redness, swelling etc. These usually resolves within a few minutes.

Very rarely, drooping of the eyelid may occur. This effect is temporary and the risk is minimised by accurate dosage, correct placement into the relevant muscle group and by keeping upright for 4 hours after the procedure.

Will it hurt?

The needles used are very fine so most people experience only mild, temporary discomfort.

How will I look?

There may be mild swelling and redness around the injection sites, immediately following the injections.
This can easily be covered up with make-up following the procedure and usually subsides quickly. Occasionally mild bruising occurs around the injection sites.

How long will it last?

You may start to notice an effect after 1-2 days, however, this varies from patient to patient. The full effect can take up to two weeks following treatment.
Some patients with very strong muscles may not see a complete relaxation of the treated area, but subsequent injections will further weaken them.
In rare cases, some patients need a repeat injection within three weeks if there has been little response, there is no additional charge for this ‘top-up’.
The duration of the effect varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the condition being treated.
The effect should last for at least three months, but for many patients, it continues for much longer. Repeat treatments are usually performed every 3-6 months.