Frequently asked questions
What is Botulinum Toxin and how does it work?
It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and it works by blocking the transmission of the nerve impulses so that the muscle cannot contract.
Is Botox safe?
In the microscopic doses used in aesthetic medicine Botox is extremely safe, and there is an enormous difference between the therapeutic dose given and the amount to cause harm.
What are the side effects of Botox?
The immediate site of the Botox injection will look slightly red for a short time. In most people this has disappeared within an hour though occasionally it may take a couple of days to settle. Most people feel nothing adverse at all. Occasionally, some may feel slight flu-like symptoms but this is uncommon. Allergy is a theoretical risk but extremely rare. Occasionally the Botulinum may migrate away from the site of injection on the forehead to cause drooping of the upper eyelid. As with any other injection there is a theoretical danger of infection at the site of infection.
Who cannot have Botulinum (Botox)?
Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding. There is no evidence that Botulinum is dangerous to a foetus, but the advice is to avoid it in these circumstances.
Those who have neuro-muscular disorders, such as Eaton-Lambert Disease and Myaesthenia Gravis. People who have these diseases will know they suffer from them.
Those on blood thinning tablets (Warfarin or Aspirin). Anybody on these should check with their doctor that it is OK not to take these tablets for 48 hrs before Botox is administered.
What should I do before the Botox treatment?
For general infection control, all makeup will be removed at the site of the injections, so it is easier not to wear make-up on the day of the treatment.
You should not consume alcohol on the day of Botox treatment and only moderately the day before.
What should I do after the Botox treatment?
The main concern is that the Botulinum will migrate from the area of injection to affect other muscles
Do not massage the area or reapply makeup for 6 hours and do not have a massage in that area for 24 hrs
Do not fly long-haul for 72 hours (this is almost certainly theoretical and based on one case that was almost certainly nothing to do with the flying!)
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours. Alcohol can cause increased blood flow to the skin causing potential migration of the Botulinum away from the site of infection.
Do not bend, kneel or stoop excessively for 24 hours
How long does Botox last?
Slowly the nerves overcome the effects of the Botulinum and the muscle tone increases again after 3-4 months
What is dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are made up of a specially formulated type of hyaluronic acid that sits naturally under your skin. It is a biodegradable gel that is easily injected into troublesome areas. This provides hydration, structure and volume, smoothing out the lines and wrinkles resulting in a younger, fresher, rejuvenated appearance.
What is the difference between botox and filler?
Dermal fillers are used to plump up the skin by adding volume. They may be used to fill in wrinkles caused by sagging skin, to restore volume lost to the ageing process, or to enhance areas of the face such as the lips.
Muscle relaxants such as Botox are used to treat wrinkles and lines caused by repeated muscle movement, such as crow’s feet and forehead creases. They work by temporarily weakening the underlying muscles.
Will it hurt?
The products we use have a local anaesthetic blended into the injected material itself. Also a topical anaesthetic is used to numb the skin prior to the injection process, significantly reducing the amount of discomfort experienced during the injection process. The injection process only takes a matter of minutes, and uses a very thin needle. Even sensitive areas such as the lips can be treated with minimal to no discomfort.
How long will the injecting take?
Depending on the area to be treated, the injection process itself takes between 10 -20 minutes .You can expect to spend half an hour or less in the clinic.
When will I see results?
You will see results immediately and will continue to improve over the following weeks.
Will people know I’ve had the treatment?
Our aim is to create a natural-looking enhancement to your appearance. Often, people who know you well will remark that you look well rested, or refreshed. Our experienced practitioners are able to avoid the “overdone”, or unnatural look that can occur when too much product is injected. Instead, our clients find that the treatment leaves them looking subtly rejuvenated.
Are results permanent?
No, the result is temporary, and can last between 3 months and a year, depending on the product used, the facial area treated, and your body’s ability to absorb the injected material. Many patients undergo regular touch-up injections in order to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
How long do results last?
This depends both on the type of dermal filler used, the area treated and the individual patient. Dermal fillers can last from 3 months to a year before the body has absorbed the injected material. Over time, you will notice the results of the treatment begin to fade, gradually returning your appearance to its pre-treatment state.
What can I expect afterwards?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience minor redness, swelling, and bruising. The treated area may also feel tender. These effects usually last 2-3 days and do not prevent patients from returning to work and other normal activities immediately after leaving the clinic.