Wrinkles and fine lines aren’t just tell-tale signs of ageing; frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes, like crows feet, can make you look tired or ‘hard’.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a naturally purified protein that works as a muscle relaxant. It is often prescribed by doctors in the UK to treat medical conditions such as chronic migraines, eyelid spasms and hyerhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet).
What can Botox® be used for?
As we get older, it is natural for wrinkles, brow furrows and forehead lines to appear. This can often be caused by weakened collagen in the skin because of excessive sun exposure, gravity, excess facial movement or genetic pre-disposition.
Botox® can be used to treat facial lines caused by the action of these muscles on the skin, through anti-wrinkle injections. It reversibly relaxes facial muscles to smooth those unwanted wrinkles and stop deeper lines forming.
How soon will I notice results?
It normally takes between five to seven days for Botox® injections to work.
How long does Botox® last?
You may need to repeat the treatment approximately every three to four months in order to maintain your fresh and natural appearance.
Is there any downtime?
Treatment usually takes around 20 minutes. A little bruising may occur, which can be easily camouflaged with make-up. There is no downtime and you can resume normal daily activities right away.
Will the injections hurt?
You should feel merely a mild sting on your skin that lasts seconds.
Are there any side effects?
It is possible that you may experience a headache or localised reactions such as redness, swelling, irritation or bruising. If they occur, these side effects are usually mild to moderate and reversible. Slight drooping of the eyelid or visual disturbances are very rare side effects.
What level of costs are typically involved?
Wrinkle Relaxing Injections cost from £195.
Gummy Smile Treatment with Botox®
A gummy smile is a phenomenon that occurs when some people smile and their upper lip elevates excessively above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing, what many feel, is an unattractive smile. This has several causes. One of the causes is a hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more. Fortunately, a gummy smile can be simply and effectively corrected by Botox® injections to reduce the activity of the muscles that elevate the upper lip.
A small amount of Botox® will be injected at both sides of the junction of the nostril and nose to mouth fold to weaken the muscles. Within the next three to four days, elevation of the upper lip will gradually reduce, showing less gum and increasing confidence to smile without inhibition. The full result will be achieved around two weeks after the treatment.
Avoid touching, massaging or applying cosmetics or creams to the area for six hours.
Suitability for treatment
A medical assessment will be carried out initially to exclude pre-existing medical conditions, including:
- Diseases that affect the muscles and nerves, such as Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome
- Allergies to any botulinum toxin products
- History of facial surgery or plans to have surgery in the future
- Pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding
Are there any potential side effects?
Injection-related side effects are minimal and temporary and may include some redness, swelling or bruising. Spreading of the Botulinum toxin to nearby muscle can cause temporary relaxation. This can be easily prevented by avoiding rubbing or massaging the treated areas for approximately four hours post operatively.
How long will the results last?
The results last from four to six months. The longevity of the result is variable and each individual may obtain a different result. A plan for regular follow-up treatments to maintain the initial result can be created. Our treatment provides a long-lasting but not permanent result, allowing the option of refining your treatment in tune with changing taste and fashion.
What will happen if I stop having the treatment?
Your smile will go back to where it was. You can stop and start having treatment again whenever you prefer, providing you are suitable.
Gummy smile treatment costs £195 per session.