Botox binds to the nerve endings and prevents muscles from contracting by blocking the release of acetylcholine, which causes muscle contractions from the nerve.
After a consultation to discuss your needs, a treatment plan is formulated. For the treatment you are on a couch, in a prone position, and asked to frown. The practitioner will mark the areas for treatment. Small injections will be put into those areas after cleaning with antiseptic solution. 'Before' photographs are taken which will be compared with those taken at a follow up appointment two weeks later.
The treatment is quick and simple. Most people liken the sensation to that of an ant sting. Usually people have treatment without the use of an anaesthetic as it is so quick, but cream is available if required.
Yes. Botox is a purified and safe form of botulin toxin which is licensed for use in treating many medical conditions, and used daily in the NHS.
No serious side effects have been reported when using botox for cosmedic treatments. Minor side effects occur in a small number of clients and have usually disappeared within a few days. Immediately after injecting there may be some mild swelling and redness but this should respond well to ice packs or arnica. There is the possibility of bruising but this can be covered with make-up. Rarely a drooping of the eyelid may occur which should resolve within a few weeks.
Botox is used for best results on the forehead, between the eyebrows and the 'crows feet' at the edge of the eyes. You will see a visible difference in a few days. Botox will create a subtle improvement to your appearance, and this is its appeal. Friends may comment on how relaxed you look, but you will still be able to smile and use expressions.
Kate White is the highly qualified and insured practitioner. She is a Registered General Nurse with membership to the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. After qualifying in 1992 at St Bartholomew's in London, she pursued a successful career in intensive care. Currently a Site Clinical Manager at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, she trained in medical aesthetics in Harley Street.
The cosmetic filler used contains hyaluronic acid. This is a natural sugar that is found in the skin, where its function is to maintain volume and pliability. The hyaluronic acid combines with molecules of water to increase in size, therefore filling the line in the face.
After assessment and pre-treatment photographs, the filler will be injected into the site using small fine needles. This will take anything from 15 - 45 minutes depending on the areas treated.
Most treatments are quick and simple and produce minimal discomfort. Most clients compare the sensation to that of an insect bite. However some areas that are naturally sensitive do require anaesthesia in the form of cream or injection if preferred.
Yes, dermal fillers are safe to use in men and women between the ages of 18 and 65. Hyaluronic acid is fully biodegradable, which means that as the gel breaks down it turns into water and carbon dioxide and disappears unnoticed from your body. It is a non animal product which does not require skin testing.
Immediately after treatment there may be slight redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area. This especially in the lips, so the end result is not visible straight away. These minor effects are temporary and should disappear within a few days.
The main areas that benefit are the nasolabial lines, the lips, corners of the mouth, and the marionette lines that run from the mouth down the chin. You will not have a 'trout pout' but a subtle enhancement (if lips are treated), and lines treated will be filled out creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Kate White. See her details above.
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