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Botox is an injectable anti-aging treatment used to smooth out wrinkles on the brow, sort out crow’s feet and frown lines, and smooth bobbly chins and necks. It’s not expensive, is hugely common, and it can be done in your lunch hour.
Cost: £200-£400 per session
Treatment Time: 30 minutes
How long does it last? 4-6 months
|Botox for crow’s feet||Botox brow-lift||Botox for frown-lines||Botox for bobbly chins||Botox for necklace lines||Botox for neck bands|
|Relaxes the smiling/squinting muscles around the outer corner of the eyes||Facial expressions naturally crease our brow; Botox can help||The vertical lines between the eyebrows can be smoothed with Botox||If you pucker your chin a lot, the dents and mounds you make can become permanent||By our forties or fifties, permanent crease lines in the neck are often formed||Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis, and affects as many women as it does men|
|Helps both existing crow’s feet lines, and prevention of new ones||Works by relaxing the muscles that “pull down||Injected into the muscles, not the actual lines, Botox makes it harder to form the crease||Botox, combined with filler, can smooth it out||Botox can soften these creases; it’s great for the thin, delicate skin there||The thin muscle just under the skin can form into “bands”, and Botox makes them less obvious|
|Choose a natural look with small quantities, or freeze more muscles with more Botox||“Up-pulling” muscles then have the advantage, et viola! You have your brow lift||Frown-line treatment is good for prevention as much as cure||Only trust a truly skilled and experienced practitioner with this- it’s a tricky one!||The alternative to Botox for the neck is a surgical neck lift, which is better for tightening loose skin||A surgical neck lift couldn’t even make them “disappear”, so Botox is a great option for reducing appearance|
Andrea, Age 55 - West LondonI get Botox every six months. Before a treatment I remove any makeup from the treatment areas, and then I sit propped up on the couch. I have to smile and frown so the doctor can see where he needs to put the Botox in, but I relax my face for the injecting part.
Each injection lasts about three seconds. Any discomfort I feel is normally the bit where he does under my eyes, but it’s so quick my pain isn’t for long.
I get a few injections on my temples, a few on my eyebrows, and three or four around the edges of each eye. The doctor gives me a cool-pack to hold against the injection site, to stop bruising. The ice pack is wrapped in tissue paper that blots away any tiny blood dots that might be there.
Before I leave I wait ten minutes to let any redness go down. I’m not allowed to cover it with makeup because it takes a couple of hours for the needle-pricks to heal over.
Normally I don’t see a change right away. After a few days I sense a bit of resistance when I try to scrunch up my face, and after a week, even though I can still smile and frown, it’s more difficult to make deep furrows and lines.
This normally all lasts about four months on me; as I feel the muscles get stronger again I know it’s time for a top-up. Because I stay on top of it, my crow’s feet have pretty much disappeared. I look calmer and more relaxed.
I’ve been using Botox for about three years now. It’s like wearing makeup or colouring my hair - just part of my beauty routine. My tip for anyone thinking about trying Botox for wrinkles is that the unnatural, all-smooth “frozen” look is avoidable if you go to an expert. Check out the credentials of your doctor!
Eleanor, Age 47 - EssexTwo years ago I started sweating under my arms - really badly. I’m 48, so thought it was probably menopause. But it wasn’t only the embarrassment that was a problem; I run a high-profile business so I felt like it really hampered my work. Then I saw an article in the paper Dr Patrick Bowler had been quoted in, about Botox for sweating.
I’m a skeptic normally, but honestly - Botox is brilliant. I started having it last year. Once I’d chatted with the doctor and checked it didn’t go into your bloodstream- all the horror stories you hear like that- I decided to go on ahead with it.
He did a test with talc and iodine to see where to put the injections. It wasn’t painful; it was just a few pinpricks. Within 20 minutes of going in, I was out again. It took about to week to work and then lasted five months.
It’s the best thing I ever did. Bad sweating is very embarrassing, especially if you have to look good for your job. My advice? Just don’t worry. If you have a problem, find the answer. If you sweat profusely - get Botox.
Botox Hints & Tips
- If it’s your first Botox treatment ask your doctor to give you the minimum amount, returning a month later if you need to. Courthouse Clinics always offer a complimentary top-up, since the amount of Botox required varies between patients.
- Botox doesn’t work on the shallower, finer lines that gather in the crescent shape under the eye. For this, we have other options.
- Good skin care is vital for delaying the arrival of forehead lines. Botox is a great treatment, but don’t forget to look after your skin to get it looking as good as it can be. It’s worth having a complimentary skincare analysis and consultation with one of our skincare specialists to make sure you are getting the best advice on at home skincare and treatments that will compliment your Botox treatments.
- Ask your doctor for photographs of their previous work, and ask to see client testimonials. Our doctors are happy to provide these for your reassurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What exactly is Botox?
Botox is a toxin that temporarily weakens the muscles that gather your skin into folds, making it crease-proof enough to prevent wrinkles becoming established. A doctor can pinpoint which muscles to weaken. When injected, Botox attaches itself to the target muscle. Once it wears off, normally after about four months, the muscles regenerate and regain enough strength to start creasing up your skin again.
Is Botox Safe?
There are literally hundreds of studies showing that Botox is perfectly safe as long as it is used in the recommended amounts. We only use a tiny amount to treat wrinkles- less than a tenth of the amount used for treating conditions like Cerebral Palsy.
Side-effects of Botox
About ten per cent of people say they get a headache within 24 hours of having Botox injections. Nobody knows why- it’s not necessarily that Botox causes the headache. Headaches are normally short-lived, though, fading within 48 hours.
Whenever you scratch or pierce skin enough to make it bleed, there is always chance of inflammation. After Botox you must leave your face alone- no makeup or touching for a good few hours. The wounds need time to heal.
Sometimes there can be a very slight bruise around the needle-prick, which may take a week or so to disappear. Don’t worry too much- this will be very mild, and easy to conceal with makeup.
Area Treated: Forehead frown-lines
Botox prices start from £200
Prices varies depending on the size and number of areas requiring treatment. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 555 5050. One of our customer care advisors will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as booking you in for a free-of-charge, no obligation consultation with an experienced aesthetic practitioner.
You shouldn’t have Botox if you:
- are taking muscle relaxants
- have a muscle-weakening disorder
- are pregnant
- are breastfeeding
- have alcohol is your system: the injections are more likely to give you bruises and alcohol can make the Botox spread to muscles you don’t want to treat.
Some more information about Botox
- Botox doesn’t cause droopy eyelids – any stories about this in cheap magazines are just gossip. The only way you can get droopy lids from Botox injections is if your doctor gives you too much or puts it in the wrong place. Blame the workman, not his tools.
- You’ll never be left “expressionless” by Botox. Botox works on the muscles where it is injected,8 it can’t float around freezing other muscles in your face. It’s important to see a practitioner who is properly trained to ensure the best possible care.
- Botox is also used for treating stress-related headaches. We’ve had patients report migraine symptoms have eased after Botox for wrinkles treatment.
- It’s incredibly important never to get Botox done at a nail salon, or at a “Botox Party” in somebody’s home. A doctor must always be present.
- Women are more pain-sensitive when they have got their period. If you are considering injections, avoid this time.