Botox treatment in London
The treatment of wrinkles with botulinum toxin injections
What is botox used for?
Botulinum toxin injections are known for their ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face. It tends to be more of a preventative treatment to facial wrinkles than being restorative. The most common facial areas for treatment are the crow’s feet, bunny lines and frown line areas.
A botulinum toxin product can also be used in combination with fillers that are more useful for severe frown lines and folds in the face. Cosmetic procedures tend not to qualify for insurance coverage but please check your policy to make sure.They are also used in non cosmetic procedures to treat conditions such as eyelid twitching (blepharospasm), facial spasm, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), neck pain (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder (detrusor overactivity), chronic migraines and a squint to the eye. Botulinum toxin is produced by bacterium clostridium botulinum.
How long does it last?
What does the procedure do to your face?
How bad is botox?
At what age should you start?
Who shouldn't do it?
Can botox ruin your face?
Is 50 too late to start?
There is no upper age limit for this treatment. Many people in their 60’s or older have botulinum toxin treatments as well as dermal fillers for a rejuvenated and refreshed look.
Does it make you look older after it wears off?
People do fear that they will age dramatically after stopping the treatment. The reality is that botox injections prevent the formation of wrinkles. As it starts to wear off you will start the normal process of wrinkle formation. Your skin won’t develop lines overnight and you will still look relatively younger even after stopping; depending on how long you have been having the treatment for.
What should you avoid before Botox?
You should try to avoid the following:
- Excessive alcohol for 24 hours before the procedure.
- Avoid blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E for 7 days before to minimise bruising.
- Cancel your appointment if you have an active urinary tract infection, blurred vision or a skin infection over the planned injection site
- Inform your doctor or healthcare provider of any nerve conditions, medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus or prescription medicines you are taking before having the procedure.
- Let your doctor know of any allergic reactions or vision problems you have had in the past.
What should you not do after the procedure?
You should not do the following after your injections:
- Try to avoid any head down positions for 4 hours (like shopping for shoes).
- Avoid any pressure or massage to the injection site including facials for 4 hours.
- Avoid any headwear that fits tightly across the forehead such as sweatbands for 24 hours.
- No strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
- Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours.
- Tell your doctor if you develop any immediate allergic reactions.