Botox treatment in London
The treatment of wrinkles with botulinum toxin injections
What is botox used for?
Botulinum toxin injections are a popular cosmetic treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face. This type of treatment tends to be more preventative than restorative and is commonly used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, bunny lines, and frown lines. Botulinum toxin can also be used in combination with facial fillers to address more severe wrinkles and folds.
Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is used in both cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures. In addition to reducing wrinkles and folds, it is used to treat conditions such as eyelid twitching, facial spasm, excessive sweating, neck pain, overactive bladder, chronic migraines, and a squint to the eye.
How long does it last?
Injections of botulinum toxin typically last for a median duration of 3-4 months; however, the length of time may vary from person to person. Some patients may experience an effect that lasts longer than 4 months, while others may experience an effect that lasts as little as 2 months. First-time treatments may also have a shorter effect, which tends to increase with subsequent treatments.
What does the procedure do to your face?
Botox injections are used to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, making it easier for the skin above them to smooth out and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. As the muscles relax, the skin regains its natural smoothness, allowing wrinkles to fade.
How bad is botox?
Botox injections are generally considered to be a safe procedure, as the doses used are very small and serious side effects are extremely rare.
Typical side effects in the eye area may include drooping eyelids, uneven brows, dry eyes and watery eyes, while side effects around the mouth may consist of an uneven smile or drooling. However, these side effects are usually temporary, and can be avoided by using the recommended dose at each injection site.
In rare cases, botulinum-like symptoms may develop, such as difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, general muscle weakness, double vision, urinary retention, or urinary incontinence. If any of these symptoms occur, immediate medical attention should be sought.
At what age should you start?
Botulinum toxin cosmetic treatments are not approved for use in pediatric patients (those aged 18 or younger), as there is limited clinical trial data to support its use in those cases. Generally, those in their late twenties and early to mid thirties are thought to be good candidates for preventative treatment injections.
Who shouldn't do it?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid Botox injections, as there is not enough data to determine how it may affect the unborn baby or breast milk. Additionally, those with neurological conditions such as Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome should not receive Botox treatments, and those who have had severe adverse reactions to treatments in the past should also avoid it.LIF
Can botox ruin your face?
Over time, the repeated use of muscle relaxant injections may cause the muscles to become weaker, resulting in fewer wrinkles. However, it can also cause the skin to appear thinner, and the surrounding muscles may be recruited to create facial expressions, leading to an abnormal facial change. For example, instead of wrinkling the forehead when surprised, one may start to see wrinkling on the side of the nose.
Is 50 too late to start?
There is no maximum age limit for this treatment. Many people at 60 or older have botulinum toxin treatments as well as dermal fillers for a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.
Does it make you look older after it wears off?
People are afraid that they will age significantly after stopping treatment. The fact is that botox injections prevent the formation of wrinkles. When they begin to fade, the natural process of wrinkle formation will begin. Your skin lines will not develop overnight and will still look relatively younger even after stopping; depending on how long you have been on the treatment.
What should you avoid before Botox?
You should try to avoid the following:
- avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours before undergoing a botox procedure.
- Avoid blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E for 7 days before.
- Cancel your appointment if you have an active urinary tract infection, blurred vision, or 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:
- To ensure a safe and successful botox procedure, it is important to follow certain guidelines before and after the procedure.
- Before the procedure, try to avoid any head-down positions for 4 hours, such as shopping for shoes, and avoid any pressure or massage to the injection site including facials for 4 hours. After the procedure
- Avoid any headwear that fits tightly across the forehead such as sweatbands for 24 hours
- No strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Additionally,
- It is important to avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours before the procedure.
- In case of any immediate allergic reactions, it is important to inform your doctor immediately.
Can Botox lift the eyebrows?
Botox injections can be a great option for treating wrinkles between the eyebrows and elevating the height of the eyebrows. The injections work by relaxing the facial muscles in this area and providing a subtle lift. This can be a suitable treatment for mild cases of wrinkles, while more significant cases may require surgery.