Botox® is a licensed brand of Botulinum toxin A and is used to relax and reduce fine lines & wrinkle, most commonly injected into forehead, crows feet and frown. It is a naturally occurring protein and is a very safe, effective treatment not only used in clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including migraine and excessive sweating.
Botox® is a prescription only medicine (POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists and nurses with a prescribing qualification. A face to face consultation appointment is required, then an appointment will be made for your treatment on a different day.
Treatment Time – 15-30 minutes.
Treatments required – Area(s) treated may require additional treatment at 2 weeks.
Results – Visible between 2-14 days.
Maintenance – Results tend to last 3-4 month. Movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks.
Downtime – 12 – 24 hours.
Am I suitable for treatment?
During your consultation appointment with Katrina Read, Independent Nurse Prescriber, you will complete a detailed medical history and assessment of your needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you. Botulinum Toxin (commonly referred to as Botox®) is a prescription only medicine. This means that you MUST have a face to face consultation to assess whether you are suitable for treatment.
Treatment is not recommended if you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area.
Not suitable if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Not suitable for patients with certain neurological disorders.
Not suitable if you are currently taking certain medicines.
If you have previously experienced adverse reactions to any botulinum toxin treatment.
How does it work?
The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle stays in a resting state for a period of 8 to 12 weeks on average. It may not ‘completely freeze’ the expression, particularly if extreme effort is exerted to make an expression. Botulinum toxin is not suitable for lines present without expression (static lines), your practitioner will advise you. There may be only a partial reduction in movement this very much depends on the amount administered and location of product placement.
Will it hurt?
A very fine needle is used and generally this treatment is not painful and can be well tolerated with no anaesthetic.
What areas can be treated?
Commonly referred to as Botox, anti-wrinkle injections are used to smooth lines and wrinkles for a younger, more rejuvenated look.
Worry lines (Forehead)
Crows feet (Eyes)
Lower face treatment to improve chin, jawline and appearance of neck, known as ‘Nefertiti Lift’
Are there any possible risks & side effects?
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed.
There are a few common side effects associated with Botox treatment, but they are natural and should resolve after a few days. You may experience some bruising, redness, and itchiness at the injection sites, as well as some mild symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and dizziness.
Should you experience any unexpected side effects or any that concern you, please contact the clinic.
What pre & post treatment care do I need to follow?
It is not advisable to have treatment if you are feeling at all unwell on the day of your appointment.
Avoid alcohol the day before and after treatment.
You will be provided with comprehensive aftercare advice designed to assist outcome, minimise risk and promote speedy recovery from any expected side effects
You will be advised to keep the target muscles active for a few hours and to avoid extremes of heat or cold, lying down or leaning over for 4 hours.
Vigorous exercise, sun exposure, sun beds, saunas or flying should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment.
Avoid any facial treatments for 2 weeks.