ANTI WRINKLE TREATMENTS (BOTOX)
What is Botox?
Anti-Wrinkle Injections are commonly known as Botox. Botox is a toxin produced in nature by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum, the toxin is regularly used by aesthetic and medical professionals alike for lots of different treatment types. According to the 2020 Global Survey from ISAPS, Botox treatments accounted for 43.2% of non-surgical treatments carried out over the year.
In the aesthetics industry, it is primarily used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by relaxing overactive facial muscles, however, Botox injections can also help to treat medical conditions such as excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and eye spasms. Anti-wrinkle injections have many other uses such as to improve 'gummy smiles', treat hyperhidrosis, and for a non-surgical mini facelift, the so-called 'Nefertiti lift'.
Anti-Wrinkle injections have an excellent record of safety and have been used in medical procedures for over forty years. They can be a very pleasing alternative to surgical face lifts that often require many months of recovery time. The effects of Botox will last for several months and can look more natural than surgical alternatives. While botulinum toxin is found in nature as a toxin the product we use in aesthetic treatments is a purified version free from contaminants and used in very small doses.
If you would like to find out more about anti-wrinkle treatments or book in for a consultation please contact us or check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page. You can also read more about Botox on the NHS website.
I perform anti-wrinkle injection treatments in almost every clinic that I run, if you're interested in finding out more you can contact me or book an appointment to come and see my at my clinic base near Ipswich, Suffolk.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is one of the most widely known brands of botulinum toxin injections used for a variety of beauty and health conditions, there are now more brands on the market but Botox was the original. Botulinum toxins are neurotoxins that affect nerves and cause muscle weakness. You might get a botulinum toxin injection for cosmetic or medical reasons. Healthcare providers inject small amounts of Botox into specific muscles to smooth wrinkles, prevent migraine headaches, prevent sweating (hyperhydrosis), and treat a wide range of other health conditions.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox is considered very safe when administered by a licensed healthcare provider like myself, please make sure you are doing thorough research when choosing your aesthetics practitioner and ensure they have some level of medical qualification (Nurse, Doctor, or Dentist).
Does Botox Hurt?
The needles used for Botox injections are extremely small and as a result, most people experience little to no discomfort during treatment. Some individuals describe a slight pinching or stinging sensation which is normal when injecting into the skin and the muscles.
TIME IT TAKES TO WORK
BACK TO WORK
DURATION OF RESULTS
Mild bruising/swelling Allergy (very rarely)
Commonly Asked Questions
Botulinum toxin blocks the messaging system used to tell muscles to contract. This leads to temporary weakening in the muscle lasting about 16 weeks with repeat injections of the toxin approximately every three months being required to maintain the desired effect. The effects of botulinum toxin treatment are not instant, you will start to notice a difference about 5 days later with maximum results visible at two weeks.
Studies have shown that with repeated treatments the effects build-up meaning that you need less toxin, less frequently to achieve the same results.
Smoothing of wrinkles will be apparent after the first treatment but the longer the skin over the muscle is free of stimulation the greater the effect.
The aim of botox is NOT to freeze the face but to gently smooth lines and give you a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.
Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment worldwide with 5,145,189 botox® treatments carried out in 2013.
87% of people having treatment are women but there are also many men having treatment too and this number is increasing.
The simple answer to this is yes.
Botulinum toxin was first used medically in 1950 and it has been used in cosmetics since 1991 with an excellent record of safety, especially when administered by a qualified cosmetic professional. B. A paper by the National Library of Medicine showcases that there are no long-term or life-threatening effects based on administrating the correct dose for a cosmetic treatment.
However, as with all cosmetic treatments, there are side effects that you should be aware of. We will discuss these later in the article.
The needle used to administer Botox injections is usually very fine, and very rarely results in any bruising or pain. Most patients report a fine scratch sensation when the needle is inserted, and some may feel a slight “sting” at the site of the injection.
Overall Botox is minimally invasive and very rarely do patients report that the procedure is painful. You can ask your practitioner for a topical anaesthetic, should you wish to numb the areas being treated.
This treatment is suitable for anyone who is showing signs of ageing. We usually start treating patients from their late 20s all the way up to their 90s. EJHaesthetics does not carry out any treatment on those younger than 21.
You will be asked to sit on the treatment couch in a semi-reclined position so that you are comfortable. Administration of treatment is quick and will be done in less than two minutes.
There are some potential common side effects following Botox, ranging from minor to serious symptoms. Your aesthetics practitioner should always run you through the potential side effects and offer you a complete aftercare package to help minimise and control any possible side effects also.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
- Redness — This is common after injections of any kind and you can expect this to go down after 30 minutes or so. If it persists, speak to your aesthetics practitioner to review the injection site
- Bruising — This may occur in more sensitive areas, but a good practitioner can reduce the chance of this happening. Bruises should fade naturally after a week or two
- Infection — Always keep the injection site clean after your procedure to avoid infection. However, if the Botox area looks red and swollen, visit the doctor’s office to have the injection site reviewed
- Pain at the injection site — It’s common for this to occur after any anaesthetic has worn off. Apply a cold compress to the area to ease the pain.
- Muscle weakness or stiffness — Provided this is a relatively mild feeling, this is also quite common, but if you’re worried, speak to your practitioner
- Headache, Cold or flu-like symptoms — Along with a headache, these can be common after Botox and should fade after 24 hours. Drink plenty of water, rest, and consult your doctor if the symptoms persist
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
- Blurred vision — Sometimes known as double vision, this can sometimes occur after injections around the eyes. This is uncommon and will wear off with the Botox, but you should consult your doctor
- Allergic reaction — If you experience itchiness, a rash, trouble swallowing or breathing, or severe dizziness, seek immediate medical attention. This is extremely rare but always worth being aware of
- Crooked or droopy eyelids or mouth — Web MD explains, “Around 5% of people who get Botox will have problems with eyelid droop. This number falls to less than 1% if a skilled doctor does the injection”. Ensure that you are always choosing the best possible aesthetics practitioner who has the most knowledge of facial anatomy to minimise this risk
The best way to achieve natural-looking Botox that enhances your natural beauty is to look for a reputable practitioner, with a good number of reviews, and who has plenty of experience. Make sure you begin with an initial consultation to outline your expectations and discuss what is achievable. Your practitioner should be honest with you about what’s possible, and you should leave the consultation understanding the benefits and risks of any treatment you wish to undertake.
You should feel safe and comfortable with the practitioner administering your Botox treatment, so when choosing a cosmetic practitioner make sure you consider the following:
- They should be a medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse or dentist. This is because these professions have extensive training on facial anatomy and will also be best placed to help you should you experience any potential side effects, whether that be with Botox or other treatments such as Dermal Fillers
- The clinic has a strong presence on Google, with many authentic good reviews
- You are offered a consultation beforehand to discuss your needs and outcomes
- They are honest about what you can achieve with Botox alone and may offer alternative or additional treatment
- They have good testimonials from other happy clients who have received similar forms of treatment
- They offer a two-week check to monitor treatment progress and ensure you are happy with your results
EJH Aesthetics is a leading cosmetic clinic based near Ipswich and Woodbridge in Suffolk. I specialise in Botox treatments and have been administering a range of cosmetic treatments to my clients for the last 6 years. Get in contact with me to book a consultation and discuss whether Botox is the right treatment for you!
DISCLAIMER: ALL TREATMENTS WILL ONLY BE CARRIED OUT FOLLOWING FULL CONSULTATION AND IF YOUR ARE DEEMED MEDICALLY SUITABLE. RESULTS MAY VARY BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS DEPENDING ON FACTORS SUCH AS LIFESTYLE AND AGE AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.