Botox (botulinum toxin) injections

Botox (botulinum toxin) injections

Botox (botulinum toxin) injections

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified natural protein chemically derived from bacteria that can be injected into a muscle to cause temporary muscular relaxation. It can be used to treat the appearance of frown lines, worry lines and laughter lines, for example, all of which are caused by the repeated contractions of the facial muscles. Botox typically reduces the appearance of wrinkles by about 80%, leading to a more youthful, fresh appearance.

Botulinum Toxin Type A has been used for cosmetic purposes in thetreatment of wrinkles since the 1990s and is currently the most popular treatment available. In fact, Botox injections in the UK are becoming increasingly popular because they offer a non-surgical, less invasive and cheaper alternative to cosmetic surgery. The treatment is convenient to administer, widely tolerated by the majority of patients and offers a high level of customer satisfaction.

Is it a safe drug?

Like all other prescription medicines, if used with precision and accuracy by specially trained and experienced individuals, Botulinum Toxin is a very safe drug, with minimal side-effects and complications.

How does it work?

Botox works by binding to the junction between the nerve and the muscle locally (at the precise point where it is injected) to stop the signal being transmitted, therefore preventing the contraction of those individual muscle fibres. This effect is reversible; in time, these junctions recover their normal function and the toxin is broken down by the body and removed.

Does Botox work immediately?

No, Botox takes between 3-14 days to take full effect.

How long does Botox last?

This varies significantly between individuals. On average, it lasts approximately four months.

How often can I have my Botox treatments repeated? 

It is wise to wait until the previous dose has worn off before receiving another treatment. We generally advise a minimum of three months between repeat treatments.

I want a natural look, and am scared of looking expressionless and frozen. How can this be achieved?

At Lush Lips Aesthetic , we always strive to obtain the natural look. With Botox, a standard dose to the individual muscles is administered. After two weeks, we offer a complimentary follow-up and free top-up for most Botox treatments. This is to ensure that patients are not over-treated and the risk of side effects is minimised.

What does the treatment involve?

An integral part of the treatment is the consultation. Together with your doctor, you will discuss the problem areas, the possible treatments and any concerns will be addressed. We will then require you to sign a consent form and to take pre-treatment photos. The doctor will then apply numbing cream to the area. At this stage, she will mark the sites to be injected and, after cleaning the area, the treatment will be administered in the form of fine injections using very fine needles. Anti-bruising cream is then applied to the treated area(s).

I am needle-phobic, how painful is the procedure?

We understand that many of our patients may be apprehensive about being on the receiving end of a needle, so while we reassure you that this is a relatively painless procedure with minimal side-effects, we do apply numbing cream to the area to be treated beforehand. 

What are the possible side-effects?

It is common to have small raised bumps of skin at the injection site; these may be slightly red and will go down about 20 minutes after the treatment (please feel free to wait in our waiting room enjoying a cup of tea until these go down!). 

Bruising at the injection site may occasionally occur; this will resolve quickly.

It is quite common to experience a mild headache after Botox injection to the face. This can be easily treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

Are there any long-term complications?

As the effects of Botox are not permanent, most complications will last as long as it takes for the effects of the Botox to wear off.

What are the long-term complications?

These are very rare and depend on the site involved. Complications can include migration of the product to surrounding muscles causing weakness in areas where muscle movement is still required.

Your doctor will talk you through the side-effects and potential complications and address any concerns you might have prior to administering the treatment.

I've heard so many horror stories. Which are true?

Please discuss any concerns with your doctor. 

Who cannot or shouldn't receive Botox?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women; people taking anti-coagulant medication, including herbal medicines (please do not stop any medication before discussing it with your GP or with the specialist prescribing that medicine); infection at the injection site; people with allergies to egg albumin or known allergies to Botulinum Toxin; people who have suffered previous severe adverse reaction to the toxin and concomitant treatment with some aminoglycosides.

Will my wrinkles rebound when the Botox wears off?

The wrinkles will return to the state they were in before. They won’t be any worse.

What should I do or not do following the treatment?

For the next four to six hours, do not rub or massage the area, avoid strenuous exercise, avoid hot baths, showers or saunas, do not lie flat and avoid alcohol.

For the next four to six hours, do not rub or massage the area, avoid strenuous exercise, avoid hot baths, showers or saunas, do not lie flat and avoid alcohol.