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Botox (Botulinum toxin)
What is Botox?
Botox has been researched thoroughly over the last 50 years and has been used medically for much of this time to treat muscular disorders. It has been used cosmetically for some 20 years as part of a popular facial treatment for frown lines and 'crows' feet'. It is also used to combat excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis.
Botox is the name of the original treatment of this type but there are other brands on the market. We use a variety of brands because different varieties suit different people. They are equally effective and give excellent results. We only ever use UK manufactured Botox or similar treatments, and never import Chinese botox.
Botox has been licensed for use in the treatment of children with lower limb spasticity and facial and/or neck spasms for many years. Botox treatment is equally suitable for men and women, and is now licensed to be used cosmetically for the treatment of frown lines.
Who is the procedure suitable for?
Botox is suitable for men or women from the age of 18. However, at A New You we don't treat pregnant women or nursing mothers. It is most popular on the upper part of the face such as 'crows' feet', frown lines, and forehead lines. It can also be used on lines often caused by smoking, around the lips. It can be used on the neck to help with 'stringy' skin, and is also an excellent treatment for excessive sweating and migraines. Botox is often used in conjunction with facial fillers to obtain optimum results.
What can I expect?
The practitioner will ask you to frown or smile as hard as you can, so that the exact pattern of muscle movement can be observed and marked. Then Botox is injected in minute quantities directly into the muscle. This causes the crease to relax for up to three to four months. As the muscle is relaxed, the crease is prevented from getting worse, and facial lines soften.
Botox works gradually over seven to ten days, reaching its maximum effect after three or four weeks. The whole process takes no more than 15 minutes. The injections, though brief, are slightly uncomfortable, leaving tiny red marks which will disappear within a few hours.
It is presently the most popular requested non-surgical treatment with a 99% success rate but on very rare occasions a resistance to these treatments may result in little or no improvement.
After having Botox a few times, the muscle 'learns' not to frown as much and you will find the effects last longer than three - four months. You may find you only need a top-up twice a year.
Impartial and Informative Consultation
It is very important to discuss your goals and expectations before making a decision and we want you to be fully and properly prepared. Our consultations are held at our Brighton clinic. Consultations are totally confidential, and there's absolutely no obligation to proceed. To book a consultation, call on 01273 604444, email us or fill in ourcontact form.