Botulinum Toxin is the household name for facial aesthetics. They are the most popular thanks to their painless, non-surgical application. The toxin has a paralytic side-effect which is exploited in cosmetics. When introduced at particular points under the skin, Botox relaxes the muscles and smoothens the skin.
What does the treatment involve?
An ultra-fine needle is used to precisely deliver small amounts of a purified protein. This prevents certain facial muscles from contracting, which stops the skin from creasing.
Treatment takes around 10-15 minutes and the effects will show in a couple of days. These injections are most often used in the upper part of the face to correct forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Uses of Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum Toxin is most commonly used for anti-ageing treatments. It can be used to combat different types of wrinkles and lines. We use Botulinum Toxin for:
- Brow lift
- Contouring the lower face
- Chin dimpling
- Reducing the appearance of a sad mouth
- Bunny lines
- Frown lines
If you feel that you show too much gum when you smile, you can have botox applied in your upper lip to reduce the hyper-active muscle action that causes your lip to move too much.
Botulinum Toxin has been proven to help reduce excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. It effectively blocks the nerves that cause the excessive sweating and can help treat a sometimes very embarrassing condition.
Headaches and migraines
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, you may want to consider using Botulinum Toxin treatment. Studies have proven that the toxin, when injected at sites around the forehead, reduces the chance of a migraine attack. There is no conclusive reason why it works, however scientists believe that Botulinum Toxin inhibits the nerves that cause the headaches to occur.
We strongly suggest that you talk to your GP about chronic headaches and migraines before choosing Botulinum Toxin treatment.
When our necks tighten with age, the platysma bands become more noticeable. These are the cords that appear when you tighten your neck on purpose. If they are visible even when relaxed, you may want to have treatment to make them appear youthful and smooth.
We inject a muscle relaxant to the bands which relaxes the muscles, causing them to become far less visible. The treatment is temporary so you may choose to repeat the procedure to keep the effect.