Botox is the most popular antiaging treatment used to smooth lines and wrinkles in the upper half of the face. It is a chemical that acts on the muscles to reduce movement and therefore smoothing out wrinkles and stopping them from getting worse. Botox (which stands for botulinum toxin) is the most widely known brand with others such as Azzalure and Bocoture also available.
What does Botox treat?
Botox is a very effective treatment for lines that appear on movement especially in the upper half of the face. It can still work for permanent lines (at rest) but is less effective for this. For lines in the bottom half of the face, other treatments including dermal fillers, radiofrequency and 1 stitch facelift are generally more effective.
Is Botox painful?
Although treatments are offered by many clinics, we take pride and special measures to ensuring that our Botox treatments are painless, and our results are tailored to the client. Whilst most clinics use insulin needles, we use even smaller needles to ensure a comfortable experience. Unlike other clinics we also use more than one needle during the course of your treatment ensuring it stays sharp and therefore pain free. “Is that it?” is the typical response we receive on completion of the treatment which typically takes less than 60 seconds to complete. To date, we have not had anyone not book for a second treatment due to pain.
What else is Botox used for?
Botox can be used for many other conditions apart from wrinkles such as;
Excessive underarm sweating
Jawline reduction (masseter muscle)
Who carries out the Botox treatments?
We only have highly experienced locally trained medical staff who work at this full time. This means you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
How long does the actual treatment take?
The Botox treatments will take less than a minute. The consultation is the part that takes longer and a 30 minute appointment will be set aside for new clients.
What will I look and feel like after Botox?
Immediately after Botox treatment there may be some redness and lumps and bumps – similar to an insect bite which completely resolves in around 20 minutes. Once these subside there is no sign that you have had any treatments. This is why many clients come on their lunch hour for treatments.
When the Botox has kicked in, patients who opt for a standard dose, look fresher and less tired. They will still have some movement but have a good improvement in wrinkles. Some clients opt for the “frozen look” and will have very little movement. Your highly experienced Doctor will advise and guide you and tailor your treatment to your specific needs.
How long does Botox take to work?
The onset of results varies between individuals but many clients tend to notice a difference within the first few days. Full results are generally seen at 2 weeks which is why our treatment reviews are conducted at this time.
How long does Botox last?
This varies from individual to individual but generally Botox lasts around 3-6 months before going back to baseline. The results tend to wear off gradually and don’t disappear overnight. You can expect to receive longer lasting results with an increased dose (“frozen look”), and/or with regular repeated treatments.
How much does Botox cost?
For the treatment of wrinkles, Botox is charged by area treated. The 3 commonest areas include the forehead, frown lines and round the sides of the eyes. Prices start from £100 for the first area treated with discounted rates for subsequent areas. For full pricing please see our aesthetics price list.
Can I take an allergic reaction to Botox?
We are probably Scotland’s busiest clinic and have never came across this. In fact we have never heard of anyone having an allergy to any of the main Botox brands. We do have
Doctors on site and the equipment necessary to start to counteract any allergies.
What are the Do’s and Don’ts after Getting Botox
Botox Aftercare tips
For at least 4 hours after treatment:
Do not bend excessively
For 12 hours after treatment:
Avoid extreme facial expressions
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
Avoid wearing make-up (although this is not strictly followed by most)
For 2 days after treatment:
Do not rub or massage the treated area, this may cause the injected solution to spread to nearby muscles
After washing, pat skin dry very gently with a soft towel
Avoid gym activity
For 2 weeks after treatment:
Avoid exposure to strong sunlight, very cold temperatures and saunas
Do not have any beauty treatments on your face e.g. facials, facial massage, threading, waxing.
Is there a review?
A 2 week review appointment is booked on the day of treatment and is included in the price. The practitioner may carry out some tweaks at this point depending on the results.