I offer Botox injections here at my Teddington clinic and they are VERY popular. I get beautiful results for
my clients and the aim is always to make you look fresh and well. I definately don’t want you to have a frozen face or look weird. Natural looking results all the way! To see some of my work, I post lots of before & after images on my social media profiles which you can have a look at.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This protein is used in cosmetic medicine to treat moderate to severe frown lines (glabellar lines), and other areas, as well as uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles, and facial creases. These procedures use a small amount of diluted botulinum toxin that enables controlled weakening of muscles. You can read more about Botox and how it works here on one of my blogs.
What is Botox® used for?
In aesthetic/cosmetic practice, Botox® is used to temporarily relax muscles, limiting the action of muscle contraction. By doing this, the skin above tends to smooth out leaving a less lined appearance. Treatments are usually given to the upper third of the face and around the eyes for the reduction or elimination of lines and wrinkles caused by frowning, squinting or other types of expression. The popular three ‘areas’ for treatment are usually the glabellar (frown lines), forehead and around the eyes (crow’s feet).
More advanced techniques can also be used on the rest of the face to smooth the jaw line and relax a ‘cobbled’ chin appearance.
Botox® is also used to treat excessive sweating under the arms, known as Hyperhidrosis – The botox effects the amount of sebum produced resulting in less sweat. This is a very effective procedure and my clients see great results which really impact their lives.
BabyBotox is a term used for preventative Botox – smaller amounts of Botox are injected to enhance a smooth appearance and to prevent lines and wrinkles from developing.
HIMtox is a term used for males who have Botox®. Men usually need a larger dose of Botox® due to having thicker muscles.
Botox is charged per area;
One area – 200.00 pounds
Two areas – 280.00 pounds
Three areas – 350.00 pounds
Four areas – 410.00 pounds
Hyperhydrosis 500.00 pounds
Why should you choose The Skin Nurse for your Botox® injections?
As you will see on my about page, I am a very experienced and sympathetic practitioner who has delivered many Botox® procedures with outstanding results. I have a fabulous client base who return to me year after year. I am an Independent Nurse Prescriber, which means I have the legal status to prescribe this medication. Please note that many nurses and even beauty therapists are offering the same service illegally and are not licensed to do so – please be aware and stay safe: Always check to see whether your practitioner is registered to prescribe with The Nursing and Midwifery Council
How does Botox work?
When botulinum toxin (Botox®) is injected into the small facial muscles, the nerve impulses are temporarily relaxed. As the nerve impulses are blocked, the muscle is temporarily unable to contract, which means that the dynamic wrinkles cannot form on the skin above. This gives the overlying facial skin a softer, smoother and more youthful appearance.
Who can prescribe and administer Botox® injections?
Botox® is a medication and must be prescribed by a qualified prescriber (either a Doctor or an Independent Nurse Prescriber). It should also be administered by the person who has carried out the consultation and written the prescription. Botox® should not be administered by beauty therapists or any other therapist/professional/specialist, not only is it illegal but it is unethical and very dangerous.
Who can have Botox® injections?
Botox® can be used to treat men and women who are between the ages of 18-65 at the practitioner’s discretion.
Who can’t have Botox® injections?
Pregnant or breast-feeding mothers. People with infections at the proposed injection sites. People who have previously reacted badly to BOTOX® injections. People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles, such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome, Bells Palsy or those who’ve had a previous CVA (Cerebrovascular accident).
What’s involved in the Botox treatment?
You will need a full consultation and if you are suitable for treatment, Botox® will be prescribed for you, just like a your GP would prescribe you any other medication. You will be treated in a clinically safe and hygienic environment. You will be asked to sit/lie on a couch and made comfortable. Your skin will be prepared and the tiny injections will be administered in the required areas. You will be given after-care advice and details of what to expect following treatment. You can then return to your normal activities.
What should you do after treatment?
You should avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials or massages for 48 hours to ensure that the Botox remains at the site of injection and to prevent any infection at the injection site. Avoid steam baths, saunas, vigorous exercise and alcohol for 48 hours. If bruising develops, you can apply Arnica cream. Paracetamol can be taken for mild pain, post-procedure, but this is usually unnecessary.
When will I see results after Botox injections?
Results will sometimes be seen very soon after treatment but the effects usually start to develop after 3-3 days after the procedure. The full effect will be seen after 2-3 weeks, which is when I aways offer a review appointment to ensure great results have been achieved.
How long will the Botox last?
Procedures usually need to be repeated every 3-6 months. Clinical trials do suggest that people who have regular treatment over the first year (ie every three months) will only need bi-annual treatments after this. Everyone metabolises Botox differently and it is dependent on your muscle mass and lifestyle, for example if you are a regular runner – your Botox will fade sooner due to the high impact exercise.
Will I still have expression in my face?
Botox® is used to help smooth out dynamic lines and wrinkles, so you should still have some movement for expression. During your consultation the effect you desire will be discussed and treatment will be altered to ensure you get the results you’re hoping for.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Botox injections do not hurt, but some people experience a slight sting. The finest of needles are used
to minimise any discomfort. Generally people do not experience any pain. I am often told I am a very gentle injector, which should reassure you. You can read more on my blog here.
I would allow 30 minutes for your initial consultation, then, if and when you return for the actual procedure it is very quick and will be over in minutes.
What are the side effects of Botox?
As with all medical procedures and medications there can be side effects, this is why it’s important to put your trust in a medical professional – they will know and understand these risks and avoid them where possible and be able to deal will any undesired effects if they do arise, which is very rare.
Short-term side effects: Most people experience no side effects at all, however as with any injection there is always a risk of bruising, redness, slight discomfort or swelling at the injection site. If any of these do occur, it is often short-lived and can be relieved with a cold compress and mild pain-relief such as Paracetamol.
Long-term: Botox® is currently used in more than 70 countries worldwide and thousands upon thousands of procedures have been administered and there has been no evidence to date of any long-term safety concerns associated with it’s use in cosmetics. This is because such a small dose is used.
Are Botox® injections safe?
Botox® has an excellent safety record and has been in use in medicine for more than 20 years and in cosmetics for 15 years. It has become one of the most popular and frequently used cosmetic treatments around. So, yes Botox is safe! I 100% would not offer it if I didn’t believe this was true.
What are the risks with Botox?
As with any medicine, an allergic reaction may occur, however this is very rare.
Conversely, there may be some unintended benefits in some people such as easing of tension-type headaches as the muscles in the forehead are relaxed.
There is an increased risk of bruising post-procedure for people who have blood clotting disorders such as Haemophilia and those who are taking blood thinning medications such as warfarin, heparin, aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines. Certain herbal remedies such as gingiko bilboa, St John’s Wort and Vitamin E are sometimes advised to be stopped prior to treatment; this will be discussed during your consultation.
It is vital to attend your consultation with me at my clinic in Teddington, Middlesex before I can prescribe and administer botox injections to combat your lines and wrinkles, so if you are considering Botox injections to combat frown lines, crows feet or forehead lines then book in to see me today! I look forward to meeting you soon to discuss your options.