Botox injections are VERY popular here at my Teddington clinic, for a good reason. Quite simply, the results can be ahh-may-zing!
THIS is the stuff that excites me and is exactly why I love my work.
- Feeling less self-conscious in meetings at work…
- Feeling attractive again as a woman and not solely a Mum…
- Feeling motivated to face each day as your best self
I understand that you just want to look and feel bright and well again.
- Different factors cause facial lines.It’s not just about the cellular changes in the skin, or the reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.
- Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows causes your skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines.
Botox® is a quick 10-minute (yes, it’s super quick) procedure that works beneath the surface of the skin and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity which cause frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines, the result being…Smoother looking skin.
You don’t want to look different, weird or frozen, and thank goodness for that. Natural results are totally possible.
Small natural tweaks are what look healthy and best.
We can’t stop the ageing process, but we can slow it down and make the very best of what we’ve got, without changing the way we look.
Botox is often used for prevention…
Below are all the questions I am frequently asked about Botox injections. If you need anything else, do drop me a line. You can also download my factsheet ‘TopTen Botox Myths‘ which clarifies alot of the hear-say about Botox injections, you can sign up for your copy here and it will be sent straight to your inbox.
You can see examples of my work and the natural looking results I achieve for my clients on my social media profiles and I occasionally send before and after pics in my emails too.
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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 some moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. These procedures use a small amount of diluted botulinum toxin that enables controlled relaxation 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 amount of muscle contraction. By doing this, the skin above tends to lay smoother, and 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).
Depending on you individually and the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from slight relaxation of the muscle for minimal movement or complete relaxation for very little movement.
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 in a massively positive way.
Botox is also used in medicine to treat many conditions such as uncontrolled blinking, cobbled chin, lazy eye, teeth grinding, and alot more!
What is BabyBotox?
This is a term used for preventative Botox, or botox given in a single area to younger people – smaller amounts of Botox are injected to enhance a smooth appearance and to prevent lines and wrinkles from developing.
What is HIMtox?
This is a term sometimes used for males who have Botox®. Men usually need a larger dose of Botox® due to having thicker muscles.
Botox is charged per area and includes a review appointment:
One area – 200.00
Two areas – €280.00
Three areas – €350.00
Four areas – €410.00
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 check me out on my social media profiles to not only get to know me, but also see my work.
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 blocked. As the nerve impulses are blocked, the muscle is temporarily unable to contract as much as before, 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. You can read about the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles here
Who can prescribe and administer Botox® injections?
Botox® is a prescription only medication and must be prescribed by a qualified prescriber (either a Doctor, Dentist 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 / practitioner / specialist / other fancy name. Not only is it illegal but it is unethical and very dangerous.
Who can have Botox® injections?
Officially Botox® can be used to treat men and women who are between the ages of 18-65 if they are deemed suitable by their medical professional and have no contraindications. However, I hold a over 30’s only policy in my practice. You can read about that here.
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 or neurological problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles, such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome or those who’ve had a previous CVA (Cerebrovascular accident).
What’s involved in the Botox treatment?
You will need a full consultation firstly (which you can arrange here) and if you are suitable for treatment, Botox® will be prescribed for you. 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 cleansed 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. You can read exactly what happens when you come to me for Botox injections here.
What should you do after treatment?
You should avoid rubbing, touching or applying make up to the injected areas for 24 hours, to prevent any infection at the injection site. To ensure the Botox remains at the site of injection, I recommend that you avoid any exercise, alcohol, steam baths, saunas -anything that will encourage extra blood flow to your face. I ask my clients to avoid any face treatments or massage for two weeks. 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 the results after Botox injections?
Results are usually seen very soon after treatment and the effects start to develop after 3-5 days. The full effect will be seen after 2-3 weeks, which is when I offer a review appointment to ensure great results have been achieved and you are happy.
How long does Botox last?
If you like the results, the procedures usually needs 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. How long it last’s varys for everyone and 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, 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. Remember the action of Botox is to relax the muscles so movement will be reduced.
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 about this on my blog here.
Will you bruise after Botox injections?
Honestly, if there is ever a needle involved then there is always a risk of bruising. Not many of my clients bruise but I would never promise you won’t bruise.
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.
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 after you complete a short consent form.
What are the side effects of Botox?
As with all 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 side effects:
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 over 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?
Occasionally, the treatment may relax nearby muscle groups causing temporary drooping of the eyebrows or eyelids. This may last for a few weeks but will resolve with time. It is always a priority of mine to avoid this and I will discuss this with you at your consultation.
As with any medicine, an allergic reaction may occur, however this is very rare, infant ive never known anyone to react to Botox injections. If you are someone who had multiple allergies, I wouldn’t take the risk.
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.
It is vital to attend a full consultation with me at my clinic in Teddington, before I can prescribe and administer botox injections to ensure you’re suitable and we can get you the results you’d like.
Don’t forget you can sign up and be sent my free download ‘Top Ten Botox Myths’ to get clarity on the common misconceptions.
I look forward to meeting you soon to discuss your options.