What is BOTOX?
BOTOX (botulinum toxin) is a very safe toxin, delivered as an injection to muscles, with the aim of reducing their activity, either partially or completely.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
All BOTOX treatments are non-surgical procedures, although they can be combined with a surgical plan for facial rejuvenation (such as a facelift or eyelid surgery) for added effect. Several subtypes of botulinum toxin (BOTOX) are manufactured, each with their own effectiveness and tolerance levels. BOTOX can be given to the area between the eyebrows to stop frown lines on the forehead and the area on the side of the nasal bridge to stop ‘bunny lines’. Injections around the eyes and mouth can eradicate crow’s feet, smile lines, facial asymmetries and unwanted facial movements. BOTOX can achieve the non-surgical facelift; which relates to a rebalancing of facial muscles to subtly change the shape of the face towards a more youthful appearance, which is usually reserved for younger patients. Injection in hair bearing areas or the palms of the hands can reduce sweating in these areas.
How long do the results last for?
The benefit is seen after 10-14 days and the effects last 3-6 months in the majority, but may still be effective for 9-12 months.
What are the risks?
Non-surgical treatment has minimal risk. There is a small theoretical risk of an allergic reaction to botulinum toxin, if a person has not had these injections before. The injection sites occasionally bruise and can swell. The body, with time, can develop a tolerance to certain toxins and therefore alternatives will need to be used.
What are the success rates?
Botulinum toxin is very effective and it is advised to start with small doses and build up cautiously until the desired effect is achieved, as to not create an unnatural effect.
How much does the surgery cost?
From £350-£550 for Botulinum toxin for 1-3 cosmetic area(s). This includes a complimentary ‘topup’ within the first two weeks.
From £650 for Botulinum toxin for axillary hyperhydrosis
What general advice is there?
BOTOX is given initially in small doses and Chris reviews the effect two weeks later with the offer of a complimentary ‘topup’ if required. Once a treatment regimen is established, this can be repeated every 3-6 months.
Facts for BOTOX
- Surgery duration: 20-40 minutes In clinic
- Type of anaesthesia: 20-40 minutes In clinic
- Time in hospital: 1 hour
- Time off work: 0 days
- Recovery time: 1 day
- First follow up appointment: 2 weeks
- Total number of follow up appointments: 1
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) or nothing
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