by Clare Patterson on 25 August 2016 15:25pm : 1078

There was a time when BOTOX® was only available to celebrities and those who could afford expensive treatments, but fortunately availability and pricing has improved. When it's used correctly, BOTOX® can make a huge difference to your appearance - we can all put up with fine lines and wrinkles, but most of us look and feel so much better when they're gone!

What is BOTOX®?

The term BOTOX® refers to the brand name of a drug called Botulinium Toxin Type-A, which is manufactured by Allergan Inc, but there are several versions of the same drug made by different brands, which are licensed for cosmetic treatments.

How is it used?

It's injected into muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles and help people to look happy and healthy. The effects gradually wear off after three-to-six months.

What can BOTOX® do for me?

It makes a big difference to the 'Number 11' frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as lines on the forehead. It can also be used to smooth out crow's feet. It’s best to start having BOTOX® between the ages of 30 and 50 as the benefits accumulate as the muscles weaken over time, so you'll see greater benefits.

Is it safe?

Yes. It's been used to treat medical conditions like muscle spasms and uncontrollable blinking for around 50 years, and has been used for cosmetic purposes since the early 1990s, so it's tremendously reassuring to know that people don’t tend to experience problems or side effects.

Some people worry that they'll get 'addicted' to BOTOX®, but this isn't the case - the effects wear off after three-to-six months and you can stop using it at any time. It's important to avoid BOTOX® parties or cheap deals as sterile theatre conditions are required when working with needles.

Isn't there a risk of wonky eyebrows or droopy eye lids?

In the right hands, the risks are minimal. Everyone's face is different, so it's vital to see a doctor who knows what they are doing. Some poorly-trained practitioners simply inject standard areas without taking into account the texture and flexibility of the face and the precise location of muscles. My medical training means that I can tailor the treatment, achieve the perfect balance and symmetry, and maintain facial mobility. For example, I know that injecting too much BOTOX® into crow's feet can cause puffy lower lids and distort the shape of the lower eyelids, and too much in the forehead can lift the eyebrows too high. The goal isn't to eradicate all lines as that looks unnatural, so it's best to see a doctor who will give you an honest appraisal and tell what type of treatment is appropriate.

Does it work straight away?

The effects of your treatment will develop over a few days, so I always book in a second consultation two weeks later so that we can add a little extra if required.


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