Cost: £150 – £350 per session
Treatment Time: Under 30 minutes
Recovery Time: No Downtime
Longevity: Around 3 – 6 Months
Popularity: ~ 20 Million treatments globally in 2017
Everything You need to know about Botulinum Toxin
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Cosmetic botulinum toxin injection blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract thereby relaxing and smoothening the look of lines and wrinkles. These treatments are often called Botox, though it is important to know that Botox is one of the many available branded forms of botulinum toxins. Botulinum toxin is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in small doses to treat health and cosmetic conditions.
Why do people have Botulinum Toxin?
People choose to have cosmetic botulinum toxin treatment to relax or smooth the looks of lines and wrinkles and/ or to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands. Generally, botulinum toxin injections are used to erase wrinkles above the nose, while dermal fillers are used to fill wrinkles below the nose. Most common sites for botulinum toxin injections are between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases.
Botulinum toxin injection is also used medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity. The cosmetic use of botulinum toxin injections is to get a smoother and more youthful appearance, resulting in an external look which matches with how they feel inside.
Am I a good candidate?
If you believe you have deep lines between your eyes that make you look tired, angry, or upset, or your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead, and/ or there is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle, then you may want to consider Botulinum toxin treatment.
However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not advisable to have Botulinum toxin injections since the effects on the baby aren’t known.
What are my options?
Botulinum toxin treatment takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. It is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. In the UK, popular brands of botulinum toxin injections are Botox, Bocouture and Dysport.
What should I look out for?
Non surgical is not non medical, and hence it is essential that you find an appropriately educated, trained and experienced healthcare professional for your treatment. Botulinum toxin injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner.