Cost: £150 – £350 per session
Treatment Time: Under 30 minutes
Recovery Time: No Downtime
Longevity: Around 3 - 6 Months
Popularity: ~20 Million procedures 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 treatment?
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. 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.
How much does it cost?
The cost in the UK is usually between £150 – £350 per session. Click here to find medical practitioners and their treatment prices.
What are the key drivers for botulinum toxin cost?
The cost for botulinum toxin can widely vary depending on the doctor’s experience, the geographic location and the amount and brand of product used.
Generally, higher doctor experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.
Botulinum toxin is administered with a syringe to various areas on the head, face and neck, including between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the desired results. As such the cost of the treatment varies depending on the number of areas treated, volume of product used and time taken.
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.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment time is usually less than 30mins depending on the number of areas treated.
Is botulinum toxin painful?
The needles used are short and thin and the injections are usually painless. The number of injections will depend on the outcome you desire. Short-lasting swelling, and minimal redness and bleeding will likely occur as a result of your procedure.
Are there any risks I should look out for?
Although all procedures have some degree of risk, botulinum toxin injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner. The most common side effects are temporary muscle weakness, redness, irritation and swelling at the injection site. In rare instances, patients may experience dry mouth, headache, dizziness, nausea and fever.
In some cases, Botulinium toxin may diffuse to other muscles leading to droopy eye brows. Also, if the forehead is completely treated with Botulinium toxin, it can cause the eye brow to droop. Either way this is not permanent and will disappear as the effect of Botulinium toxin wanes.
How do I find a doctor I can trust for botulinum toxin?
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. Botulinium toxin injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner.
- Qualifications: Botulinum toxin can only be prescribed in a face-to-face meeting by a qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, dentist, or nurse prescriber. The person prescribing botulinum toxin is responsible for making sure it’s given safely. You should make sure that you get the injection either from the prescriber directly or through a qualified and experienced practitioner under their supervision. You should avoid practitioners who have no training or have only completed a short training course.
- Experience: Make sure your doctor is experienced in Botulinium toxin treatments. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced doctor is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
- Connection: You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.
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Would I be required to do anything prior this treatment?
Botulinum toxin injections are generally a low-risk and do not require the intensive screening of a surgical procedure, however you should disclose a full medical history and inform of any medications you are currently using to your plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type of procedure to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery. Your doctor or injector may ask you to stop smoking at least six weeks before your procedure.
What is the recovery like?
After the injections you can return to your regular activities immediately; however, strenuous activity is discouraged for the remainder of the day. Swelling and redness that occur at the time of injections usually resolve quickly. Any bruising that might occur post-treatment will usually resolve over 1 or two weeks.
Aftercare is vital when it comes to your wellbeing and achieving the very best result, so stick to these rules and you’ll thanks us later:
Immediately After Treatment:
- The most important one…keep your face upright for 2 hours after treatment to allow the results to settle naturally. Try not to rub or massage the injected area during this time
- No saunas, sun beds or hot baths/showers for 2 hours after treatment
For Ultimate Wellbeing:
- Give yourself a break and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment
- Ideally avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol can thin the blood increasing the risk of bruising so stick to the soft drinks if you can
- Keep it clean and avoid applying make up for an hour after treatment. However, if you can’t wait, mineral make up can be worn straight away
- Avoid having a facial for at least 24 hours after treatment to prevent any disruption to your treatment’s effect
How long do the results last?
It generally takes about three to five days before the injections take effect, and up to two weeks for the full effect to be seen. Results last anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on your age, skin condition and habits. If you want to maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.
Is Botulinum toxin same as fillers?
Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles while dermal fillers add volume. Generally, Botulinum toxin has been used to erase wrinkles above the nose, while dermal fillers have been used to fill wrinkles below the nose.