Treatments using botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin is formed of a natural protein that can be used to interrupt the muscle contraction process and prevent frowning, squinting and other facial expressions from creating creases and wrinkles in the face.

Botulinum toxin can also used to manage a plethora of medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), excessive gingival display (gummy smile) and bruxism (teeth grinding).

Our botulinum toxin injections are carried out by our highly qualified Advanced Aesthetic Nurse, Fiona Mahandru, to ensure that you get the best results and enjoy a comfortable experience.

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Frequently asked questions

It is a purified protein produced by the clostridium bacterium and is used in extremely small amounts to relax dynamic wrinkles caused by the contraction of muscles.

Botulinum toxin injections are safe and effective, side effects are minimal and allergic reactions to injections do not occur. Botulinum toxin is used in much higher doses to treat migraines and excessive sweating disorders than in cosmetic procedures, and has an extensive medical safety record, having been used for more than 20 years to treat neurological and ophthalmological disorders. Botulinum toxin is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

An anaesthetic isn’t needed because discomfort is minimal. There may be a mild stinging sensation during treatment, and a transient headache has occasionally been reported following treatment.

Injections can cause small amounts of swelling, a temporary bump, redness, bruising, a mild to moderate headache, and sensations such as tingling or mild itching after treatments. These effects are so common they can be considered a normal part of the process. Some patients report a mild headache or numbness, and very rarely a temporary brow or eyelid droop may occur which may last a few weeks.

The initial effects will show in the first 2 – 5 days. Peak effect on the muscle is at 14 days, but the result will continue to improve for 4 weeks or more.

The benefits start to wear off after 3 – 4 months on average. Routine adjustments to results can be carried out from day 14 after your procedure.

  • Remain upright for 2 hours
  • Do not apply make-up or any cosmetic liquid for approximately 6 hours unless it is mineral based
  • Wash your hands immediately post procedure
  • Do not touch the areas injected for 6 hours
  • Do small extra contractions of the muscles treated every 20 minutes for the first hour
  • When cleansing, avoid pressure and use gentle strokes away from the eyes
  • Avoid massages or electrical stimulation of the area for the next 14 days
  • Avoid wearing tight garments in the area that has been injected
  • Avoid alcohol and exposure to UV and extreme heat i.e. sauna, steam, sun beds, very hot showers, strenuous exercise etc

Results will last for 3 – 6 months. If you decide to discontinue treatment, your symptoms will gradually return to the way they were before treatment.

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