What is Botox and how does it work?
Our skin is made up of 3 layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The natural collagen and elastin proteins within these layers are responsible for keeping our skin tight and toned. However, as we age they start to breakdown, and our skin starts to lose its ability to snap back into shape. This loss of moisture results in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
Botox contains botulinum toxin, a muscle-relaxing toxin. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles. This in turn stops the skin creasing and allows it to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
Is Botox safe?
Botox has been used since to treat many medical conditions, such as for eye movement disorders, migraines, muscular, bowel and bladder disorders. When treated by a well-trained and experienced clinician Botox is very safe.
Will Botox make me look frozen?
An experienced injector will know how much Botox to use so that you look natural and don't lose all expression in your face. Friends should not be able to tell that you had a treatment, just that you look fresher and more relaxed. With careful technique, precise placement, and control of the concentration and amounts injected the "frozen" look can be avoided.
Which areas can Botox treat?
Botox is mostly used to soften lines around the eyes and the upper half of the face. These include the forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet and 'bunny lines' around the nose.
What is the procedure like? Is it painful?
The actual procedure is simple and quick. Using a tiny needle, a very small amount of Botox is injected into the required areas on the face. The needle used is incredibly fine and therefore minimises discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
Most side-effects are very minor and temporary. It is important to follow the aftercare advice you will be given at your appointment. Side effects include minor redness or swelling around injection sites, less commonly some minor bruising and mild headache. The large majority of patients do not have any noticeable side effects and downtime is minimal.
How soon will I see the results of Botox?
The effects of Botox have a gradual effect, starting to appear within a few days and reaching optimal appearance at around two weeks. Dr Kay always offers a free consultation at this time where she can give further top-up treatment if required.
*Individual results may vary.