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Frequently Asked Questions About Botox (or Dysport, Xeomin or Myobloc)

What is Botox?

Botox (or Dysport, Xeomin or Myobloc) are all made of a neurotoxin called Botulinum. Botulinum is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. This bacteria lives in the natural environment but is normally not causing any harm to humans. Very small amounts of Botolinum are used by the medical and cosmetics industry to treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to treat certain muscle diseases.

How does Botox treat fine lines and wrinkles?

When Botox is injected into a muscle, it partially or fully stops that muscle from being able to contract. When a local muscle contacts less than before (or not at all), the skin around that muscle will no longer fold and stretch. When the skin no longer folds or contracts, fine lines and wrinkles will no longer be formed, and any progress or expansion of these lines and wrinkles will stop. Over time, it will also make existing wrinkles diminish or even go away.

How much does a Botox injection cost?

A Botox injection in the UK should only be administered by a highly skilled and licensed professional, with the right technology and in appropriate facilities. When these conditions are met, the cost of one Botox injection

will normally range from £99 to £249, depending on the type and brand of Botox (or Botolinum) that is being used. The prices at our Southampton clinic are £149 for one injection and £99 for an additional injection. To learn more about our costs, please go here.

What fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with Botox?

The most common fine lines are wrinkles that are treated with dermal fillers are: Crow’s FeetForehead LinesFrown Lines and Bunny Lines.

How Should I Prepare For The Botox Injections?

For the most part, you can live a normal life and do your regular activities before the dermal filler treatment. There are however a few things we recommend that you avoid. Firstly, it’s a good idea to avoid most painkillers 3 days before the treatment. During these 3 days, you should also avoid anti-inflammatory medications, and alcohol (and other blood-thinners). The reason for this, is that all these are blood-thinners. If these are taken before the dermal filler treatment, it could cause bruising around the injections.

What should I expect during the treatment?

You and your clinician will first talk through the treatment that you are

desiring. You can ask any questions you haven’t already asked, and we will only start when you are 100% comfortable. When you are ready, you will be put in a comfortable position. Then the part of your face that will receive the treatment will be thoroughly cleansed. Your clinician will then apply a numbing cream to the area where the injections will be made. This is to numb any discomfort. After the [numbing cream] has started working (normally 20-30 minutes), your clinician will inject Botox into the muscles that are being treated. [You will normally get 1-3 injections per area treated.]

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure from when you first step into the clinic until you are out, should take [1.5 – 2] hours, depending on the extent of the treatment.

Does it hurt?

You will have needles penetrating your skin, which for many will cause discomfort or pain. However, you will have the choice of receive a numbing cream that will take away most of this discomfort.

How soon will I see results?

The average patient will normally results after 1-3 days. By this time, you will normally stop any further deepening of line and wrinkles and existing lines and wrinkles will typically already be less pronounced.

How long does Botox last for?

A Botox injection will normally last for 4-6 months. After this period, the muscles that were treated will regain activity. If you are happy with the new look and you want to changes from the initial treatment to remain, you should consider treatments 2-3 times a year. Also, with repeated treatments, many patients experience that you need less frequent injections.

Are there any side-effects from Botox injections?

Most people do not experience any side-effects. However, side-effects may occur in some cases. These are typically bruising, redness, or swelling where the injection was given. In very rare cases, a patient may also experience bleeding, pain, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu symptoms, dizziness or drowsiness.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is a toxin and it is highly potent even in small doses. However, the doses that are administered contain mostly salt-water and only very diluted amounts of toxins. When given by a licensed and certified professional, Botox is considered a very safe treatment. Botox has gone through a large number of clinical trials and tests and have been approved in about 100 countries.

Will I be able to move my face?

Yes you will be able to move your face. However, the local muscles that will injected with Botox will become fully or partially relaxed, meaning the movement of this specific muscle will be reduced. However, all other areas of your face will be just like before.

Does it look natural?

If administered by a licensed and certified professional, the treatment should not significantly change your natural face. You will loose movements of part of your face but this should improve the look of your face, not make it look un-natural. Also, any swelling or redness you may experience also normally fades quickly and will typically be completely gone in a couple of days.

How do I avoid a frozen face from botox injections?

As long as you seek help from a licensed and certified professional when getting Botox injections, you face should not get a frozen look.

How many people get Botox treatments?

It is estimated that more than one million Botox treatments are administered every year in the UK alone. World-wide, that number is estimated to be in excess of 10 million treatments.

How long has Botox been in use for?

It has been used for treating fine lines and wrinkles since 2002. It has seen a rapid growth since 2002 and is today one of the preferred methods for treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Who is Botox appropriate for?

Botox is appropriate for anyone who wishes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most people seeking Botox treatment are between the ages of 30 and 70 and the large majority of patients are women. However the number of male patients is rising rapidly.

What happens after the Botox treatment?

There is really no downtime after the Botox treatment. Most people are able to resume the day as normal. However, it is recommended to not rub or massage the injected areas for 3 days after the injections. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for three days after the treatment to ensure the injections remain in the desired areas. We also recommend avoid consuming any blood-thinning products, such as aspirin or alcohol for three days after the procedure to reduce the likelihood of any bruising.

Frequently Asked Questions About Botox (or Dysport, Xeomin or Myobloc)

What is Botox?

Botox (or Dysport, Xeomin or Myobloc) are all made of a neurotoxin called Botulinum. Botulinum is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. This bacteria lives in the natural environment but is normally not causing any harm to humans. Very small amounts of Botolinum are used by the medical and cosmetics industry to treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to treat certain muscle diseases.

How does Botox treat fine lines and wrinkles?

When Botox is injected into a muscle, it partially or fully stops that muscle from being able to contract. When a local muscle contacts less than before (or not at all), the skin around that muscle will no longer fold and stretch. When the skin no longer folds or contracts, fine lines and wrinkles will no longer be formed, and any progress or expansion of these lines and wrinkles will stop. Over time, it will also make existing wrinkles diminish or even go away.

How much does a Botox injection cost?

A Botox injection in the UK should only be administered by a highly skilled and licensed professional, with the right technology and in appropriate facilities. When these conditions are met, the cost of one Botox injection

will normally range from £99 to £249, depending on the type and brand of Botox (or Botolinum) that is being used. The prices at our Southampton clinic are £149 for one injection and £99 for an additional injection. To learn more about our costs, please go here.

What fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with Botox?

The most common fine lines are wrinkles that are treated with dermal fillers are: Crow’s FeetForehead LinesFrown Lines and Bunny Lines.

How Should I Prepare For The Botox Injections?

For the most part, you can live a normal life and do your regular activities before the dermal filler treatment. There are however a few things we recommend that you avoid. Firstly, it’s a good idea to avoid most painkillers 3 days before the treatment. During these 3 days, you should also avoid anti-inflammatory medications, and alcohol (and other blood-thinners). The reason for this, is that all these are blood-thinners. If these are taken before the dermal filler treatment, it could cause bruising around the injections.

What should I expect during the treatment?

You and your clinician will first talk through the treatment that you are

desiring. You can ask any questions you haven’t already asked, and we will only start when you are 100% comfortable. When you are ready, you will be put in a comfortable position. Then the part of your face that will receive the treatment will be thoroughly cleansed. Your clinician will then apply a numbing cream to the area where the injections will be made. This is to numb any discomfort. After the [numbing cream] has started working (normally 20-30 minutes), your clinician will inject Botox into the muscles that are being treated. [You will normally get 1-3 injections per area treated.]

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure from when you first step into the clinic until you are out, should take [1.5 – 2] hours, depending on the extent of the treatment.

Does it hurt?

You will have needles penetrating your skin, which for many will cause discomfort or pain. However, you will have the choice of receive a numbing cream that will take away most of this discomfort.

How soon will I see results?

The average patient will normally results after 1-3 days. By this time, you will normally stop any further deepening of line and wrinkles and existing lines and wrinkles will typically already be less pronounced.

How long does Botox last for?

A Botox injection will normally last for 4-6 months. After this period, the muscles that were treated will regain activity. If you are happy with the new look and you want to changes from the initial treatment to remain, you should consider treatments 2-3 times a year. Also, with repeated treatments, many patients experience that you need less frequent injections.

Are there any side-effects from Botox injections?

Most people do not experience any side-effects. However, side-effects may occur in some cases. These are typically bruising, redness, or swelling where the injection was given. In very rare cases, a patient may also experience bleeding, pain, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu symptoms, dizziness or drowsiness.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is a toxin and it is highly potent even in small doses. However, the doses that are administered contain mostly salt-water and only very diluted amounts of toxins. When given by a licensed and certified professional, Botox is considered a very safe treatment. Botox has gone through a large number of clinical trials and tests and have been approved in about 100 countries.

Will I be able to move my face?

Yes you will be able to move your face. However, the local muscles that will injected with Botox will become fully or partially relaxed, meaning the movement of this specific muscle will be reduced. However, all other areas of your face will be just like before.

Does it look natural?

If administered by a licensed and certified professional, the treatment should not significantly change your natural face. You will loose movements of part of your face but this should improve the look of your face, not make it look un-natural. Also, any swelling or redness you may experience also normally fades quickly and will typically be completely gone in a couple of days.

How do I avoid a frozen face from botox injections?

As long as you seek help from a licensed and certified professional when getting Botox injections, you face should not get a frozen look.

How many people get Botox treatments?

It is estimated that more than one million Botox treatments are administered every year in the UK alone. World-wide, that number is estimated to be in excess of 10 million treatments.

How long has Botox been in use for?

It has been used for treating fine lines and wrinkles since 2002. It has seen a rapid growth since 2002 and is today one of the preferred methods for treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Who is Botox appropriate for?

Botox is appropriate for anyone who wishes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most people seeking Botox treatment are between the ages of 30 and 70 and the large majority of patients are women. However the number of male patients is rising rapidly.

What happens after the Botox treatment?

There is really no downtime after the Botox treatment. Most people are able to resume the day as normal. However, it is recommended to not rub or massage the injected areas for 3 days after the injections. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for three days after the treatment to ensure the injections remain in the desired areas. We also recommend avoid consuming any blood-thinning products, such as aspirin or alcohol for three days after the procedure to reduce the likelihood of any bruising.

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