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Botox® - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Botox®?

Botox® is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.

How does it work?

Contractions in the muscles of the face result in small folds in the skin. As time passes, these develop into wrinkles. Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles which results in smoother, younger looking skin.

Which type of Botox® will be used?

At Dr C P Aesthetics I only use the original Botox® by Allergan as this what I was trained in and it has 40 years history of research and proven use behind it. There are newer, cheaper alternatives on the market but I find that Botox® delivers excellent results for my clients.

How do you deliver the treatment?

Using a very fine needle, I carefully inject small amounts of Botox® into the facial muscle/s causing the wrinkle/s.

Is it safe?

Yes – Botox® has been widely researched and used by millions of people for many years. The amount of Botox® used for cosmetic procedures is too small for toxicity to occur.

Will I find the treatment painful?

Dr C P Aesthetics use the finest of needles so the treatment should cause no pain. However, if required, I can apply an anaesthetic cream prior to injection.

How long before I see the results?

Typically it takes two to three days before the results of the treatment are first noticeable and within ten to fourteen days you should see the full effect of your treatment.

How long will it last?

This can vary from one person to the next, but for most the results will last from three to six months (and could even be present nine months later). While wrinkles will start to reappear, they may appear softer after each subsequent treatment as the muscles learn to relax. Over time, many patients will find that they can go longer between treatments.

Are there any side-effects?

An allergic reaction to the use of Botox® is extremely rare. Patients may notice a small amount of swelling or redness immediately after the treatment due to the use of the needle However, this should disappear after a few hours. 

Can anyone have this treatment?

As a fully qualified medical doctor, I will assess all patients for their suitability prior to treatment. Botox® should not be used in pregnancy or when breast feeding. There are also some rare medical conditions which prevent Botox® being given. In addition, Botox should not be administered to patients taking certain medications including the antibiotics Gentamicin and Neomycin. 

What areas can be treated?

The most popular areas of treatment are the lines between the eyebrows, the forehead, and the areas around the eyes (crow's feet). Other areas of treatment include 'bunny lines' (either side of the nose and mouth), and ‘gummy smiles'. Other patients may request help with a puckered chin and platysmal bands in the neck. All of this can be discussed in detail with me at your free initial assessment consultation.

Do you offer any non-cosmetic Botox® treatment?

Yes, at Dr C P Aesthetics, I also use Botox® to treat blepharospasm (excessive blinking) and hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).