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Frequently Asked Questions

About Botox®

Who should administer Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®)

Botulinum Toxin Type A is a prescription-only drug (unlike dermal fillers) and must be prescribed by a registered prescriber, i.e. a doctor, a dentist or an independent nurse prescriber.

BOTOX® - What areas can be treated with botulinum?

The most common areas are: • Upper face • Crow’s feet • Horizontal forehead lines (off license) • Frown lines (between the eyebrows) • Gummy smiles (off license) • Bunny lines (off license) • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) of armpits.

BOTOX® - How long will the treatment last?

Initial effects of the treatment start after a period of 48-72 hours, but it can take up to 14 days to see the full effect. The effects of the treatment usually last between 3–5 months, this will vary from person to person. Deep lines will be softened and may take several treatments until the optimum result is achieved. Too frequent or excessive dosing of botulinum toxin may increase the risk of antibodies in the blood, which may lead to failure of treatment. With this in mind, and the recommended guidelines, botulinum toxin treatments are carried out after 12 weeks. You should have further treatment when the muscle activity returns, but before the lines and wrinkles have had a chance to re-establish. The injections are virtually painless and may cause a minor stinging discomfort. As the needles are very small, the risk of bleeding or bruising is minimal. You can resume normal activities straight afterwards.

BOTOX® - Is it safe and does it hurt?

Millions of people worldwide have had these injections and the safety of the product is well-established and beyond doubt.

BOTOX® - Contraindications

Active infection of the skin i.e. cold sores, acne. Unwell in any way (even a cold). Pregnant or breastfeeding women. Some rare muscle disorders i.e. myaesthenia graves, Bell’s Palsy. Bleeding disorders. Taking any medicines which affect bleeding such as aspirin, warfarin, etc. Over-the-counter medicines/supplements which can also affect bleeding (make you more prone to bruising).

BOTOX® - Possible side effects

• Possible bruising/redness or tenderness at injection site • Mild, transient headache
• Rarely a drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow
• Rare side effects include possible allergic reaction

BOTOX® - Aftercare advice

For the first 60-90 mins actively use the injected muscle. For the first 4 hours after treatment do not bend excessively, keep upright. For the first 12 hours after treatment avoid wearing make-up, avoid extreme expressions and alcohol. For the first 24 hours avoid heavy exercise. For the first 2 days after treatment don’t rub or massage the area. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel after washing. For 2 weeks after treatment avoid strong sunlight, saunas, freezing temperatures and facials.

About Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers - How soon will I see results?

A smoothing effect is seen immediately and there is no recovery time. Results may vary depending on the severity of wrinkles and amount of filler applied.

Dermal Fillers - How often do I need to have Dermal Filler injections?

You can expect the results of a Dermal Filler treatment to last for about six months or longer, depending on your skin and speed at which your body absorbs the substance. You will require top-up treatments to keep the wrinkles and lines at bay.

Dermal Fillers - Is the treatment safe?

There is the possibility of bruising and redness and some swelling, which should settle over the first few days. Very occasionally there is the possibility of an allergic reaction. A full explanation will be given during your consultation.

Dermal Fillers - Aftercare advice

1. It is recommended that you do not wear any makeup for 12 hours following the treatment.
2. Avoid any extended exposure to the sun, UV rays and temperatures below 0°C after treatment.
3. It is normal for there to be slight redness, swelling and tenderness around the treated area immediately after treatment. These signs generally disappear within a few days, but make sure you contact your practitioner if they persist.
4. Do not enter a sauna or similar environment for 2 weeks following treatment.
5. The risk of bruising and bleeding may be higher if you are taking aspirin, high doses of vitamin C or any other anti-coagulants. Discuss any concerns that you have with your medical aesthetic practitioner.
6. If you believe that you are experiencing any adverse side effects, contact your practitioner immediately.

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