More people are turning away from plastic surgery in favour of non-permanent Botox, which is a prescribed medicine that can be provided following a consultation for lines and wrinkles.
The reasons for its popularity are safety, reliability and convenience. Risk can be further removed by receiving treatment in a sterile environment such as a dental clinic, at the hands of a qualified health professional who is experienced at facial injections.
Dentists are well placed to do this work. Our facial aesthetics practitioner Sarah is a general dental surgeon who has carried out facial injections from the beginning of her career and has studied facial anatomy in depth.
She will take time in your consultation to recommend and plan the most appropriate Botox treatment, with the aim of leaving you looking subtly younger and fresher. Her job is not to change your features but to enhance them by carefully softening the lines and wrinkles associated with age using her knowledge of facial dynamics.
Sarah is a registered Aesthetic Complications Expert (ACE) and a member of the Welsh Aesthetic & Cosmetic Society (WACS).
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DURATION OF RESULT
3-4 months, but may last longer
up to 1 week
- Forehead wrinkles
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabella lines)
- Crow’s feet
No more painful than an insect bite or pinprick. There may be mild temporary bruising, numbness, or redness around the injection sites.
Three to four months and sometimes longer, especially with repeated treatments.
It can take up to a week to see the full benefits of the treatment. Botox helps reduce wrinkles that appear as a result of movement — you may find you look more natural and relaxed or less sad and cross.
Yes, doctors have been using this medicine for a variety of treatments for decades. Botox is a prescribed drug which means it can only be prescribed by a qualified medical professional following a consultation for lines and wrinkles.
The active ingredient in Botox is injected into muscles to block the transmitters between the motor nerves. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract. There is no loss of feeling in the muscles.
Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours. In rare cases patients may experience one or more of the following: headache, temporary blurred vision, temporary eye-lid droop, nausea, pain, redness at the site of injection, muscle weakness.
Treatment can be repeated three or four times a year and after multiple treatments the effects may last for up to six months.
No, it is unsuitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and cannot be used in conjunction with some other medications.