All Of Your Botox UK Questions Answered!
We have been offering facial aesthetics at our Leicester Botox clinic for nearly a decade under the care of our qualified Botox Practitioner Dr Lina Kotecha.
Most of the women we see for facial aesthetic treatments like anti-wrinkle injections such as botox don’t actually want to change their look or even turn back the clock. They just want to look fresh and revived.
Lina is a dentist that developed a passion for facial aesthetics back in 2010 and has since attended regular training to cover other aspects of facial rejuvenation. Her most notable success was receiving a distinction in ‘Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics’ run by the Faculty of General Dental.
Because of her in-depth knowledge of the facial muscles she knows exactly how to work with them, so she can do clever things like get rid of the angry expressions and soften the happy expression lines.
Here’s a full list of questions we get asked by our patients at our Leicester Botox Clinic
1) Does Botox Hurt?
The treatment consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort to the targeted muscles causing them to relax.
When having Botox treatment we use a topical numbing cream to help make the treatment more comfortable. Also as Lina is a dentist she has mastered the injection technique through her years of practice and experience.
If you usually breeze through getting your eyebrows threaded then you’ll probably find having Botox treatment completely fine. However, if you usually find eyebrow threading uncomfortable then the numbing cream should help ease any discomfort.
2) What is Botox?
Botox is actually a trade name for the substance called ‘Botulinum Toxin’. Due to its popularity, the brand Botox has actually become synonymous with the treatment and now the treatment is most recognised as Botox treatment. Botulinum toxin works by temporarily relaxing the muscles and this relaxes them and in turn, the skin becomes smoother and your lines and wrinkles appear reduced. Treatment with Botox is only ever temporary and the results will fade away with time.
Botulinum toxin has been used for decades in medicine originally being used to treat twitches in eyes. The patients then reported the reduced wrinkles and it started to be used for cosmetic treatments.
Lina uses tried and tested brand Azzalure, one of the few Botulinum toxins approved by the FDA. It has a 20+ year history and is regarded as consistent and safe.
3) Is Botox safe?
‘Botox has a remarkably safe history. Only 36 serious adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the FDA between 1989 and 2003, according to a 2005 study. And of those, 13 patients had underlying medical conditions that may have explained their response to the drug.’
Here’s a good article in The Guardian that discusses the safety and concerns surrounding Botox…
4) When will I see the results?
It takes two weeks to see the full effects of Botox treatment but you will start to notice the first changes after four to five days. Your Botox practitioner should see you after two weeks to review the effects of the treatment and carry out any top-up Botox treatment (which is usually including in the overall price).
5) How long does Botox last for?
The effects of Botox usually last three to four months depending on your response, but following repeat treatments the effects may last for longer. Botox treatment is not reversible but does gradually wear off.
6) What are the side effects of Botox
Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.
7) How does Botox work?
It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, relaxing the muscle and thus softening lines and wrinkles. It also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.
8) What will my Botox treatment look like?
This depends on where you having the Botox treatment as it used to treat many things. Most commonly forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet. A skilled practitioner will discuss what sort of look you would like and if that’s possible and offer you their guidance. Your Botox doesn’t have to come with the full frozen look and you may also want to gently lift the eyebrows.
The frozen Botox look ironically is requested more by the younger women, which works well as they can get away with having zero lines and wrinkles and it can help to prevent them from developing. Older women and men usually go somewhere in the middle reducing lines and wrinkles but keeping some movement to their face so the treatment looks natural. This is often referred to as ‘Baby Botox’ or ‘Botox Sprinkles’.
What can Botox be used for?
– Anti-ageing treatments – to soften lines and wrinkles
– Brow and jowl lifting
– Help with teeth clenching and grinding
– Gummy smile – it helps to relax the upper lip in the case of a high smile line.
– Reduce fine lines (smoker’s lines) around the mouth
– Treat cases of excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)
– Facial Slimming – slim the lower face (masseter muscle)
– In conjunction with dermal fillers for a non-surgical facelift
How much does Botox cost UK?
Botox injections can range from £150-£350 per treatment.
How do I find a Botox practitioner?
Complaints about facial aesthetics are growing as the demand for them has skyrocketed and this has led to many unsuitably qualified people carrying out the treatment. You should always choose to have treatment with a suitably trained medical professional such as a doctor, dentist or nurse within a clinical environment. The NHS has good advice that you can trust when choosing a Botox practitioner…
If you’re thinking of Botox treatment in Leicester then we suggest booking an appointment for a short, free, no-obligation consultation by giving us a call on 0116 2891317. At this appointment, you will be able to discuss what you would like to improve, gain advice and treatment options from Dr Lina Kotecha and be given a treatment cost.