What Is Botox?
Botox wrinkle-relaxing treatments are often associated with Botulinum Toxin (BT) - a biological product that relaxes the muscle and stops its contraction on a temporal basis. As a result, the relaxed muscle does not form wrinkles (as shown in the picture below: before the botox injection and two weeks after).
Botox is a prescribed medication and can be performed by a registered doctor or a registered nurse.
At Body Silk Clinic, Botox is administered by dedicated botox doctors who specialise in facial aesthetics.
When is Botulinum Toxin used in aesthetic medicine?
Botox is most frequently used in the treatment of lines and wrinkles of the upper part of the face such as frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, brow lift. It is also effective for the treatment of the lines around the mouth, lift of the nose tip, the neck area and to decrease the appearance of the lines on the décolleté. Some patients may consider botox for treatment of migraines and even teeth grinding. Botox also is effective for the treatment of hyperhidrosis - excessive sweating. This treatment has a commercial name and is called sweatox.
Read more information on the administration of botox treatments in our Blog.
How is botox administered at our London clinic?
Botox treatments require the patients to have a consultation with one of our doctors and can be adminstered right after the consultation if the patients have no contraindications. Botox is injected with a very fine needle in very small doses into the areas of concern. The treatment sessions last 15-30 minutes.
Botox treatment of the face, neck and décolleté as well as armpits is practically painless, although the patients often opt to have anasthetic anyway. The treatment of palms and soles always requires a local anesthetic.
Patients should be aware of the possibility of injection-related immediate effects after botox, such as bruising.
How long does Botox last?
The muscle activity is blocked for 3-6 months and muscle mobility will recuperate gradually. The doctor will have to see the patient for a follow-up appointment in two weeks to see if a further top-up is needed. A top-up treatment if required and if performed in two weeks time, is free in our clinic.
How often should one get botox?
A Botox treatment is advised to be repeated every 4-6 months, however, the effects of the treatment build up. Two weeks after your first treatment you will get a free follow-up with your doctor and a free top-up.
Botox patients are not advised to rub the treated area or go to a steam room for 48 hours after the treatment. It is also recommended to use an extra pillow under your head on the night following your botox treatment.
What is the cost of botox?
Botox prices start from £200. Contact our friendly team at Liverpool Street and Bank in our Central London Clinic to request a quote according to your individual requirements or to book a consultation.