Medical Information about Botox muscle relaxing anti-wrinkle treatments

Information about Botox

Botox is made of purified protein which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox is administered to specific muscle areas by injection. This relaxes the muscles and so reduces wrinkle formation for about 3 months.

Botox can only be prescribed and administered by qualified and experienced medical personnel as it is a prescription only medication. You might experience the following side effects: bruising, swelling, headache. Rarely, botox can diffuse into nearby muscles where its effect is not wanted, causing undesirable cosmetic effects like eyelid drooping. Fortunately this is temporary and can be at least partially treated with special eye drops.

How Botox can help

I provide a free consultation at your first visit, which helps you to familiarise yourself with my clinic and the services that I provide. During your consultation I will be able to advise you about the ways that they can best be used to help achieve the effect that you are looking for.  Most people look for a subtle change in their appearance that will smooth away lines and wrinkles but retain a natural expressive look. My clinic is based in Washington, near Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. Please contact me for further details.

Botox muscle relaxing anti-wrinkle injections will will smooth out lines and wrinkles on your forehead, between your eyebrows (the dreaded ’11’s) and will soften the crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes. The effect lasts 3-5 months. These injections can also be used on the lips to soften ‘smoker’s lines’, in the cheeks to reduce lines and wrinkles, and in the neck to soften the ‘bands’ that can sometimes develop as a result of muscle hyperactivity. They can also be used to reduce the bulk of cheek muscles (masseter hypertrophy) to achieve a more oval and feminine face.

Risks of Botox treatment

There are always some risks with every procedure, but Botox has been done for more than two decades with an excellent safety profile.  As with any injection, bruising can occur. If botox problems do occur, they are always temporary and never last more than a few weeks. A small percentage of people (1-2%) can feel a heaviness of the eyebrows after botox, but this is usually due to too much botox being injected into the forehead muscles. This can usually be avoided by experienced botox injectors who will always do a careful evaluation of the facial muscles. Rarely, botox can work its way into a muscle that you don’t want relaxed (such as the muscle that holds the eyelid up) and this can cause drooping of the eyelid for a few weeks.

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