Botox ® Treatments: before and after images
Botox ® is an injectable drug that is used to relax the muscles. Botox injections have been used for cosmetic treatments to reduce lines and wrinkles since about 1990, and there are many clinical trials confirming its effectiveness and safety. We have been providing Botox treatments for many years in the clinic.
Botox® is also used for cosmetic reasons to help reduce sweating in the armpits and hands.
How does Botox® work?
It prevents the nerve signal from reaching the muscles to make it contract. Its effect is not permanent, gradually wearing off after a few months, so treatment with this agent needs to be repeated for the desired effect to be maintained. Botox® is a prescription only medicine (POM) and has a partial license for cosmetic use in this country. It should be only administered by trained medical professionals in a Care Quality Commission approved facility.
Who will Botox® injection treatments benefit?
Men and women who want to achieve a younger, healthier and fresher look. The best facial regions to treat are: frown line, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Great care needs to be taken if other areas are to be treated, such as the mouth and neck, and then, should only be treated by an experienced doctor. Botox® injections allow the precise and selective reduction in certain muscle movements, so the lines and wrinkles in these treated areas gradually soften resulting in a younger, fresher looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. The precise injection of the appropriate amount of Botox® is vitally important to ensure a good result with minimal risk. A Dermatologist with detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and years of experience in facial treatments and surgery would be the best person to seek advice from when considering such treatment.
Are Botox® injections painful?
No, they are not. Tiny needles are used to inject into the muscles, so only pin pricks may be felt. Most patients find the treatment very tolerable and virtually painless, however, for those not so good with needles, local anaesthetic cream can be used beforehand, but this needs to be applied for at least 30 minutes for the numbing effect to occur. Following the treatment, there may be a little redness or bruising at the site of injections, which usually settles within 24-48 hours.
What are the possible side effects following Botox® treatment?
Side-effects from Botox® are most commonly slight redness, bruising and swelling, that will settle in a few days. Some patients can get a transient mild headache. Drooping of the eyebrows or puffiness under eyes can also occur, but these will be considered and risks minimised. In our experience, other side effects are very rare due to our highly-qualified medical skin specialists with many years experience.
How quickly does Botox® take to work and can I return to a normal life straightaway?
Patients typically return to a normal working and social life immediately after treatment. The Botox® effect is not immediate, but gradually takes effect over the first few days but can take up to 2 weeks to have its optimal effect.
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Men and women may be treated. It is suitable for most adults except for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Please inform us of any medical conditions you may have or medications that you are currently taking.
How long will the effects of treatment last?
The Botox® effect continues typically for 4 months. Studies by Carruthers & al (March 2001) show that most practitioners would recommend an initial course of Botox® treatments every 4 months for the 1st year. It now appears that after this time the treatment interval may be lengthier and some patients only need to return twice a year to maintain results.
Does Botox® remove all facial expressions?
No, our experienced doctors have been highly trained and will be able to fine tune the placement of the injections to give a natural expression.
Can Botox® be combined with other treatments?
Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Perfectha etc can complement Botox treatment. Other treatments can be combined including various topical creams e.g. retinol, microdermabrasion, laser rejuvenation and medical skin needling techniques.
What else can Botox® treat?
Botox® can be used very successfully in the control of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), in the armpits and hands/feet. Each treatment has an average effect of 6 to 7 months, but can last up to 15 months in some cases.
Botox® can also be useful in relieving Migraines and tension headaches. In severe migraines, the points of injection include the sides of the scalp, the back of the head and the shoulders as well as the forehead. It can be a very effective treatment in reducing the severity and frequency of migrainous episodes.
What is the cost of Botox® treatment?
A comprehensive initial consultation for lines and wrinkles including Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments, Laser, IPL treatments, Chemical Peels and RF skin tightening etc will be offered first.
Your appointments are never rushed. We will take time to explain the procedures to you, make a personalised assessment of your needs and agree a treatment plan to suit you. Follow up reviews are included if you have any concerns or worries about the treatment. The assessment consultation is usually 30 mins and is £100, which is deducted from the injectable treatments within 3 months.
Treatment costs of Botox® : from £200 depending on the number of units used. For a soft natural look, costs may start from as little as £150. Typically it is £250 to £350 per session for the doctors.
Treatment of Botox® for hyperhidrosis : from £500 per treatment. (plus initial consultation fee of £250 if it is the first treatment)
Treatment of Botox® for Migraines if including injections to the scalp and top of the shoulders: £500 per treatment (plus initial consultation fee of £150 to £220 if it is the first treatment)
Why Choose The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent is led by a Consultant Dermatologist and Laser Specialist. It is the winner of the Gold Award for Aesthetic Clinic of the Year at The Kent Health & Beauty Awards 2016 and 2018. The Clinic is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission. All the doctors, nurse and therapists are highly trained and have many years experience in the treatments offered. Further information on the team, please see Meet The Team page.
We will always take time to fully explain the procedure to you. Your appointments are never rushed to allow you time to ask all your questions. We will make a personalised assessment of your skin to ensure we recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. Aftercare follow up reviews are included so that you can be rest assured that we are always here for you.
To make an appointment, please contact us on 01227 472288, or use our online booking system under Contact above.
We have clients for Botox treatment from all over SE Kent, including Ashford, Dover, Deal, Broadstairs, Margate, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Hythe, Folkestone and beyond.