Botox is a novel therapeutic muscle relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. Also known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, the-brand Botox is produced in controlled laboratory conditions and given in extremely small therapeutic doses.

Botox has been approved by the FDA in the USA and in Europe since 1989 as a safe and effective treatment for eyelid spasms, muscle spasms causing crossed eyes, as well as facial spasms. Plus it has been shown to be an effective non-surgical treatment for facial lines and wrinkles (licensed for cosmetic use in Canada and some EEC countries)

Normally your brain sends electrical messages to your- muscles so that they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. Botox works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle doesn't receive the message to contract. This means that the muscle spasms stop or are greatly reduced after using Botox, providing reliable relief from symptoms (pain) or softening of wrinkles.

Botox effect over time (30 days)

Botox effect over time

Why should I consider Botox injections for cosmetic purposes?
As we age, we develop wrinkles and creases, on the face, partly due to the action of certain facial muscles on our skin. These muscles produce creases by the constant pull they exert on our skin. An injection of Botox into these specific muscles causes a temporary relaxation, which softens the muscle. This allows the skin to relax and eliminates the wrinkle

Prominent facial lines may be viewed as expressions of anger, pain, sadness, etc. Besides Botox, there are many other remedies available from which to choose, for example facelifts, peels, and tissue fillers such as collagen and skin creams. What must be determined is the best procedure for the particular situation. For instance, stubborn lines on the forehead and crows feet are very resistant to most treatments. A filler agent such as collagen will only be a temporary fix to smooth out those types of wrinkles. Botox, however, can greatly decrease or totally erase the lines by allowing the muscles to be without significant tension. This enables the skin to relax, resulting in a smooth appearance.

Can I have Botox Treatments while I'm pregnant or breast feeding?
No, Although Botox injections are a safe procedure with minimal side effects, it isn't' recommended during pregnancy or breast feeding.

How is Botox administered?
In a simple clinic procedure, Botox is injected using a very fine needle in the overactive muscles. The muscle function becomes weakened, eliminating part or all of its function. Long standing wrinkles will soften and may eventually disappear. The result is a softer, more relaxed and pleasant appearance. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. You may return to work immediately; however, you should avoid exercise for 4 hours or massaging the area to limit any possible spreading of the medicine.

Does the treatment hurt?
A very fine needle nearly as thin as your hair is used for the one to three injections that are usually given per muscle. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from treatment. Occasionally you may have headaches for few days.

What if 1 have a needle phobia?
Do not worry, this is a relatively common presentation that we face frequently. Please inform our specialist and we will give you a few options depending on the degree of phobia that you have. Occasionally we may charge an extra £100 pounds for the extra used material.

When does Botox start to work?
The effects of the Botox injection may be seen after 2-3 days with maximum benefit reached in two weeks. The end result may take up to 30 days to appear, particularly in men with strong facial muscles.

How long does the effect last?
Botox offers sustained relief, dose after dose over the course of long-term treatment. The relief felt from a single treatment of Botox will normally be sustained for approximately 3 to 6 months. You will notice a gradual fading of its effects. At this point you will return to the clinic for your next treatment. Please note that response may vary among individuals, and so the degree of relief and duration of effect varies from person to person.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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