Wrinkles and facial lines are the result of ageing, lifestyle, sun damage, genetics and use or overuse of facial muscles. Smoking, hormones and stress can also make facial wrinkles worse.
We always assess these factors during your initial consultation and offer advice on ways to maintain your skin in the best possible way.
However you cannot influence all of these factors. This is where we can help with muscle relaxing wrinkle injections to relax those muscles responsible for producing facial wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin Type A (often referred to as Botox) is a highly refined product produced by bacteria that is injected in precise doses to temporarily relax muscle activity.
We have comprehensive knowledge of head and neck anatomy and physiology together with extensive training in the use of cosmetic treatments. Dr James Willis has been providing these wrinkle reducing treatments for over fifteen years.Botox FAQs: Read more
Botox treatment FAQs
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Frown Lines: above the bridge of the nose.
Forehead lines: Horizontal lines between the hairline and eyebrows.
Crows Feet: Lines radiating outwards from the corners of the eyes.
Bunny Lines: Those that appear along the side of the nose.
Lower Jaw Definition : Reducing the jowl look under the lower jaw.
Necklines: Those lines produced by the platysma muscle radiating from the lower jaw along the front of the neck and décolleté. Sometimes referred to as ‘turkey neck’ these lines are either horizontal ‘necklace lines’ or the vertical bands that are prominent when you clench your teeth. Gummy Smile. Sometimes the lip line is high exposing a large amount of gum above the upper teeth - ‘The Esther Rantzen Smile’ Discrete treatment of the muscles that position the upper lip ( levator labii superioris alaeque nasi) can lower the lip line to produce a less ‘gummy’ smile.
Other Areas: Botox can be used too for softening ‘smokers lines’ around the lips, Raising the corners of the mouth, raising the tip of the nose and softening fine cheek lines.
Who can benefit from Botox injection treatment?
Anyone concerned about facial wrinkle reduction. Botox treatment produces a fresher more relaxed look while still allowing facial expression. It is sensible to treat developing lines early before they become too deep set. However clients of all ages can benefit from treatment.
Is Botox treatment safe?
Yes, the medication has been used for medical procedures for over thirty years without any known long-term problems. Potential rare short-term side effects will be discussed fully at your consultation and ways to minimize these occurrences will be fully explained.
How does the medication work?
The medication temporarily interferes with the transmission of messages between muscles and the nerves that control them. Normal function returns to the muscle after several months. At this point more treatment is desirable to maintain the enhanced facial appearance.
Who should not be treated with Botox injections?
Clients who are pregnant or breast-feeding or who have Lambert Eaton syndrome or Myasthenia Gravis (serious muscle wasting conditions), clients who are taking blood-thinning medicines such as Warfarin or high dose of aspirin may be treated but are more likely to experience temporary bruising.
What brand names are available?
Botox, Vistabel, Xeomin, Azzulure, Dysport, Myobloc. We tend to use mainly the first four medications.
Is the Botox treatment painful?
No. The medication is injected in very small doses with an ultra fine needle. It is mildly uncomfortable and doesn’t need any anaesthetic. However some clients ask us to use a surface skin anaesthetic such as Emla cream.
How long does the Botox injection treatment take?
The initial consultation is open ended but usually takes about half an hour. The actual Botox treatment often takes less than ten minutes.
For new patients we often invite them to return for a review after two weeks.
What improvement will I see after wrinkle injection treatment?
You will see the wrinkle reduction in the treated areas looking softer and less obvious. Your face will look younger and more relaxed. The improvement in appearance takes about five days to start and it reaches its optimum after about a fortnight. Click here to view our image gallery.
Is there anything that I should or shouldn’t do after Botox treatment?
You should avoid touching the treated area for a few hours. You will need to keep upright immediately after treatment (so no shoe shopping!) it is helpful to exercise the treated muscles during the first few hours. The do’s and don’ts will be explained in detail during your assessment.
When will I see a difference?
After about five days. The full effect is seen after two weeks.
How long does the improvement last?
Between 3 to 6 months depending on your individual response. Subsequent treatments tend to last longer.
Will it leave my face frozen and without expression?
No. We assess the optimum dose to produce a relaxed soft appearance but you will still have facial expression.
Are there any after effects?
Generally no. Some people may experience slight bruising or swelling immediately after treatment. We will discuss this in detail with you at the time of your consultation.
Can I combine Botox and Dermal Filler treatments?
Yes. We often provide an integrated treatment plan combining Botox, dermal fillers and facial peels.
How much does Botox injection treatment cost?
This is assessed on an individual basis. Treatment costs range between £150 and £350. We always provide excellent value for money.