The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.
Botox can be used for patients looking to reduce wrinkles without undergoing major surgery. The anti-wrinkle therapy substance is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating a smoother, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
The injections are usually painless and - unless you get a bruise - invisible. The Botox starts to work after the first few days and reaches maximum effect by 2 weeks. For most people Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months. As it wears off you will start to be able to frown more deeply again. By 6 months the Botox will have fully worn off. Most people choose to repeat the treatment!
The popularity of Botox is such that it is available in many locations, including dentists’ surgeries. The best results are achieved by surgeons and aesthetic nurses trained in the anatomy of the periocular region, and able to adjust their injections to match each individual. At Ock Street Clinic we price Botox by the unit rather than per area, so you only pay for what you need. We also offer a top up service that is usually applied between two and four weeks after the initial treatment, and again you only pay for what you need.
Crow's feet refers to the thread like lines that occur around the delicate eye area in response to ageing. Crow's feet can also become more pronounced for smokers as their eyes scrunch up against the smoke they produce. Botox treatment aims to smooth and firm crow's feet giving the eyes a brighter and more youthful appearance.
We actively encourage people to seek independent medical advice before committing themselves to treatment. Questions are always encouraged and Mr Caesar MA MB BChir FRCOphth BOPSS (GMC 3677674) is only happy to carry out any facial treatments once his patients are fully educated about all the options.