Surveys have revealed that:
- Over 75% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph.
- Over 45% of people make judgements about people by the look of their smile.
- Over 75% of people think that a beautiful smile helps people psychologically.
- Over 65% of people think that an attractive smile helps romantically.
Being aware of this fact goes some way to explaining the rise in wrinkle reduction and increased softening treatments that we are experiencing in the Solihull, Birmingham area of the Midlands. We Therefore thought it prudent to write an extensive blog post covering the top questions most people ask about these treatments, one of which may be Botox.
We would also like to point out that whilst Botox may be suitable for you, it forms part of a wide range of treatments and prescriptions available. We will only ever prescribe a suitable treatment for you, which may or may not include Botulinium type A (Botox).
Botox® is commonly used in the treatment of wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet. Over time these wrinkles will become permanent even when you’re not frowning. The Botox® treatment involves using a series of targeted injections that relax the muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles. The result is smoother, younger looking skin and you’ll be amazed when your wrinkles smooth out after a day or so, restoring your face to a more youthful and relaxed look.
How does Botox® Work?
Botox® works by relaxing the muscles on the face that cause wrinkles. When we express ourselves, such as talking and smiling we constantly use our facial muscles which causes lines and wrinkles on the face. Over the years these lines and wrinkles can become deeper and more prominent and are worsened by smoking, sun damage and loss of skin collagen and elasticity.
Injecting small amounts of Botox®, a purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum, using tiny needles, the signals between nerves and the injected muscles are prevented from connecting therefore reducing the activity in the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form.
Here’s an animation which shows how this works:
The Botox® works by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle that trigger wrinkle causing contractions. The treatment can cause a little discomfort and redness may also appear on the treated area, but this will disappear after an hour or so.
How soon after treatment when I noticed results and how long will they last?
Botox® treatment is relatively quick, an initial consultation takes around 30 minutes, and then the treatment itself takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the area to be treated
Results can be seen after as little 48 hours and last for around 4-6 months. There is no recovery period, bruising or swelling after treatment. Botox® does not cause any loss of facial expressions. Only the treated areas will be affected.
Is there any pain associated with treatment?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
Will I still be able to frown after treatment?
It’s a commonly held myth that treatment paralyses your muscles so that you can’t move.
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin A) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had cosmetic surgery.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
How long does treatment last?
The results from treatment with Botox® usually last around three to four months. If you did not continue with regular Botox® treatment, your lines would eventually come back to the level they were at prior to your treatment. As lines become softer and the muscles less active, regular clients find they may need Botox® less frequently than every four months.
How much does treatment with Botox® cost?
- Initial consultations are free, click here to book yours.
- 1 area – £150.00
- 2 areas- £175.00
- 3 areas – £199.00
Botox® is a very affordable treatment when compared to the surgical alternatives and provides you with a natural, healthy, rejuvenated look . The prices depend on whether the treatment required is mild, moderate or advanced. At your consultation appointment we will be able to give you a clear indication of the price.