BOTOX®

“This underpins the philosophy that small changes on a face can have huge visual impact yet still remain understated and undetectable. This is the look of our time…”

Dr Tracy Mountford on BOTOX® Injections

Wrinkles and fine lines aren’t just tell-tale signs of ageing; brow frowns and wrinkles around the eyes, like crow’s feet, can also make you look tired or ‘hard’.

Botulinum toxin is actually an FDA-approved medicine and the most well-known brand is BOTOX®. BOTOX® is a very popular cosmetic treatment used to treat wrinkles on the face and neck.

Because BOTOX® injections are unregulated in the UK, it is essential to use a fully qualified practitioner such as The Cosmetic Skin Clinic to avoid anti-wrinkle treatment that may result in a frozen forehead or total lack of facial expression.

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BOTOX® is a naturally purified protein that works as a muscle relaxant. It’s often prescribed by doctors in the UK to treat medical conditions such as chronic migraines, eyelid spasms, and even hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet).

As we get older, it’s natural for wrinkles, brow furrows and forehead lines or a sagging neck to appear. This can often be due to weakened collagen in the skin because of too much sun exposure or natural gravity or because of excess facial movement or due to genetic pre-disposition.

BOTOX® can therefore be used to treat facial lines caused by the action of these muscles on the skin through wrinkle injections. It reversibly relaxes facial muscles to smooth those unwanted wrinkles and stop deeper lines forming. When done properly, brow relaxing and crow’s feet relaxing should never lead to a frozen, ‘caught-in-the-headlights’ look.

BOTOX® treatment can help by:

  • Diminishing the deep creases between your eyebrows, or crow’s feet and forehead lines
  • Reversing a puckered or pointy chin (known as a ‘witchy chin’) by relaxing the muscle that causes the puckering. It creates a smooth, dimple-free lower face
  • Tightening and redefining the neck and jaw line for an elegant and more youthful look through a ‘Nefertiti Neck Lift’. This a simple, and usually highly effective, procedure without any downtime
  • Treating teeth grinding by relaxing the jaw muscles and reducing tension on the jaw joint
  • Treating excessive sweating (known as ‘Hyperhidrosis’). Injecting into sweat glands in the armpits, hands or feet has had safe, dramatic and life-changing results for many of our patients.

It normally takes 5-7 days for BOTOX® injections, brow freezing or crow’s feet freezing treatments to work. At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we believe in helping you look great for your age in a completely natural and subtle way. We usually obtain good results after just a single injection.

You may need to repeat treatment approximately every 3-4 months over a 12-month period to maintain your fresh and natural appearance. Clinical trials report that some patients who’ve had treatment over 12 months only need further treatments once or twice the following year. Your medical practitioner will give you all the advice you need.

We’ve all seen the photos of celebs with all-too smooth, arched brows or a blank, expressionless face.

If you’re worried about frown lines, crow’s feet, or a sagging neck, it’s vital to put yourself in the safest possible hands to ensure the most effective yet natural of differences. Dr Tracy Mountford, owner of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, is renowned for natural looking results. Her light-handed ‘sprinkle’ approach involves using tiny, feather-light doses around the hairline to gently soften those unwanted wrinkles and lines.

We will explain everything in detail and make you feel at ease and relaxed on the day of your treatment, knowing you’re in safe, expert and medically qualified hands.

BOTOX® has an excellent safety profile with over 2.5 million users to date across the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. The doses are very small and the risks are minimal. If any do occur, they’re temporary and just mild to moderate.

We cannot stress enough how important is it for BOTOX® injections to be performed by doctors and nurses with appropriate qualifications and expertise in a clinical setting. Dr Tracy Mountford personally handpicks and trains all of our medical practitioners herself.

Treatment usually takes around 20 minutes. If there’s a little bruising, you can easily camouflage it with makeup. There is no downtime and you can resume normal activities right away.

Many people find their procedure at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic more comfortable than expected. That’s because our medical practitioners are so highly skilled and precise; you should merely feel a mild sting on your skin that only lasts seconds. The procedure is simple to perform. Some people may experience slight bruising from the anti-wrinkle injections, but this will go away.

Both treatments involve injections, but BOTOX® restricts the muscle movement that results in wrinkles while dermal fillers simply plump out and smooth wrinkles. Sometimes, these treatments are more effective when combined.

BOTOX® does not contain any animal products. However, like most pharmaceuticals, there is a brief period of animal testing to ensure the treatment is safe for human use.

BOTOX® is typically used for the improvement of lines and wrinkles caused by excessive movement of underlying muscles. There are more effective options available which will improve the condition, tone and texture of your skin, such as therapies that stimulate collagen, gentle laser treatments or use of products designed to control acne. These products, known as cosmeceuticals, contain combinations of active ingredients to help minimize the acne scarring and to control the acne breakouts.

The effects of BOTOX® are localised and work by blocking nerves signals to specific muscles. BOTOX® should not make you look or feel tired. To the contrary, BOTOX® administered correctly for the individual patient can refresh tired looking eyes.

True BOTOX® allergies are exceedingly rare. Temporary headache is the most commonly reported symptom following BOTOX® injection, though the numbers of patients who report headaches is very small, compared with the amount of treatments performed. Any headache can be treated with simple painkillers such as paracetamol.

BOTOX® is a drug made from Clostridium botulinum bacterium. The BOTOX® injection is a purified protein derived from the toxin and is used in both medical and cosmetic procedures to treat conditions such as:

  • Chronic migraine
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Smoothing of wrinkles

BOTOX® injections work by blocking the interaction between the muscles and the nerve endings. It is FDA approved for the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.

The botulinum toxin was first cleared by the FDA in 1989 for the treatment of a medical eye condition. However, it was in 2002 that the formula, now renamed BOTOX, was given FDA clearance as a safe and reliable cosmetic treatment. Since that time, this popular wonder drug has received approval for the treatment of many conditions, including chronic migraine, bladder problems and muscle stiffness, as well as several aesthetic procedures.

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