By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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