Botox Questions

What is Botox ?

BOTOX (Botulinum toxin Type A) introduced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Botox is a prescription medicine which is injected into muscles to improve cosmetic appearance. Botox treatments have many advantages not least because it is a non-surgical intervention and is safe and easy to administer.

Botox is a protein derived from Botulism Toxin that is injected underneath the skin to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. With low doses of Botox®, it actually paralyzes or relaxes facial muscles, giving the recipient a clean, smooth facial appearance. Botox® is produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

How does Botox work?

Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses which causes a temporary paralysis of the muscle. This paralysis causes reduction in the appearance of wrinkle lines. Due to the temporary effect of this procedure, the muscle can regain its activity after several months and wrinkles can reappear.

Individuals respond idiosyncratically to Botox administration but results can last up to 4 months after treatment.

How long does Botox last?

In most cases Botox® causes minimal pain, discomfort is usually transient. Pain can be reduced by using an anaesthetic cream prior to the procedure. The down time with Botox treatment is extremely limited as the procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Transient effects associated with the injection can include localised pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling and bruising.

What’s the Botox procedure?

You will be instructed to avoid alcohol for at least one week prior to your BOTOX treatment. Anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen should be avoided two weeks before your BOTOX treatment- this is to reduce bruising.The BOTOX procedure takes only a few minutes to administer to the area.No anesthesia is used nor is any required except in certain cases. Generally, people feel minor discomfort at most. During the procedure, BOTOX® will be injected into specific muscles (based on your desired results) using a narrow gauge needle. You should not rub or massage the treated area for at least twelve hours after your BOTOX injections. This is to keep the toxin from moving to an area other than where it is supposed to be.

Is Botox painful?

In most cases Botox® causes minimal pain, discomfort is usually transient. Pain can be reduced by using an anaesthetic cream prior to the procedure. The down time with Botox treatment is extremely limited as the procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Transient effects associated with the injection can include localised pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling and bruising.

Under what circumstances should I not have Botox injections?

Botox is contra-indicated in the following circumstances, but please contact Dr. Raja in case you are unsure of any of the following:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox
  • If you suffer with respiratory problems such as asthma, or chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD)
  • If you suffer from swelling problems
  • If you plan to have surgery
  • If you have drooping of the eyelids
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, Botox can harm your unborn baby
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, Botox is excreted into breast milk

Is Botox regulated?

Some clinics in the UK can be registered with IHAS (Independent Healthcare Advisory Services) . Dr Raja is an ardent proponent of steps to increase regulation and supervision of Cosmetic Aesthetic practice in the UK. Dr Raja is currently looking at the registration process which will be completed in the coming months giving the satisfaction and trust that patients deserve.

Is Botox safe?

Whilst all cosmetic procedures (surgical and non-surgical) involve a percentage of risk, Botox has been safely administered to nearly 12 million people in the U.S, and many hundreds of thousands in the U.K. Please do not hesitate to ask any s if you are unsure of the treatment, but Dr. Raja will consult you beforehand as to your suitability for the injections. Please see above for guidelines for when you should not have Botox treatment.

How much does Botox cost?

Each treatment cost depends on the amount of Botox injection administered, but can range from £150 to £2000 depending on the area administered. Please ask us for more details when booking to get a more accurate cost for your treatment.



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