I treat patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and beyond with Botox. It’s one of many treatments I carry out, yet the most common enquiry I receive is ‘What is it?’ and ‘How does it work?’.
So I’m going to tell you the facts about Botox, because that is how you become informed to make choices and consider your options.
Botox is a licensed medication, so is paracetamol. If you have a headache, you may take two tablets, but certainly not two boxes! It’s a simple way of putting it into perspective.
Botox is used in much higher doses by the NHS for various conditions including spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, multiple sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy. Its popularity as a cosmetic treatment is widespread and much more recent.
Yes, it can make you look younger and fresher. These treatments can restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. When injected it reduces the movement of muscles in areas which may have become creased. The skin is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
When the face is at rest, permanent lines appear naturally as we grow older. What Botox treatment does is to temporarily inactivate muscles, therefore it’s always reversible. It does not freeze or paralyse muscles as people often think it does.
The time involved is minimal. A consultation can take up to an hour, but actual treatment only takes about 5 minutes.
The areas which best respond to treatment include: vertical frown lines between the eyebrows; horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face; platysma bands (the neck) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits – to be addressed in my next blog).
Every patient I treat is different; they come to me from all walks of life, with varying budgets. I see people who are seeking corrective treatment too, if less keen on a past treatment which has been carried out elsewhere.
If you only have the treatment once you benefit from a few months without creating any more lines and wrinkles.
Patients may come along every three months, or less frequently depending on what works best for their budget or lifestyle. That might be twice a year, at the beginning of summer or start of the winter party season.
I see many patients who are delighted with how we’ve worked on their problem areas. We have a good relationship and they enjoying coming to our face and skin clinic.
For them it’s minimal expenditure but maximum investment in freshening up the natural appearance that they want. I merely facilitate achieving that…
Blog soon, Leanne