Wrinkle reduction treatments
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Introduction to BOTOX® treatments

It is easy to see why BOTOX® wrinkle reduction treatments are the number one cosmetic treatment in the UK. It is a simple non-surgical treatment that can take as little as ten minutes and most people can return to their normal activities immediately afterwards. The BOTOX® muscle relaxant used in the procedure contains a specially prepared naturally occurring protein that originates from bacteria which has been used in the medical world for 50 years.

BOTOX® has been used in clinical practice for more than 10 years. This extensive experience confirms the established safety profile of BOTOX® as a wrinkle-reduction treatment. BOTOX® is used for a number of medical treatments, including the treatment of excess sweating (Axillary Hyperhidrosis) and Chronic Migraine and is also used to treat the management of spacticity in children.

The treatment

A minute quantity of the BOTOX® muscle relaxant is injected into the muscles that cause dynamic lines, for example frown lines. A very fine needle is used to administer the BOTOX® muscle relaxant and most clients find that there is only minor discomfort which is temporary. The treatment can be carried out in as little as 10 minutes (following a thorough consultation) and the majority of people can continue with their normal activities immediately afterwards. A BOTOX® treatment usually takes between 7 – 14 days to become effective and the effect of  treatments can last on average  3-4 months, and in some people longer.


Who can administer BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a prescription only medication and must only be injected by qualified and registered Doctors. New Regulations allow nurses to inject, and as most nurses are non prescribers,the patient must see the prescribing Doctor each time for a Face to Face Consultation. Remote Prescribing, commonly practiced in salons; where a nurse gains a prescription for BOTOX® from a Doctor and the patient is injected without the Doctor physically seeing the patient breaks codes from the NMC (nursing midwifery council) and the GMC (general medical council) and practitioners can hence be reported and lose their license to practice. Patients are always encouraged to check the license and prescribing status of the injecting practitioner with the NMC and GMC before considering treatment. 

At Skin Etc, patients can rest assured as they are in competent hands as Dr Dan Dhunna performs all consultations, treatments and follow ups.


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How does BOTOX® work ?

BOTOX® injections temporarily prevents the nerve signals from reaching the muscle and, as a result, the muscles relax and the skin smoothes out. BOTOX® only works on the specifically injected muscles leaving surrounding muscles freedom of movement. This creates a more natural effect and does not leave the face expressionless. After on average 3-4 months, the muscle recovers and begins to move again requiring further treatment.

How safe are BOTOX® treatments?

Muscle relaxant treatments such as BOTOX® are now the number one non surgical cosmetic treatment in America and the UK. In 2002 the USA gave BOTOX® a license for cosmetic use, and in 2006 the UK gained approval for cosmetic use.

Without exception muscle relaxant treatments like BOTOX® should only be prescribed by a qualified doctor. The product is also used by clinicians for the treatment of headaches, squinting, excessive sweating, management of spasticity, gynaecology and many other conditions.

The department of health have a independent website for patients who are considering muscle relaxant treatments, like BOTOX®. Please click on the links below for further advise. www.doh.gov.uk www.mhra.co.uk 

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What side effects can I expect from BOTOX®?

As with all prescribed medicines side effects can occur. However, with BOTOX®, these are very rare and are usually temporary. Most side effects to patients are linked to the injection, such as minor discomfort upon injection, minor swelling or redness.

Who should not have BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. People under the age of 18 are not suitable for BOTOX® treatments for cosmetic use. Those over aged 65 are usually also not suitable for BOTOX® but cases can be discussed on an individual basis.

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