A non-invasive treatment without the need for surgery, Botox is one of the best known and popular remedies for reducing the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. When injected in small doses Botox relaxes the muscles beneath the skin, visibly smoothing and improving the contours of your face and giving you a more youthful look. Botox can also be used preventively to preserve a youthful complexion and delay the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles. Santi is one of London’s leading Botox clinics in so you can feel assured you will be treated by an expert with extensive Botox experience. Located in the heart of South Kensington, Chelsea and moments from South Kensington tube station.
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox® is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, made by Allergan. Botox has been used for treating wrinkles since the 1990s and is the most common cosmetic procedure in the world. The effects of injecting Botox were first discovered by Canadian doctors, a husband and wife team who were using it to treat strabismus, or crossed eyes. When they discovered the end result included an improvement in facial wrinkles, Botox® was born.
WHAT IS BOTOX USED FOR?
Botox can be used to smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles beneath these areas. It can also be used preventively to delay the signs of ageing. Other more advanced uses include providing a defined eyebrow arch, improving the oral commissures and enhancing the skin in the neck area. Botox is also commonly used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and chronic migraines.
WHO IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR?
One of our surgeons will carry out a thorough consultation to establish if Botox is suitable for you, and perhaps provide advice on other procedures such as lasers treatment or skin peels. It is usually recommended to avoid Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding - unless it is absolutely necessary for medical reasons. If you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance that you may be, please let us know before the procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
After a thorough consultation regarding your specific requirements we will advise you on facial symmetry and the dynamics of facial muscles. This will make you better aware of the results that can be achieved. Our approach is always gentle, and our policy is not to over-treat. Once you are happy with the results we can enhance the treatment protocol upon future visits. Please allow 45 minutes if this is your first visit and 30 minutes for follow up appointments.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OR RISKS?
Side effects are rare, but some clients may experience redness or bruising at the injection site. Occasionally the area might temporarily ache.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I TYPICALLY EXPECT?
It usually takes between 5 and 10 days for the full effect of Botox treatment to become visible. You are welcome to come in for a further top-up treatment around the 10-day mark at our clinic in Chelsea. After that you will typically come in every 3 to 4 months for further treatments. To maintain the effect of Botox we strongly recommend skin peels or laser light treatments to enhance the appearance of the skin further.
You can return to normal activities immediately but avoid rubbing the treated area or lying down flat in the initial 4 hours after Botox treatment.
MEDICAL USES OF BOTULINUM TOXIN
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