What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription only medicine which relaxes the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require re-treatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
How is it administered?
The procedures do not require anesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. The protein is injected into the muscle using a fine needle in order to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. It is recommended that patients avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure. For cosmetic procedures, a study published in Dermatologic Therapy found that men need a higher dose of Botox than women.
Where can you have Botox?
It is most commonly injected into the muscles of the forehead and between the eyes(the scowl area).It also works really well for the laughter lines by the sides of the eyes.
How long does it last for?
It gradually wears off over a 3-6 month period. At this point you can have re-treatment or leave things alone if you prefer.
What are the side effects of Botox?
All side effects are temporary. The most common side effect of Botox injections is temporary bruising. Other possible side effects include:
Brow ptosis/lid ptosis
Flares of acne
Where are the treatments performed?
All treatments are delivered by Dr Usmani in professional safe clinical environments are delivered at the award-winning Heaton Mersey Orthodontic Centre in Stockport and the Wellfield clinic in Huddersfield.