Glasgow BOTOX® Clinic

This is a common aesthetic procedure, safe, efficient and affordable to achieve anti-ageing effects. This is commonly known as Botox® because it is one of the oldest Brand available for use. The name Botox® was derived from the first letters of the two words of the compound used: Botulinum Toxin.

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FAQ’s

What is Botox®?

Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In a purified form using the right doses, Botulinum toxin is a very safe and effective treatment, not only used in cosmetic clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including migraines, excessive sweating and over an active bladder.

All botulinum toxins are prescription only medicines. Botox® is one of the licensed brands of Botulinum toxin A. Other licensed brands include Azzalure®, Dysport®, Xeomin® Bocouture®.

 

Note: Static wrinkles that are a result of skin thinning will be not be removed by treatment with botulinum toxin. Subjects should seek alternative treatment for the management of such wrinkles.

How does Botox® work?

The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle stays in a resting state for a period of 8 to 12 weeks on average. This may only be a partial reduction in movement allowing some remaining movement or a full block, in which case there is very little remaining muscular movement in the area – this very much depends on the amount administered and the location of product placement – treatment may be tailored to suit your individual requirements. Your expected treatment outcome and whether this outcome can be achieved, will be discussed at the time of consultation.

 

Wrinkling of the face is in part due to the action of the muscles underneath the skin, which pull and push the skin into wrinkles such as “frown lines”, “crow’s feet”, “forehead lines” and so forth. By temporarily paralysing these muscles, the face is given a pleasant, more relaxed and youthful, appearance.

Note: Static wrinkles that are a result of skin thinning will be not be removed by treatment with botulinum toxin. Subjects should seek alternative treatment for the management of such wrinkles.

How fast and how long does the effect of Botox® Glasgow last?

This depends on the type of lines. Generally, we divide lines into dynamic and static lines. Dynamic lines appear with expression and disappear shortly after. On the other hand, static lines are always apparent. Dynamic lines will start to improve from the first treatment while static lines will take multiple treatments and occasionally add on other modalities.

 

Results tend to last 3-4 months. Movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is not recommended. Repeating treatment when movement recovers will deliver optimum results over time. Frequency of treatments may be reduced according to the quality of your skin and your response to treatment.

Should you choose not to have further treatments to maintain results, your muscles will return to their pre-treatment state.

What areas can I have treated?

What areas can be treated with Botox?

The following expressions can improve with Botox.

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines
  • Smile line (crow feet)
  • Bunny line
  • Smoker line (upper lip)
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Gummy smile
  • Lifting angle of the mouth
  • Neck lift
  • Excessive sweating
  • Jaw pain
  • Orange peel chin appearance
Can I have treatment with botulinum toxin more than once?
Yes – once the effects of treatment have diminished, or if the effects of treatment need to be enhanced, re-treatment with botulinum toxin is safe.
Do Botox® Injections Hurt?

A very fine needle is used and this treatment is generally not described by most as painful and can be well tolerated with no anesthetic. Please request an anesthetic cream or ice if you are nervous about needles.

Any Patient Instructions Before & After Treatment?

Before Treatment:

It is important to tell your practitioner about any medicines or dietary supplements you are taking; some medicines can adversely affect the way the toxin works or increase your risk of bruising.

If you are taking supplements such as Gingko Biloba, Garlic, fish oils, St. Johns Wort or some pain killing medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen, then these can increase your risk of bruising and it may be advisable to stop taking them a few days before your treatment. It is also advisable that you do not drink alcohol the night before your treatment, for the same reason.

Make-up will need to be removed prior to the injections and you will be advised not to reapply it for 4 hours in order to reduce the risk of infection or irritation at the injection sites. Be aware of the necessary after care advice and that your schedule allows for you to follow it.

After Treatment: 

  • DO NOT touch or rub the treated areas for 3-4 hours
  • DO NOT exercise on the day of the treatment
  • DO NOT apply make up to the treated areas for 3-4 hours
  • DO NOT use a sunbed for 7 days following treatment
  • DO NOT undertake facial massage, chemical skin peels or laser resurfacing for 7 days
  • DO NOT take aspirin for 48 hours. This will reduce the chance of bruising
  • DO NOT lie down, (i.e. remain upright for 3-4 hours.)
What are the possible side effects and complications of Botox® Injections?
Botulinum toxin is medically safe and an effective treatment. However, as with all medical treatments, side effects and complications may occur. These are mostly reversible and short lived, but can include the following;

  • Mild swelling, bruising or redness at the site of the injection. (This typically subsides within 48 hours. Temporary blurred vision as a result of paralysis of certain muscles.)
  • Eye dryness
  • Watering of the eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Slight nausea
  • Itchy skin or skin rash
  • RARE: Facial asymmetry (difference in appearance of each side of the face) as a result of over or under correction
  • RARE: Allergic reaction to the botulinum toxin, but it is rare

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