Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin made by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. When used, botulinum toxin causes temporary muscle relaxation, and is licensed for cosmetic use.
It is possible to treat far more than the 3 areas of the face that are traditionally treated with botulinum toxin for wrinkles. It can also be used to treat other areas, such as the neck, gummy smiles and smoker's lines, amongst others.
A side effect of the use of botulinum toxin is that it stops sweat production- so one of the treatments offered here at Aethra is the use of botulinum toxin to help excessive armpit sweating.
WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
Botulinum toxin can be used to treat far more than the face.
Face- wrinkles can be treated in the forehead, frown area and crow's feet area of the face.
Armpits- the armpits can be treated for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Neck- can be treated to help relax the jowls and provide a neck lift effect.
Jaw- a wide set jaw can be narrowed with repeated treatment.
Eyebrows- it is possible to perform a lift with botulinum toxin
Mouth- both a gummy smile and downturned corners of the mouth can be improved with botulinum toxin, as can smoker's lines
Chin- pebbled/dimpled chins can be treated too
HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED?
Before any treatment is carried out, the practitioner will take photographs of the patient from different angles with the face both relaxed and contracted. This is essential for the practitioner to ensure they are achieving good results and will be held confidentially unless the patient consents for the images to be used.
The patient is asked to make themselves comfortable on the couch. The practitioner will then clean the skin with a sterile solution and mark the injection sites before doing them.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
After the treatment is performed you will be able to go home, no down time is required. It is important to avoid high intensity exercise, alcohol consumption and to remain upright for 3 hours following treatment. It is also important to exercise the areas that have been treated as this helps improve the effect of the treatment.
The time it takes for effects to be seen, and how long it lasts will depend on where the treatment has been administered and for what reason. However, for the most common type of treatment (forehead, frown and crow's feet) it takes 2 weeks to see the full effect and it will last about 3 months.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
One area- £195
Two areas- £225
Three areas- £250
Hyperhidrosis (excess armpit sweating)- £400
Masseter (jaw clenching)- £350
Bunny lines/gummy smile/brow lift/dimpled chin/downturned smile- £195 (but if done in conjunction with another botox procedure then you pay an additional £50 to the other treatment cost)
Playsmal bands (neck lift)- £350
Please note that men often need larger doses of botulinum toxin and may require paying an additional £50- this will be discussed at the consultation