Botox Information Winchester Hampshire UK

Excellent for:

  • Lines: frown, forehead, around the eyes and on the nose
  • Eyebrow elevation
  • Underarm sweating

Good for:

  • Lines around the mouth that appear on movement
  • Tooth-grinding

Poor for:

  • Raising the corners of the mouth
  • Static lines around the mouth
  • Treating lines in leathery, sun-damaged skin (see skin rejuvenation)

How does Botox® work?

Tiny amounts of Botox® are injected into the muscles that crease the skin into lines and wrinkles. Botox® blocks the message from the nerve that causes the muscle to contract, thereby allowing the muscle to relax. The skin can then repair itself and the lines and wrinkles gradually fade.


Which types of Botox® work best?

Botox® and Vistabel® are the "gold standard" products and are the same molecule. It is the best researched, lasts the longest and can be placed the most accurately and so should produce the most natural-looking results.

Dysport® is a bigger molecule and less easy to place accurately. However, it is cheaper and so you should get a price reduction if the practitioner is using it as a Botox® substitute.

Xeomin® worked as well in clinical trials carried out at the Wessex Skin Clinic but, we know less about this product.


Is Botox® safe?

Yes. It is so safe that doses several times larger than the cosmetic dose are used to treat children with cerebral palsy. Long-term cosmetic use, over ten years, has also been shown to be safe and produce no lasting side-effects. More than 13 million people have had Botox® since 2002.


Does Botox® hurt?

Botox® is administered by injection and treatment involves several tiny pin-pricks that sting or tingle for about a second.


How should I prepare for Botox® treatment?

No specific preparation is needed.


What is involved in Botox® treatment?

Botox® is administered by injection and treatment involves a series of tiny pin-pricks with a very fine needle. Up to nine are needed to treat the frown lines, six to twelve for the forehead, four to eight for lines around the eyes (‘crows feet') and fewer for other treatment areas. Treatment takes 10-30 minutes.


How will I look immediately after Botox® treatment?

The injections of Botox® raise small bumps in the skin that settle within an hour or so. Very occasionally, a small bruise may develop at an injection site.


Is there any important Botox® aftercare?


You can return to work and normal daily activities immediately after treatment but don't exercise, drink alcohol, or massage the treated area for 3 hours after treatment.


How soon after Botox® injections will I notice an improvement?

Botox® starts working 2-7 days after treatment and takes full effect by day 14. After that you will notice the lines and wrinkles fading in the areas that have been treated. It works more quickly on the forehead than the frown lines.


How long does Botox® last?

If you delay Botox® top ups for more than every 4 months, people will notice that your facial expressions vary. However, if your skin is healthy, it may take 6 months or more before the lines come back.


Does Botox® produce any side-effects?

All side-effects are temporary

  • A small bruise at one or more of the injection sites
  • Tenting of one eyebrow, that can be simply corrected
  • Treatment of forehead lines can cause the eyelids to descend a millimetre or two
  • Rarely: drooping of one eyelid
  • Rarely: patchy numbness on the forehead or headaches. (Although most people find that Botox® injections help their headaches.)

Who should not have Botox® injections?

  • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • If you have an allergy to albumin
  • If you have Myaesthenia gravis
  • If you are taking some types of antibiotics