As the elasticity of the skin changes over time, we develop fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet and expression lines. Sun exposure, smoking, and hereditary factors can make things worse, resulting in a face that is old beyond its years.
Many people simply accept this but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. At The Devonshire Clinic we can deliver non-surgical and reversible Botox treatments to smooth your facial skin, giving you a firmer and more youthful look.
The Devonshire Clinic Botox treatments
Botox is a substance originally extracted from Botulinum bacteria. It is a toxin but when used medically produces a specific and controllable muscle paralysis.
When injected into the facial muscles, it relaxes the muscles that pull on the skin and so reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is targeted at facial muscles that have no significant function, so that the appearance of your skin is improved without reducing your ability to move your face with normal facial expressions.
Where is Botox treatment used?
Botox can be used to smooth several problem areas of the face and neck, including:
- Crow’s feet at the edge of the eyes
- Creases between the eyebrows
- Frown lines on the forehead
Treatment with Botox at The Devonshire Clinic
Our Consultant Dermatologist will introduce Botox into the facial muscles using a series of small injections, which are uncomfortable rather than painful. You may experience slight swelling for the first day or two and the full effect of the treatment will not be seen for five to seven days.
You can speed up the beneficial effect by exercising your facial muscles vigorously in the first couple of hours after your treatment. Following a treatment with Botox The Devonshire Clinic offers full after care and our Consultant Dermatologists agree that the results of Botox injections are generally reliable.
How long does Botox treatment last?
Botox treatment usually lasts three to four months, after which a repeat treatment will be required. If you have regular treatments over 12 months, you may find that you will require repeat treatments less frequently in the future, perhaps only needing fresh injections every six months.
Is Botox treatment safe?
Yes, Botox is listed as a ‘prescribed technique’ in the UK and is approved as a treatment if it is administered under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
Our Botox treatments take place in the setting of a medical dermatology clinic and are given by our highly-qualified consultant dermatologists. Correct placement of the injections is crucial to the final result, and our depth of medical knowledge means that you can approach your treatment with full confidence.
Very occasionally there may be side effects associated with the treatment, such as:
- Bruising at the site of the injections
- Cold sores (especially if you are generally prone to getting cold sores)
- Temporary drooping of the eyebrows
- Headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms
- Temporary numbness around the treated area
- Allergic reaction
If you have repeated treatments, there is an increased chance that you will have an immune reaction to the proteins in the Botox preparation. If you do experience any problems, we can advise you whether to delay or avoid treatment in the future.