When looking into cosmetic surgery there is a lot to consider and it’s important to ensure you go with an established and professional provider to ensure safe and effective results.
Luckily, The Berkeley Clinic is one of the leading Botox clinics in Glasgow. Our award-winning, lead clinician Mr. Devine has both lectured on and trained in Botox treatment internationally, assuring that you’re in completely safe hands when coming to our clinic for Botox injections.
This article aims to clearly explain how Botox injections work, the benefits Botox can provide, the alternative uses of Botox that you might not be aware of and what to expect from Botox treatment at The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow.
What is Botox?
Botox is actually a brand name yet it has become synonymous with facial rejuvenation and anti-wrinkle treatment. Botox stands for Botulinum Toxin, which is a neurotoxin that is used to relax muscles and smooth out frown lines. When injected into the body, Botulinum Toxin blocks chemical signals from the nerves, namely the signals that cause the muscles to contract.
The use of Botox is mostly used to temporarily relax the facial muscles and can help treat frown lines, brow furrows and crow’s feet. However, Botox also has a range of other benefits and uses, which we will come back to later in this article.
How does Botox work?
Botox is administered using a needle, but the majority of people only suffer mild discomfort and need no numbing, though this is an option if you choose. For this you can use topical anaesthesia, ice or vibration anaesthesia which uses massage to help decrease discomfort.
During the procedure, your experienced clinician will use a thin needle to inject the Botox into the specific area that you want to be treated, be it the forehead, cheek, neck or jaw. There are varying factors that affect the number of injections used, the size of the area being treated being the most obvious alongside the severity of the area being treated.
One of the greatest benefits of Botox is that it is non-invasive and our patients can go back to their normal lives almost instantly, though it’s important to note that the area should not be rubbed or massaged, as this can cause the toxins to migrate to other areas of the body.
Botox injections generally begin to work after a few days of administration, though this can depend of the size and severity of the area being covered.
How long does Botox last?
Botulinum Toxin injections are not permanent. As the treatment works to actively relax the nerves and muscles in your face, this treatment wears out over time and the muscles will begin to work as normal once again. In most cases, Botox lasts for 3-4 months before you will notice your muscles loosening.
If you are wondering whether Botox treatment will make you look older or more worn out after it wears out, then fear not! Your skin will look the same, if not better, than before any work was carried out. Find out other FAQs on anti-wrinkle treatment on our site.
How much is Botox?
Like most cosmetic procedures, the cost of Botox depends on the amount of work that is being carried out. When it comes to Botox, this is usually determined by the size of the area and the number of injections needed to produce the desired results for the patient.
In general, UK patients can expect to pay anywhere from £100 – £350 for Botox treatment.
At The Berkeley Clinic, we offer fantastic rates for quality Botox treatment in Glasgow. Give us a call on 0141 564 1900 to find out more.
Alternative uses for Botox
In recent years, the uses of Botox have increased and it’s now commonly used to treat a variety of conditions and not just wrinkles or frown lines.
Some of the most common alternative uses of Botox include:
- Cervical Dystonia – This condition is extremely painful as the muscles in the sufferer’s neck contract involuntarily causing your head to be twisted into an unnatural position.
- Lazy eyes and twitches can be treated with Botox as the cause of the laziness is a weakening of the muscles that keep the eye in position.
- Neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy can cause your muscles to contract; Botox injections have been used in order to help these muscles relax.
- Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excess sweating. Botox is now commonly used to treat this inconvenient ailment.
- Chronic migraines are now being treated with Botox injections to help reduce their severity and frequency.
- Botox can be used to help balance an overactive bladder and has been successful in reducing urinary incontinence.
If you would like to find out more about the alternative uses of Botox or book an initial consultation with our cosmetics team, please get in touch with our clinic today.
Is Botox safe?
Yes! Botox is a very safe treatment that has been around for many years. It has been approved by the FDA and is recognised as safe by the MHRA in the UK.
Patients can expect some minor discomfort, pain, swelling and bruising in the days after the procedure but this should die down quickly. In some rare cases, a patient could experience a ‘droopy eyelid’ however this can quickly be correct or will fade in time.
Botox has become increasingly popular in the UK and it is now estimated that over a million Botox procedures are performed each year. With that being said, it is still imperative that you choose a well-established healthcare professional to carry out your Botox treatment.
As Botox, lip fillers and other cosmetic procedures become more common-place, you will find more amateurs and non-professionals advertising their services. To reduce the risk of complications it is important that anti-wrinkle injectables are administered by highly qualified practitioners in a safe and medical environment. That way you will ensure the highest levels of safety quality and liability.
Here at The Berkeley Clinic, we are committed to offering the highest quality treatment when it comes to Botox and other facial aesthetics. Each expert practitioner we employ assures that you will be in safe hands and provides you with a relaxing environment in an approved medical space.
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