We specialise in using advanced techniques in the hands of experienced senior doctors to relax specific facial muscles with botulinum toxin and thereby reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles to achieve a very natural look.
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As medical experts in Botox, we can provide an array of treatments to help enhance your beauty. We pride ourselves on delivering this popular aesthetic treatment using the best Botulinum Toxin products in London to target specific treatment areas and provide anti-wrinkle injection treatment. From free consultations to the initial treatment and even after your procedure has been completed, we’ll be there for you throughout your cosmetic treatments. Our senior doctors carry out all work and will ensure the treatment provided is natural and symmetrical. Botox is a relatively pain-free, anti-wrinkle injection treatment with very few side effects.
We deliver cutting edge and innovative Botox treatments that are carried out in our modern Botox London clinic. Having carried out many anti-wrinkle injectables, including dermal filler treatments as well as Botox for many clients across London over the years, we have developed a well-known and highly respected reputation for the service we provide. Contact us today to discuss your Botulinum Toxin treatment needs. If you are interested in Botox check out our recent blog. “What Age Should You Start Getting Botox”
What is Botox?
Botox or Botulinum Toxin type A, is used for a number of purposes: relaxing facial muscles to treat and prevent wrinkles and fine lines, reducing excessive sweating and treating painful muscle spasm. We offer all these treatments and more, including the new indications for Botox such as treatments for migraine, jawline slimming, teeth grinding, pain with high heels, calf muscle slimming, gummy smile and the lip flip.
A combination of factors can cause facial lines and wrinkles. It’s not just about the cellular changes that may occur, or reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually forming lines and wrinkles.
Botox treatments differ to dermal fillers, which typically contain hyaluronic acid gel, which ‘fills’ a space. Both can provide anti wrinkle treatments to different areas of the face. For example, Botox is great for the upper face, while dermal fillers are great for the smile lines. Baby Botox is a popular treatment with some younger people where lower doses of Botox are used in order to soften the lines while still preserving full facial expressions.
How does Botox work?
Botox works beneath the surface and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, smokers lines, and forehead lines and wrinkles in adults – to help them look visibly smoother.
Cosmetic Botox is used for the temporary smoothing of “frown lines”, which are the lines between your eyebrows that can make you look tired, unhappy or angry. It is FDA-approved for this use specifically. However, it is often used off-label for horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth and smokers lines around the lips. If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from your first Botox treatment check out our new blog.
A popular cosmetic treatment, Botox can also be used as a Botox brow lift, which provides a non surgical eyebrow lift, and in conjunction with hyaluronic acid such as cosmetic lip fillers. Botox treatments can benefit both female and male patients, whether its for cosmetic treatments to relax certain facial muscles to provide effective anti wrinkle treatments or non-cosmetic indications.
Is Botox a Painful Procedure?
While the majority of people find regular Botox treatments relatively painless, some individuals do experience brief discomfort, similar to a bee sting. It all depends on your individual pain threshold but numbing cream can be applied prior to the treatment to ease any discomfort. Immediately after the treatment, you may notice some redness or bumps around the injection point that is simply mild irritation from the Botulinum Toxin contained within the Botox injection, but these will settle within minutes. The procedure will not stop you from going about your normal activities, although you should avoid vigorous exercise, sauna/steam rooms, alcohol, spicy foods and air travel for 24 hours afterwards.
Botox and Filler
The line between Botox vs dermal fillers can sometimes seem a bit blurred, so if you’re just starting to look into injectables, it might feel confusing working out which is best for you. If you still want to know more why not check out our blog here.
Don’t confuse Botox Cosmetic with injectable fillers. Dermal fillers work differently, plumping up tissues so that lines and wrinkles diminish or disappear (Teoxane, Restylane and Juvederm are examples). Dr Humble will help you to decide which product(s) will solve your particular appearance issues, though as a general rule, Botox is used mostly in the upper portion of the face, targeting problems such as frown lines, forehead lines and wrinkles, and fillers are used mostly in other areas.
What Can Botox be Used for?
Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.
Beyond aesthetic applications, Botox is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including eye squints, migraine, excessive sweating, and bladder dysfunctions. Botulinum toxin is currently used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, with more applications under investigation.
Botulinum toxin is currently approved for the following therapeutic applications:
- Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
- Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms)
- Chronic migraine
- Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Post-stroke upper limb spasticity
- Detrusor (bladder wall muscle) overactivity – causing urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Hemifacial spasm
- Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
- Canthal lines (crow’s feet)
Botox can also be used for a number of other reasons including feet and migraines.
Botox for feet – to reduce pain while wearing high heels, Botox is injected directly into the foot. The treatment is combined with hyaluronic acid filler in order to achieve the Hedox Stiletto Lift effect.
Botox for migraines – One method of treating chronic migraines is with botulinum toxin therapies, which have been shown to be successful in clinical trials. The use of additional drugs and a change in lifestyle may be advised.
What are the Side Effects of Botox?
Although the majority of patients experience no side effects, some individuals may find that they experience some, such as slight swelling or minor bruising. Our Botox injections in London are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In some very rare cases, individuals may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug. Around 1% of people receiving injections of botulinum toxin type A develop antibodies to the toxin that make subsequent treatments ineffective.
Along with the intended effects, botox injections may rarely cause some unwanted effects including:
- Mild pain, local oedema (fluid buildup) and/or erythema (reddening of the skin) at the injection site
- Malaise – feeling generally unwell
- Mild nausea
- Temporary unwanted weakness/paralysis of nearby muscles
- Temporary upper lid or brow ptosis (drooping)
- Weakness of the lower eyelid or lateral rectus (a muscle controlling eye movement)
- Dysphagia – trouble swallowing
- Neck weakness
- Flu-like illness
- Brachial plexopathy – a condition affecting the nerves either side of the neck and chest
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Diplopia (double vision)
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Should I get anti-ageing injections?
The first question many people ask when considering whether or not to have anti-ageing injections, is whether it is a safe procedure. The answer to this is yes, it is a particularly safe treatment to have.
Would it be the right treatment for you and effective? You can only know this following a full aesthetic assessment with a competent, trained doctor or fully qualified practitioner and they would be able to assess you and decide if it would be a good treatment for you.
It is a particularly effective treatment for someone who has lines across the forehead horizontally, surprise lines or the frown lines and/or particularly bad crow’s feet. However it is not ideal if the wrinkles are obvious and deep all the time, even when you completely relax your face. If that’s the case, it may potentially be too late for anti-ageing injections to be fully effective.
If you’ve got prominent lines when you move your face, but they tend to go away when you relax your face that’s the ideal time to have anti-ageing injections. Often, people think it is best to wait until later in life until the lines are more obvious, but actually, anti-ageing injections are very effective at preventing lines from appearing and getting worse, so they are an excellent preventative treatment.
Where are anti-ageing injections most effective?
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Should I get Botox? The definitive guide for treating facial lines and wrinkles.
Botox London Frequently Asked Questions
Botox, more specifically Botulinum toxin, is a medical and cosmetic agent administered by qualified practitioners as a purified neurotoxin that temporarily paralyses muscles in the face. Over time the relaxed muscles allow the overlying lines or wrinkles to smoothen and become less noticeable. The term ‘Botox’ has stuck in the public’s consciousness as this was the original branded name of the first commercially used injectable toxin. In the cosmetic industry, the muscles responsible for creating classic dynamic frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines and forehead wrinkles are the target. Botulinum toxin is produced in specialised manufacturing laboratories to very high standards and has an excellent safety profile when used by experienced and qualified medical professionals. Dr Humble always recommends going to a reputable medical clinic when having any injectable treatment such as Botulinum toxin or dermal filler injections.
A modern twist on the well-established practice of administering Botox to the facial muscles. The same type of Botulinum toxin is used but significantly less units are injected into each target area. Simply put, the desire to maintain a more natural look has led to the creation of ‘Baby Botox’ as an antidote to the overzealous practices of the past resulting in expressionless and ‘frozen faces’. The targeted muscles retain some animation to allow movement and expression of the face. This is the perfect treatment for clients looking for a refreshed look and particularly new clients seeking rejuvenation without looking starkly different to their prior look.
Botox injections have a wide variety of uses, most notably as an antidote to facial wrinkles. Listed below are other conditions also helped:
- Chronic migraine headaches
- Chronic muscle spasms
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)
At Hedox Clinic, we specialise in treating facial wrinkles and migraines.
There are many reasons to consider having Botox injections. Most commonly this is to look younger and have a refreshed look or it can be linked with pressures from (social) media, and society in general to age gracefully betwixt with the expectation to maintain a youthful glow. Botox is a safe and effective treatment but it is not necessarily the answer for everyone. Pregnancy and breastfeeding currently have no reports of any contraindications for use but no ethical study can ever be made to attest to this. Botox treatment is suitable for all genders and is increasingly popular with men looking to soften lines and wrinkles without any noticeable evidence of treatment.
Immune disorders, psychological reasons, skin sensitivity, alcoholism, bleeding disorders and poorly controlled diabetes patients are recommended to avoid botulinum toxin treatment. However, practitioners can discuss individual cases with the client’s general practitioner to discuss suitability. Finally, clients with unrealistic expectations e.g. those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are unlikely to be satisfied with any outcome achieved and as such are not considered suitable candidates for Botox treatment. Please see Chapter 7 of Dr Humble’s book for further information – Should I get Botox?
It is not uncommon to see clients who have waited until their wrinkles have deepened to a more permanent state. It is best to avoid getting to that stage but not impossible to improve. If you have minimal wrinkles at the present time this is the ideal opportunity to rectify these to ‘stop the clock’ on further ageing and deepening of wrinkling skin. Unfortunately, botulinum toxin cannot undo the worst of sun damage and taking appropriate measures to protect our skin from harmful UV rays; high SPF, wide-brimmed hats, staying out the midday sun and following a healthy Mediterranean style diet with moderate alcohol use are all great tips for maintaining a healthy plump face.
Book in for an appointment at the Hedox Clinic to discuss your options with your consultant and they will assess your suitability and make recommendations as per your personal circumstances.
Every individual is different with genetics and lifestyle/environmental factors playing a role in accelerated ageing of the skin. Again, booking in with our consultants is the best option for discussing suitability and making recommendations. Some clients begin their botulinum toxin journey in their late 20’s and require perhaps two sittings per year to maintain their youthful appearance and keep worry lines at bay.
It is recommended to avoid both exercise and consuming alcohol for 24 hours post-treatment. This is primarily to improve and optimise your healing capacity and decrease the likelihood of bruising and swelling to the injection sites. Alcohol is a vasodilator and increases blood flow to the face. With regards to consuming alcohol aboard aircraft, the effects can be more dramatic and have a more sustained and impactful recovery. Although very uncommon, botulinum toxin can have a dizzying effect and may cause drowsiness which is best avoided with alcohol use.
Similarly, exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 3 hours post-treatment but ideally for 24 hours due to the increased blood flow to the area. Increased cardiovascular output can have a negative outcome for your treatment area, causing your botulinum toxin to diffuse away from the treatment site and may have other undesired outcomes e.g. temporary paralysing of adjacent facial muscles.
Your consultant with discuss and provide you with aftercare information regarding this matter.
It really is the million-dollar question! Dr Humble has helpfully published a clear and concise book on the matter available here. He discusses the history of botulinum toxin, the risks and benefits and covers the journey from consideration to consultation to completion. Our helpful team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Book in for your consultation with Dr Humble to discuss your individual needs. You will see results quickly and once the treatment wears off after 3-4 months you will return to your pre-treatment condition. If you would like to get rid of unsightly lines on the forehead, brow or around the eyes then this could be a great and very safe option for you.
The question of cost comes down to the number of areas to be treated e.g., 1. Brow. 2. Forehead lines. 3. Crow’s feet. 4. Bunny lines, and the skill and expertise of your practitioner. Number of areas can be discussed over the phone with our helpful team and during consultation.
Our current great value prices at Hedox Clinic are as follows:
- 1 area = £250.00
- 2 areas = £300.00
- 3 areas = £350.00
- Neck platysma Botox injections = £350.00
- ‘Baby Botox’ = From £250.00 (subject to assessment/requirements)
- Dramatic smoothing of facial lines
- Long-lasting results
- Natural looking rejuvenation
- Prevention of further deepening of problem wrinkles
- Drooping eyelid (very rare)
- Infection (rare)
- Visual impairment (extremely rare)
Due to the nature of the treatment on the tiny nerve endings in the targeted muscles the effects (particularly in the first instance) can take up to one week to appear. However, if injected at regular intervals the weakening of the muscles means the results appear more quickly and last longer. There may be some residual redness or very minor bruising which will dissipate quickly.
As with all aesthetic treatments, this is based on the individual but, in general terms, Botox can last 3-4 months in the first instance but with regular use it is very common to last up to six months.
Your Trusted Botox London Clinic
At Hedox Clinic all of our Botox treatments and injections are performed by our medical experts, Dr Humble and Dr Basi, who have both worked as doctors for more than 20 years and are well-regarded on Harley Street over the last decade.
At our Harley Street London clinic and our Twickenham branch, we only use premium award winning products to deliver our expert injections and aesthetic treatments. When you choose Hedox Clinic you can expect:
- FREE consultation with our doctors prior to the botox treatment
- Treatments administered by a fully qualified senior doctor in aesthetic medicine
- We specialise in delivering natural, symmetrical and youthful results
- Treatments performed at hygienic and safe clinical locations throughout London
- Dedicated and friendly support team to answer your queries and take bookings
Our team will ensure that you are providing professional and quality service with our Botox treatments, including being given information relating to aftercare for our Botox injections.