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Introduction to Botox® at PHI Clinic
Anti wrinkle injections are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Botulinum toxin has been used in hospitals around the UK since 1977 and within the cosmetic industry for over 20 years. It is used in 70 countries and is used on over 4 million patients in the USA alone, every year.
Our highly experienced practitioners at PHI use Botox® anti wrinkle injections: the original product on the market with a large emphasis on safety. It is the result of years’ worth of studies and has been used extensively in medicine.
What is Botox®
This particular brand of botulinum toxin was first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, making it the first approved form of wrinkle injection, in the world to target wrinkles and fine lines.
What are muscle relaxing injections?
Botox injections are a natural, purified protein used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. This injectable treatment is an established brand name and can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
When considering a practitioner for botox london, many of our patients take great advantage of our central location that is easily accessible via car, bus & tube with Regent’s Park tube station just around the corner.
How many sessions will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
Even when treated by highly qualified practitioners, results are temporary, treatment is on going. Patients usually have injectable treatment every 3-4 months. Prior to treatment to ensure your safety, a medical history will be taken and a mandatory consultation provided.
The procedure itself should be virtually painless and choosing a highly qualified and experienced practitioner is an important factor in this process.
Am I a suitable candidate for Botox injections?
Anti wrinkle injections can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Those who have medical conditions that can affect safety, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications.
Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
Who will perform the treatment?
Dr Tapan Patel brings a team of highly qualified practitioners who teach delegates their expert techniques on an international level. They are masters of creating a subtle, natural look by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Choosing the right practitioner
Botox injections and dermal fillers are unregulated in the UK. While there is an independent body who act as a watchdog over those administering treatment, there are still many injectors out there who are sub-standard and who use cheap products that have been tampered with or are not safe.
Choosing the right practitioner is crucial. You may find luring deals that offer wrinkle injections at £100 or less, but we would urge those seeking treatment not to fall into this trap. It is usually an untrained practitioner who is performing these treatments, or they are not using the products which they advertise.
Botox is a branded form of botulinum toxin. Many mistake the brand as a general term for the treatment, which is simply not the case. For this very same reason, many practitioners falsely claim that they use the branded product.
Not only do you need to feel comfortable with your practitioner on a personal level, you also need to make sure that you feel confident in their abilities, skills and knowledge. We always advise prospective patients to do their research and form educated decisions.
Things to ask over the phone:
- What products are used?
- Is the practitioner medically trained?
- Where will I be treated?
- How many procedures/how much experience has the practitioner had?
What areas can be treated?
Wrinkles and fine lines can be identified in two ways: expressive or static. Expressive lines are, as the term suggests, those which are evident when expressing emotion. Static lines are those which remain evident even when the face is relaxed
The main areas that are affected by expressive and static lines and may benefit from an anti wrinkle injection are as follows:
Glabella – Frown lines
The Glabella is the area between your brows. Over time, some may find that there is a deep line that becomes quite prominent. The use of botulinum toxin can not only relax the muscle to stop you overworking that area, it can also reduce the appearance of that static groove.
Forehead – horizontal line
Likewise, the forehead is an area that we tend to get both expressive and static lines. The use of botulinum toxin relaxes the area to stop over-expression.
Crows’ Feet – Corner of the eye
This is a concern many of our patients have. Many believe the eye (and lip) area to be the most obvious sites for ageing. Not all products can be used in this area, and it is always important to check that the injector administering treatment is highly-skilled when injecting around the eyes.
Bunny Lines – Top of the nose
Bunny lines are mostly evident when smiling. They form on the bridge of the nose, near the tear duct of the eye. If in doubt, picture a bunny scrunching up its nose. While it might not be an obvious area to treat, it can be a bugbear for those who do not like the way their smile appears in photos and so on.
Brow – Lifting of the brow area
Surgery is usually the last resort for patients. They wish to get great results all the same, but would rather not go under the knife, and that is completely understandable. So how do you get a brow lift without the scalpel? Botulinum toxin can be used as a non-surgical alternative by introducing the solution to key points, relaxing the muscles we use to frown, lifting the weight that we naturally want to push down.
Jawline – Non-surgical reshaping
If your masseter muscle is particularly robust, it can make your jawline rather square. If you desire a slimmer, heart-shaped jaw, botulinum toxin can be used to streamline the area. This is particularly favourable among women.
Is there any downtime?
While there is no real downtime or side effects associated with Anti wrinkle injections, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. Some mild discomfort may be felt during treatment, but we use ultra-fine needles at PHI, and the treatment is complete relatively quickly.
There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
For best results, avoid massaging the area that has been treated and avoid exercising the area 2-4 hours after treatment. This will ensure that the product works to the best of its advantage, for the individual.
It is important to disclose any medical history – whether you suffer from illness or disease directly, or a family member does – during consultation.
Shola Ama - Singer/Songwriter
“This guy has the most amazing skin ever. I told him I want skin like his. He is going to sort me out lol.
Treatment was great, I didnt feel a thing and hes now going to sort out my pigmentation. Hands down, the most gentle needle bearer ever! I have already brought my boyfriend’s mum to see Dr Tapan. She loved him too.”
Can botulinum toxin injections reduce underarm sweating?
Botulinum toxin type A is a widely used treatment for excessive sweating in the underarm region, with good efficacy and minimal or no side effects. botox injections block the action of nerves supplying the sweat glands which then prevents the glands from producing sweat. Results last for six to eight months as new nerve endings grow to replace them, but the treatment can be repeated after that time. Another product available at PHI Clinic is miraDry. miraDry provides a lasting solution to underarm sweat in 2 treatments, meaning no repeat visits.
How do I avoid a frozen face from botox injections?
‘Less is more’ is the mantra of the modern day injectable cosmetic practitioner. It is not fashionable, nor desirable for most people, to want or have a ‘frozen’ face. If you are treated by a cosmetic practitioner who follows the above rule, then you should not end up with this look.
What less invasive treatments would you recommend which would refresh my skin?
Your skin condition is likely to be a result of extrinsic ageing, in other words ageing due to external environmental factors such as sun damage and lifestyle. Fortunately extrinsic ageing is largely avoidable and any consequential damage is usually substantially reversible.
Any remedial program should involve prevention as well as treatments. Prevention should include a good diet that supplies the body with all the essential antioxidants and nutrients as well as maintain an even blood sugar level. Prevention should also include adequate sleep and exercise and a healthy lifestyle that avoids binge eating and drinking as well as smoking.
The best treatments for tired looking skin and large pores are regenerative peels and microdermabrasion. They will bring about the renewal of the epidermis which is the outer layer of your skin. You will need a course of treatments as they bring about a gradual change, but they have the advantage of being quick to perform and require almost no recovery time.
The treatments should be in conjunction with good skincare and I would recommend a synthetic wash in conjunction with hyaluronic acid serum and a moisturiser rich in anti-oxidants. During the day a good full spectrum sunscreen should be applied. All products should have a pH of 6 or less.