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Introduction To Wrinkle Injections

Botox is a quick, safe and non-invasive injectable treatment which smooths wrinkles, rebalances facial features, lifts sagging and creates a younger, more refreshed look.

At PHI Clinic, we are proud to provide the best Botox® treatment in London. We offer safe and effective botulinum toxin anti-wrinkle injections performed by our highly-experienced medical practitioners.

Botox is the original and most extensively studied anti-wrinkle injection on the market, trusted by millions to give them a more youthful and energised appearance. Botox works by temporarily reducing activity in the muscles responsible for facial lines like frown lines, forehead furrows and crow’s feet. Expression lines are smoothed, creating a younger, rejuvenated look with natural results.

We use our expertise to analyse each patient’s unique facial features and create a custom plan, targeted to individual concerns.

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We specialise in Botox anti-wrinkle injections for: - Botox for Glabella forehead crows feet bunny lines brow and jawline Harley Street London 690x960

We specialise in Botox anti-wrinkle injections for:

Frown lines, reducing the appearance of static grooves between the brows.

Forehead lines, relaxing the muscles responsible for horizontal lines.

Crow’s feet, softening the look of fine lines around the corners of the eyes.

Bunny lines, treating the small lines that form either side of the bridge of the nose.

Non-surgical brow lift, using Botox to relax the frown muscles and lift the weight that
pushes the brow downward.

Jawline/ Masseter reshaping, using Botox to slim a square jawline caused by an overactive masseter muscle.

Hyperhidrosis treatment, using Botox to reduce sweating in areas like the armpits to prevent excessive sweating.

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Safe and effective treatment

Your safety is our priority at PHI Clinic. To ensure maximum standards of patient care, Botox injections are only ever carried out by our experienced, highly qualified doctors and nurses. All our patients have a thorough consultation before having Botox, and treatment is always carried out on a separate day. We believe it is essential for patients to be able to think before deciding whether to go ahead with their bespoke Botox treatment plan

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Massetar Botox for a wide jawline Botox London

A wide, square jaw in women can be seen as a masculine or unattractive trait. Some women are born with a large jaw bone, others develop a square jaw over time by over-developing their masseter (chewing) muscle through habits such as teeth grinding or excessive chewing gum. When a wide jaw is caused by an oversized masseter, we can use Botox to relax this muscle and create a softer, less square look to the jaw.

Botox for crow’s feet
Crow’s feet, also known as smile lines, are wrinkles that form around the corners of the eyes. They are one of the first signs of ageing, but factors such as sun damage and smoking play a large part too. Crow’s feet begin to form when collagen levels decline with age. Skin is less able to ‘bounce back’ as it moves, and repeated expressions like laughing and squinting eventually turn into permanent fine lines and wrinkles. Targeted Botox injections can be extremely effective for this area. They relax the muscles that cause crow’s feet, allowing these lines to smooth out.

Botox for a gummy smile
A gummy smile is often caused by overactive elevator muscles in the upper lip which pull the lip up in an extreme fashion when a person is smiling or speaking. This can make the sufferer feel self-conscious, but fortunately it is an issue that can be effectively addressed with Botox. Targeted injections by our specialists at PHI Clinic can temporarily relax the muscles that cause the lip to lift up to an exaggerated degree, reducing the appearance of a gummy smile. Results are typically seen within 3-5 days and last for 3-4 months.

Botox for teeth grinding
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is unconscious clenching of the teeth. This may occur during both waking and sleeping hours, and can cause physical pain such as jaw soreness and headaches. It is also a source of dental problems including tooth sensitivity, chipped teeth and worn enamel. At PHI Clinic we treat this condition by using Botox to relax the specific muscles responsible for teeth grinding. This provides relief from the constant teeth grinding, and also softens the look of a jaw widened by persistent clenching. Treatment takes around 20 minutes, and results last 3-4 months.

Botox for frown lines
Correcting frown lines was the original use of Botox and remains one of its most popular applications today. Frown lines, also called glabella lines, are the vertical furrows between the eyebrows, typically shaped like the number 11. These expression lines turn into permanent static lines when the skin loses its ability to spring back after frowning, leaving people with an angry or worried look. Skin loses its natural elasticity with age, as collagen and elastin break down, but sun damage, smoking, poor diet and a highly expressive face all contribute to the formation of frown lines. Careful placement of Botox is able to relax the muscles used for frowning, smoothing out the furrows and creating a happier, more relaxed looking expression.

Botox for forehead lines
Botox is perhaps best known for treating lines on the forehead. It is extremely effective on horizontal furrows across the forehead, which are formed by repeated raising of the eyebrows. Age, genetics, a highly expressive face, sun damage and smoking all affect how soon these lines develop, and how deep they become. Botox works by relaxing the frontalis muscle responsible for forehead wrinkles, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Who will perform my Botox treatment?
Dr Tapan Patel leads a team of highly-qualified doctors and nurses at PHI Clinic. They are all specialists in the art of reducing lines and wrinkles with Botox while preserving a natural look. All patients have a consultation ahead of having Botox to ensure they receive a safe, high-quality treatment with us. Before your treatment, your practitioner will take your medical history, discuss your skin concerns and goals, and create a bespoke Botox plan for you, outlining your anticipated results. Our clinic team will also take photographs before and after your treatment to enable us to monitor your Botox results and ensure we have achieved the optimum results for you.

When will I see results and how long will they last?
Botox works by temporarily blocking certain chemical signals that enable muscles to contract. Botox injections are most commonly used to relax the muscles responsible for frown lines and smile lines, causing these expression lines to smooth out. Results are usually seen after 5-7 days. At PHI Clinic, our goal is always to preserve sufficient facial movement for a natural look while relaxing the muscles enough to create a visibly smoother appearance. For this reason, we would always prefer to put in too little Botox initially than too much. If our patients wish to return for a follow-up appointment, we are happy to add a little bit more if required. As the effects of Botox are temporary, patients usually have a top-up treatment every 3-4 months to maintain their results.

Does Botox hurt?
The procedure itself should be virtually painless, thanks to the skill and experience of all PHI Clinic practitioners. We use ultra-fine needles at PHI for maximum comfort, and the treatment is completed quickly. We describe the sensation of being injected with Botox as a slight scratch, lasting just a fraction of a second. It is extremely well tolerated by patients, and no local anaesthetic is required. There is no downtime after Botox treatment.

Is there any reason I couldn’t have Botox?
If you have a medical condition that can affect safety, such as damaged nerves or muscle issues, it is important for you to disclose this information during your consultation to avoid any complications. PHI Clinic does not offer Botox treatment to patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that Botox is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals would not treat patients in these circumstances. Beyond these circumstances, there are no medical reasons for exclusion. The most important thing is to see a qualified practitioner, and be properly assessed for suitability.

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Technical Information

Your safety is our priority at PHI Clinic. To ensure maximum standards of patient care, Botox injections are only ever carried out by our experienced, highly qualified doctors and nurses. All our patients have a thorough consultation before having Botox, and treatment is always carried out on a separate day. We believe it is essential for patients to be able to think before deciding whether to go ahead with their bespoke Botox treatment plan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Even when treated by highly qualified practitioners, Botox results are temporary, and treatment is ongoing. Patients usually have an 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.

Botox 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. Botox 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.

Dr Tapan Patel brings a team of highly qualified doctors and nurses. They are masters of creating a subtle, natural look by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox is a natural, purified form of the botulinum toxin, injected in a microscopic dose that is not poisonous. It temporarily relaxes the expressive facial muscles which cause fine lines and wrinkles.

This particular brand of botulinum toxin was first cleared for use by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, making it the world’s first injectable approved to target wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is an established brand name and can also treat conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

After treatment, you are advised to avoid touching or massaging the injected area for at least six hours. You are also advised to avoid anything that causes excessive blood flow to the face, such as bending over for long periods of time, engaging in strenuous exercise for four hours afterwards, or going to steam baths or saunas.

This ensures best results and avoids any small potential risk of the product migrating from the treated area. After six hours, you can clean the area, but we advise against applying any makeup until 24 hours after treatment to avoid potentially irritating the injection site.

While there is no real downtime or side effects associated with Botox anti wrinkle injections, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle.

You may also be able to see small pin-prick marks at the injection site. This can easily be masked by make-up after 24 hours. Patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.

Botox is increasingly popular with male clients at PHI Clinic. All our treatments are tailored to the aims of the individual, rather than to their gender. Many male patients want to preserve more facial movement, so we offer a very light treatment, using less product, to give the exact result they are looking for.

Alcohol does increase blood flow to the face, so patients are advised to avoid drinking after treatment. However, a small glass of wine in the evening after having Botox is unlikely to cause issues.

Following any treatment which involves injections into the face, we would always recommend not touching the area for at least 6 hours, though preferably waiting until the next day. It’s okay to clean the area, but we advise against the application of any makeup until 24 hours after treatment, at which point it is perfectly reasonable to use light makeup.

“Many patients will ask me questions about whether they are too young or too old to have Botox. I don’t think there is any right age, we have to remember that people will display the signs of their expression at different ages. Sometimes I will see women in their 40s and 50s with very few expression lines, and conversely, I might see a 21 year old patient with very deep expression lines. I am always looking at the patient and their concerns, not their chronological age.” – Dr Tapan Patel

“One of the biggest concerns patients come into the clinic with is whether they will be left with a shiny or fake-looking forehead. With Botox, it’s important to remember that the results are dose-related. If we put too much product in, expression will be blunted, and the skin may develop a smooth, shiny appearance. The vast majority of patients want a very natural result, so we put in less product. This way, we retain some expression, and avoiding that shiny appearance.” – Dr Tapan Patel

“We often get asked if there is anyone who isn’t suitable for wrinkle injections. Firstly, we would never treat somebody who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Other than that, as long as the person is seeing a qualified practitioner who can assess them and ensure they are a good candidate, I wouldn’t see there being any other exclusions.”
– Dr Tapan Patel

“Along with using botulinum toxin for expression lines and excessive sweating, another very important application is to create jaw contouring. There is a number of people who notice they have excessive squaring of the jaw. This is usually due to an overactive muscle, called the masseter. In some people, it can give a square shape to the face, and we can use the botulinum toxin with patients to create a nicer contour to the jaw.”
– Dr Tapan Patel

Botox injections are FDA approved and bear the CE mark that indicates it conforms to European standards for health and safety. Initially, Botox was approved for use on glabella lines, or frown lines, and later to treat crow’s feet, as well as having many more off-label uses. Hayley Goldbach, resident physician of dermatology at UCLA says “Any medication has risks, but the safety record for Botox is actually very robust. And consider that there have been tens of millions of patients treated with Botox.” Botox tends to remain active in the area it is injected, with very few cases of migration, acting only on muscles and sweat glands. At PHI Clinic, we also use Botox to address hyperhidrosis and a wide jaw caused by masseter hyperactivity. Anti wrinkle injections are only ever carried out by our experienced doctors or injectable nurses.

No, Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, and is listed by the FDA as non-interchangeable. This means that no other product can call itself Botox or claim the same efficacy. There are other brands of botulinum toxin type A, but we exclusively use branded Botox, manufactured by Allergan.

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