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Botox & Anti-Wrinkle treatment in Brighton & Hove

aka. botulinum toxin type-A (Bocouture®, Botox®, Azzalure®)

Botulinum toxin type-A is a landmark in medicinal history, joining compounds like digitalis and atropine which have flipped the narrative from deadly to therapeutic. It has had a storied past, with its origins dating back to the dangers of botulism from improperly stored food, as chronicled by the German physician Kerner in the 1800s. ​ World War II catalyzed further research into botulinum toxins, leading to refined purification methods and a comprehensive understanding of its neurological actions. These advancements laid the groundwork for its clinical use, with ophthalmologist Alan Scott positing its benefits for treating strabismus in the 1970s. ​ With time, botulinum toxin A's scope broadened to encompass an array of medical conditions, including dystonia, sialorrhea, bladder disorders, spasticity, migraine pain, leading to regulatory approval for cosmetic applications such as reducing severe frown lines. The toxins, varying by bacterial strain, define the properties of each clinical preparation, guided by stringent, pharmaceutical-grade purification and production processes.

The intent provided on this website is strictly informative and serves to address the most frequent queries encountered concerning "Botox injections"

I want to clarify that the purpose is not to promote or persuade individuals towards choosing this treatment but to educate on its aspects as part of my commitment to transparency.

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What is Botox ? 

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s widely known for its cosmetic use to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, but it has a range of medical applications, including treating migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and muscle spasticity.

How Botox work ? 

In simple terms, Botox works by blocking the signals from your nerves to your muscles. The injected muscle can't contract, As a consequence, this inactivity leads to the relaxation or paralysis of the targeted muscles. This effect makes BoNT-A an effective solution for managing certain muscular conditions as well as reducing wrinkles, therefore offering a smoother and more youthful appearance. ​ The method by which Botox works is remarkably consistent across all brands of botulinum toxin that contain it, ensuring reliability in its effectiveness for both cosmetic and medical applications.

Why Botox is not working ? 

One of the most common reasons for Botox not being as effective is the dosage. It’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment; the number of units needed can vary widely depending on the area treated, muscle strength, and your desired outcome. A part of dosage; placement precision, Your indyvidual response, and possible resistance will also play important role.

Why Botox is dangerous ? 

The takeaway here isn't that Botox is inherently dangerous; rather, the danger lies in poor practice. In the right hands, it can be a safe and effective treatment. - do your reseach, undertake consultation, discuss side effects, ensure you have got follow-up care.

Who can Administer Botox ? 

It's an interesting fact that not only healthcare professionals are allowed to administer Botox injections. On one hand, this accessibility means that getting Botox treatments can be as easy as visiting your local beauty clinic. On the other, it begs the question: Should you receive medical treatments from someone who isn't a healthcare professional? The thought of getting my Botox done by someone with less medical training than my local butcher (no offense to butchers) raises some serious red flags for me.

Who should not use Botox ? 

While Botox is widely used and safe for most people, it's not suitable for everyone. Here are a few considerations: * Pregnant or Breastfeeding: There's not enough research to confirm Botox is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, so it's best avoided. * Certain Neurological Diseases: Those with conditions like ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome should avoid Botox due to an increased risk of severe side effects. * Allergies: If you're allergic to any ingredients in Botox or have had allergic reactions to other botulinum toxin products, you should steer clear. * Infection at the Injection Site: If there's an active skin infection where the Botox would be injected, it's best to wait until it clears up. * Medication Interactions: Certain medications can increase the risk of side effects from Botox. Always discuss your current medications with your provider.

Which Botox is the best?

Think of Botox brands like cars. Yes, cars! While they all essentially serve the same purpose — getting you from point A to point B (or in this case, smoothing out those wrinkles) - each brand and model (or toxin type) comes with its own set of features, performance metrics, and aesthetic results. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to the best type of Botox. It's about finding the right "vehicle" that suits your needs, preferences, and the specific results you're looking to achieve.

Which Botox last the longest ?

I've been deeply immersed in a topic that seems to be on a lot of our minds lately - the longevity of Botox results. Through the grueling process of writing my dissertation I've found that the longevity of Botox results isn't so much about the brand but more about the quantity of the product used.

Where Botox can be injected ?

This property of Botox, to relax overactive muscles, means it can be virtually injected anywhere such muscle activity is causing issues or concerns. While most are familiar with its use in the forehead, crow's feet, and between the brows, Botox's versatility extends much further: bunny lines, lip flip, gummy smile, chin dimpling, neck bands, jawline slimming, underarms, head ((chronic migraines), eye brow lift + medical applications.

How Botox helps migraines ?

For those of us who've gone through the wringer with migraines, finding a treatment that actually reduces the frequency can be life-changing. While it's not a cure-all, it's another tool in the arsenal against chronic migraines. Botox, or Botulinum toxin, works by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves, primarily those signals that cause muscle contraction. The theory for migraine relief is that Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain, effectively stopping the headache before it starts.

When Botox goes wrong ?

A lot of the horror stories we hear stem from two main issues: improper administration and unrealistic expectations. * Improper Administration: Not all practitioners have the same level of expertise. An inexperienced or unqualified provider might inject the wrong muscles, use incorrect dosages, or not consider a patient's unique facial anatomy. * Unrealistic Expectations: Botox isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. What works wonders for one person might not be suitable for another. Communication with your provider about what you hope to achieve is crucial.

When Botox wears off ?

The duration can vary from person to person, but on average, the effects last about 3 to 4 months. Here are a few signs that your Botox is wearing off: movements returns, fine lines reappear

When Botox starts working ? 

From my experience and according to most publications, you can expect to see results within 3-7 days after the procedure. However, it can take up to two weeks to see the full effect. Patience is key here!

Can Botox cause cancer ?

According to the current body of scientific research, there's no evidence to suggest that Botox directly causes cancer. The confusion often arises from the word "toxin" being part of its name, but the application and dosage used in Botox treatments are key.

Can Botox cause headaches ?

While Botox is actually approved for the treatment of chronic migraines, there's a bit of an irony because, in some cases, it can lead to headaches post-treatment. These headaches are usually short-lived and tend to dissipate a few days after the injections. This side effects in majority of cases occurs for first-timers.

Can Botox goes wrong ?

While Botox is widely regarded as safe, complications can arise, just as with any medical treatment. Some common concerns include: - Unnatural facial expressions: Too much Botox or improper placement can lead to a "frozen" look. - Bruising and swelling: Generally minor but can be noticeable. - Drooping eyelids or eyebrows: Occurs when the Botox moves to areas (inappropiatelly executed injection) it wasn't intended for.

Are Botox top-ups free of charge ? 

This is where things get a bit industry-specific, and the answer isn't always straightforward. Generally, whether or not you get free top-ups depends on the clinic and the policy they have in place. Some places like od NOVA offer complimentary top-ups within a certain timeframe after your initial treatment, usually around 2 weeks, to ensure client satisfaction and to adjust the results if necessary. However, this is not a universal practice.!

Are Botox injections safe ?

In short, when administered by a licensed and experienced professional, Botox injections are considered safe. The key here is ensuring you're in the hands of a reputable practitioner who understands facial anatomy and has a track record of successful treatments.

Are Botox injections painful ?

This is probably the most common question, and the answer can vary from person to person. Most people describe the sensation as a quick pinch or slight pressure when the injection is administered. It's relatively brief and manageable. The level of discomfort also heavily depends on the skill of the practitioner and the individual's pain threshold. odNOVA Aesthetics take patient comfort very seriously. Here’s something you might not know - patients are pretreated with a numbing cream before the procedure. This small step makes a significant difference in the overall experience. Yes, you read that right. Instead of rushing through appointments in 15 minutes, I allocate a full hour. This isn’t just about the injection itself but ensuring you’re comfortable, informed, and not feeling rushed through what can be a nerve-wracking experience for first-timers.

Will Botox help hooded eyelids ?

Yes and no. Botox can be used to raise the eyebrows slightly, which in turn may reduce the appearance of hooded lids. It's a subtle change but can make the eyes look more open. However, Botox isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. The effectiveness can vary based on your anatomy, the skill of the injector, and the specific qualities of your hooded eyes.

Will Botox get rid of frown lines ? 

Short answer: Yes, it can. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that contribute to frown lines. When those muscles can't contract, the skin above them smooths out, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The key word here is "reduce" rather than "eliminate" entirely. The effectiveness can vary based on factors like your skin type, the depth of the wrinkles, and how your body responds to Botox.

Will Botox help jowls ?

When it comes to jowls - the sagging skin below the chin or jawline - Botox isn't typically the first line of treatment. Jowls are primarily caused by loss of elasticity in the skin and volume loss in the face, rather than muscle activity. However, Botox might indirectly help by relaxing some of the muscles around the neck and jawline, potentially creating a lifting effect.

What happens when you use Botox regularly ? 

Regular use of botulinum can have several effects on muscle contractions, which include improving the appearance and texture of your skin. ​ Additionally, if administered before wrinkles become deeply set, regular treatments can help prevent them from forming in the first place.

Why duration of my Botox treatment vary compare to others ? 

When it comes to the longevity Botox treatments (botulinum toxin treatment) there are several factors at play. ​ - The expertise and experience of the injector play a significant role, as a qualified aesthetic provider with a deep understanding of injection techniques and human anatomy can deliver superior results. ​ - The activity level of your facial muscles also matters; those who use their facial muscles more may require more frequent treatments or higher doses, while individuals with less active facial muscles tend to enjoy longer-lasting results. ​ - Administering higher dosages generally leads to more pronounced and longer-lasting outcomes. ​ - Your lifestyle can influence how long Botox treatments last. A healthy lifestyle and proper skincare may extend the results. ​ - Different brands or formulations of botulinum toxin type-A can impact the treatment's duration, making it essential to discuss this with your aesthetic provider. ​ - The specific area where Botox is injected on the face or body can also affect its longevity. ​ - The number of past treatments plays a role; regular treatments yield better overall aesthetically pleasing effects. ​ It is crucial to note that individual experiences vary. Just because someone had excellent results from their Botox treatments does not guarantee the same outcome for everyone.

How to prepare for Botox treatment ?

Physical Preparedness: Ensure your body is adequately hydrated before the treatment. In the days (ideally 72 to 96 hours) before your appointment, it's advised to avoid alcohol containing beverages. Its propensity to act as blood thinner can heighten the likelihood of bruising post-injection. ​ Mental and Emotional Readiness: The journey towards aesthetic enhancement isn't one to be taken lightly. Secure a spot to consult with your cosmetic provider, affording you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with potential risks, side effects, and both pre- and post-treatment advice. ​ Be honest: Delve into any health concerns or previous experiences with botulinum toxin that could influence the upcoming session.

Post-treatment care:

After your visit, you will get detailed information to your email, but here's a snapshot of the key post-treatment recommendations: ​ - Schedule Follow-up Consultation - To monitor your progress and ensure no adverse effects have transpired, it's critical to see your aesthetic specialist for follow-ups - Mind the Treated Area: It’s imperative not to apply significant pressure to the injection sites (till the end of the day) - Be Mindful of Physical Activity: Intense physical exertion should be postponed for 24 hours post-treatment - Keeping your heart rate at normal levels: is advised immediately following your procedure. - Forego the application of make-up for the day's duration.

What should I expect during Botox treatment session ? 

nitial Evaluation and Photographic Records Upon your visit, I will conduct a meticulous evaluation of the areas you desire to enhance. Leveraging my experience, I will also recommend areas for treatment that promise the most benefit for you. As part of unwavering adherence to legal requirements, I will capture photographic documentation of your face - a standard procedure to gauge progress and maintain transparency. ​ Pre-Treatment Questionnaire and Education Prior to your appointment, I extend an invitation to complete a series of important health questionnaires accessed through secure Patient Portal. This is not merely a formality, it's a significant step to assess your eligibility for botulinum toxin therapy. Additionally, it provides you with the opportunity to thoroughly review "Patient CONSENT" details at your leisure, enabling you to formulate any queries you might have before scheduled treatment. ​ Comprehensive Discussion of Side Effects My commitment to patient care includes an in-depth conversation about potential side effects. This discussion encompasses a balanced view, covering both common and rarer unwanted effects. Rest assured, I will guide this dialogue. ​ Medical Clearance Prior to Treatment Your welfare stands at the forefront of my practice. Therefore procedure will be performed ONLY if there is no medical contraindication at the time of your session. ​ Realistic Goals and Individual Enhancement I pride ourselves on my credibility, outlining improvements that are realistically attainable. It's my aim to foster trust through honest, clear communication about what can be achieved. ​ The Treatment Experience During treatment, I will use ultra-fine needles to deliver targeted injections of botulinum toxin into specific muscles. This process is swift and carried out with utmost precision, designed to be virtually pain-free - further enhanced by usage of topical numbing agents to maximise your comfort.

Post-treatment Ease and Follow-up

At odNOVA, conducting thorough reviews is an integral aspect of my standard practice. You are cordially invited to participate in such meetings, which serve as an opportunity to evaluate and deliberate on the results achieved. ​ Such collaboration is crucial in refining approach to your ongoing treatments, ensuring we are perfectly aligned in our pursuit of your desired outcomes. ​ Your satisfaction and the efficacy of the treatment plan are paramount, and this dialogue will be a key factor in tailoring this service to your specific needs.

What is "Cooling-off Period" ?

This policy is in place to allow patients the necessary time to consider all aspects of their potential treatment without feeling rushed or pressured. ​ As such, immediate treatment on the day of the first consultation is not provided. This ensures that when a decision is made, it is done so with clarity and certainty, reflecting my commitment to patient welfare and informed consent. ​ I encourage my clients and patients to use this time to reflect on their consultation and any proposed procedures.

What is the recovery like after Botox ? 

Recovery after treatment is typically seamless, with minimal disruption to your daily activities. ​ Clients may notice slight redness or minimal swelling at the injection sites, which generally subsides shortly after the procedure.

What are the most common side-effects ? 

Botulinum toxin treatments are broadly recognised for their efficacy and safety profile. However, like all medical procedures, they may present some side effects. The most typical ones include pain at injection site, temporary bruising at the injection site, mild swelling, or redness. Some individuals may also experience a slight headache post-treatment. These symptoms are usually short-lived and resolve without the need for further medical intervention.

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