Botox or botulinum toxin to give it its full name, is the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedure worldwide. Also known as muscle relaxing or wrinkle relaxing injections, it is now used for an increasing number of cosmetic purposes beyond smoothing crows feet around the eyes and frown lines on the brow.

Botulinum toxin is a protein that is produced by the bacteria Clostridum botulinum and its muscle relaxing properties were discovered over 200 years ago. For many years it was used to treat muscle spasms and squints and, in the 1980s, a Canadian opthamalogist, Jean Carruthers, discovered it had the added benefit of smoothing away wrinkles.

The lines that form on the brow and around the eye are called dynamic wrinkles because they are caused by the continual movement of the muscles. Over time, lines appear on the skin overlying these muscles. Botox temporarily blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles so they cannot contract and relax in the same way, smoothing the skin.

Botox is cleared for injection in the crows feet and frown lines, but practitioners also use it for an increasing number of aesthetic procedures, such as preventing excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis or softening a square jaw.

How is a Botox procedure performed?

The first step is to have a thorough consultation with Mr Sudip Ghosh to discuss your aims. He will then assess you to ensure that a Botox procedure will fulfill your expectations; as a highly experienced plastic surgeon Mr Ghosh can advise you whether a cosmetic surgery procedure would be more suitable.

Tiny amounts of Botox are injected into multiple sites in the treatment area. Botox treatments are very quick and you can resume normal activities immediately after.

Are there any side effects or risks to a Botox procedure?

Some patients may find a small amount of bruising and swelling at the injection site, particularly around the eyes. This is usually temporary and can be covered with make-up. Occasionally, you may experience a headache after your Botox procedure which again should be temporary.

More serious side effects are rare but include the possibility of a drooping eyelid or eyebrow if Botox is not injected appropriately.

What results can I expect after a Botox procedure?

Mr Sudip Ghosh aims to produce a very beautiful, subtle effect with Botox injections, avoiding a frozen face by balancing your natural facial expressions with a reduction of marked lines and wrinkles.

How long will my Botox results last?

The longevity of Botox results depends on the individual patient and also the injection site. Results generally last from three to six months before you may wish to book a repeat procedure to maintain your results. It has been proven in a number of clinical trials that repeated Botox treatments are safe and effective.

For more information, call 0845 304 7083 or email enquiries@sjgonline.co.uk.

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