Wimbledon, London

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Q&As BOTOX

How does it work?

The active ingredients work by relaxing specific facial muscles thus reducing the severity and frequency with which wrinkles form. Administered through a series of injections, the effects develop over a period of 5-7 days and can last up to 3-6 months depending  on the location and amount administered.

Are there any risks?

Side effects are rare and usually mild but can include:

Mild swelling and redness. This usually settles within a couple of hours.

Bruising. This can occur at the site of the injection and resolves within 7-10 days. Blood thinning agents such as Warfarin, Aspirin, garlic capsules can increase the possibility of bruising and should be stopped a couple of days before treatment. Consult your GP first.

Drooping eyebrow/eyelid or double vision. Can occur but resolves spontaneously within a couple of weeks. An excessive eyebrow lift or droop can be corrected with a tiny amount of wrinkle-smoothing agent.

Allergic reactions, difficulty swallowing, speaking or breathing. These are rarely reported. Visit your doctor immediately if such signs develop after any Botulinum Toxin treatment.

Is there any downtime?

No, but for the first four hours following a procedure it is advisable not to lie down, exercise, visit a sauna or steam room or to massage the area. This is to prevent the agent migrating into other muscle groups.

How long does it last?

Anywhere between 4-6 months, depending on the area and amount.