Botox® is a brand name for the prescription medication Botulinum toxin type A which has a wide range of medical and aesthetic uses; notably used as an anti-wrinkle treatment. There are many brands of Botulinum under several different names, which work extremely well. However at Francis Clinic, we only use Botox® as our anti-wrinkle treatment; specifically Botox® Cosmetic.
As an anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox® Cosmetic is injected into certain muscles in order to block the signal between the nerves to the muscle and thus reduce muscle movement and associated wrinkling of the skin. It’s fair to say Botox has received a bad press over the years due to high profile celebrities who have a ‘frozen’ look. This outcome is not a normal or expected result of well administered anti-wrinkle treatment. It is likely the result of more product being administered than is needed, possibly by people under immense pressure due to being in the public eye.
If you are treated for lines and wrinkles at Francis Clinic, your face will continue to have full range of motion. We often treat wrinkles over two sittings, allowing for a free of charge ‘top up’ if the first round of Botox® is not effective. This ensures our patients are not given too much product.
Botox® is used to treat dynamic wrinkles on the face- those wrinkles that are created through natural facial movement. Static lines are treated with dermal filler. Areas improved by Botox® are forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and wrinkles around the eyes caused by smiling. At Francis Clinic we also offer eyebrow lifts with Botox®.
Other treatments we love to offer our patients include Botox® for migraines, sweating, neck pain and facial spasms.
Unlike dermal fillers, Botox® is not effective immediately. It can take between 2-14 days to become noticeable. The first few treatments of Botox® last roughly 4 months, however after the third or fourth dose the gap between treatment increases to 9-11 months.