Botox® treatment is probably the better known aesthetic treatment due to media coverage and its prevalence.
Allergan were the first manufacturers to achieve FDA approval for its use in reducing facial lines and own the Botox® trademark. Other manufacturers have followed and registered brands available in the UK now include:
In summary, Botulinum Toxin Type A works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle preventing a normal muscle contraction from taking place. If the muscle cannot move it cannot contribute to the creation of dynamic lines on the face. These are lines that are only visible when a facial expression is made such as smiling or frowning. Over time, the constant movement of the dynamic lines together with collagen breakdown, can cause deeper and more visible lines that don’t disappear after relaxing the facial expression eg nose to mouth lines. Deeper lines may require dermal fillers or a mix of both. A consultation will be able to determine the most appropriate treatment for your concerns.
Botulinum Toxin can also be used to reduce excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis), teeth grinding (bruxism), wide jaw, gummy smile, migraines, large calves and is used in hospitals for bladder control and to reduce spasticity in muscles particularly for sufferers of cerebral palsy.
Small injections will be undertaken in the relevant areas that are identified to give the result you require. People often describe them as much more painless than they’d expected. Some swelling will be evident for a few minutes but soon subsides. In some cases there may be some bruising which will disappear after a couple of days and which can be easily covered with a little make-up.
The effects of the Botulinum Toxin injections can take up to 2 weeks to be evident and, as everyone has muscles of different strength, it may be necessary for a quick top-up which dermalclinic® provides free of charge.
Simon Cowell described it as ‘no big deal…it’s just like brushing your teeth’. He was referring to the novelty. However, it is a medical procedure and must be done by a qualified prescribing medical practitioner in a clinical environment otherwise the practitioner will not be insured.
We are famous for our treatments of botox and dermal fillers in Edinburgh and receive most of our new patients through recommendation and referral. We have produced these useful guides to help you to make an informed decision about your potential treatment:
Have you fallen for the cheap botox scam? We’re seeing an increasing number of patients that have fallen for the cheap botox scam.
Everyone wants a good deal and wants their money to go further but we also want good value for money. You really do get what you pay for and for botulinum toxin to be effective it requires a certain dosage. There are unscrupulous practitioners who will offer very cheap toxin treatments to tempt you to see them, but will then provide such a low dose of toxin (possibly mixed with a high volume of saline) that you will need several top ups for it to be effective for the recommended time period. These top ups are then charged for and you usually end up paying more overall, being disappointed with how long the treatment lasts, being disappointed with botulinum toxin as a treatment for lines and wrinkles, and spending a small fortune on travel costs for the many top ups.
An industry insider even told us of a scam in the north of the country where a mobile practitioner was injecting saline alone and claiming it was botulinum toxin!
The old adage still holds true “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
How can you avoid similar scams? Be informed and wary! Use common sense! If you saw a brand new sports car for less than half the normal price you’d be suspicious. The same logic should be used for prescription products such as botulinum toxin! We’ve produced a short Guide to Choosing a Practitioner which will help you to be more educated when considering treatment and thereby avoiding such scams.
At dermalclinic® we’ll continue to work in an ethical manner and will carrying on helping people who’ve fallen for such scams. For our patients top ups are sometimes necessary, as everyone is different, but are always free with us as we aim to provide sufficient levels in the first place.
1. IHAS Treatments You Can Trust accreditation – provides reassurance and a government body quality kitemark. Training certificates must be on display and the clinic must meet minimum clinical standards and comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act Section 3. The IHAS is supported by the Government’s Department of Health.
2. Medically qualified practitioner – ensure they are a nurse, dentist or doctor. If a nurse, a prescribing nurse is needed unless they provide a face to face consultation with a prescriber in the same location. Botox® needs a prescription, it’s a pharmaceutical product, and so beauticians must not be using it and won’t be insured!
3. Experience – treatment by a doctor may sound preferable but not if they only inject once a month! Some practitioners attend European Masterclasses and some teach other practitioners – all good signs of experience.
4. Avoid big discounts – cases have been reported of cheap treatments but with insufficient product being administered resulting in the need for more frequent revisits, or even just saline and no product at all! Don’t fall for it- you get what you pay for!
5. Avoid ‘botox® parties’ – if incentives are offered for group botox this is illegal. Bulk purchase, the possible consumption of alcohol, distraction during medical consultations, peer pressure – all point towards either breach of the MHRA legislation or increased risk, but particularly a disregard for best practice in a clinical setting.
6. Aftercare – ensure your chosen practitioner is available for follow-up service and advice.
7. Recommendation by friends – probably one of the best indications of good service but ensure the other points above and below still apply!
8. Evidence of training – ask to see evidence that they’ve been trained in the product they wish to use. Having received Advanced Training will provide extra reassurance and skills to achieve your desired outcome.
9. Local and Permanent- if you need a top up, have a question or want face to face reassurance, then a visiting practitioner from 200 miles away won’t be easily accessible, and nor will a temporary member of staff!
10. Relationship – choose someone you get along with. If you don’t feel comfortable with them maybe you should choose elsewhere!
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