Botox broken down by a plastic surgeon in Harley Street

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Are you looking for a straightforward way to get rid of wrinkles or, even better, prevent them from forming?

When you come to see Jonathan Britto, our plastic surgeon in Harley Street, you will be spoken through all of the anti-ageing processes that can be offered. There are now non-surgical facial aesthetics, such as Botox and dermal fillers, that can minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines without being invasive or expensive. Great!

Going back to Botox, you may have some questions about this process as it is, once again, becoming popular. And in this article, our plastic surgeon in Harley Street provides a brief introductory guide.

What is Botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a toxin that, when injected into nerves or muscles, causes them to become temporarily paralysed. So, when our plastic surgeon in Harley Street injects them, this process will be carried out on the face or neck to prevent muscle contractions that can cause or deepen wrinkles.

Are there any advantages of it?

There are many advantages to having Botox injections, but here are a few to consider. It is now an affordable and accessible option for people who want to reduce the signs of ageing, and the application is non-invasive. It is not uncomfortable, and in the unlikely event that there is an issue or you are not happy with how it looks, the effects are not permanent.

Is it uncomfortable?

Many people who have come to us for Botox injections have described the sensation of the injections as being similar to a slight pinch. Thus, they should not be uncomfortable, but we understand that you may have concerns about discomfort. We can apply an analgesic cream to the area where we plan to inject the serum under the skin to help you feel comfortable as we perform the procedure.

Afterwards, there may be a slight tingling or bruising at the injection site; this is normal, but if the pain worsens, you will need to seek medical attention.

Aftercare

There are some steps to take after you have had Botox applied to ensure that the injections stay in place and last as long as possible.

For starters, you should avoid any activity that raises your blood pressure or heart rate for the first 48 hours post-application; this will ensure that the Botox stays where it was injected. High blood pressure caused by exercise can cause the toxin to move to other parts of the body.

You should not massage your face or apply makeup, and you should refrain from sunbathing or using sunbeds for at least 48 hours for the same reasons mentioned above.

Reapplication

You can usually have Botox injections reapplied every 3-4 months. But if you have had this treatment with other non-surgical facial aesthetics, such as dermal fillers, you may be able to space out the applications even more.

Please note that the reapplication process will be targeted to your specific requirements and depend on your age and the depth of the wrinkles. We will always aim to meet your aesthetic needs, but this may not be obtainable based on these factors.