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Q - What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is a type of purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is quite safe and is injected directly into facial muscles in very tiny amounts during treatment.
Q - How does Botulinum Toxin work?
Botulinum Toxin works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the facial muscles that have been injected. This makes the muscles less active and therefore softens and smoothes the appearance of persistent lines and wrinkles.
Q - How many treatments will I need?
In most cases patients can see a real difference after one treatment. This is because Botulinum Toxin works gradually, smoothing and softening lines and wrinkles for up to a month. Every face is unique of course and we'll advise you on how many treatments you're likely to need and how often, depending on the results you'd like to achieve.
Q - How long does Botulinum Toxin work for?
The effects of Botulinum Toxin often last up to four months, depending on the patient. If you decide to stop treatment, any permanent lines and wrinkles will gradually return.
Q - Is the treatment painful?
It's very rare for treatment with Botulinum Toxin to be painful. Most patients experience a feeling of slight discomfort during the treatment itself but that's all. We will talk you through what to expect before your first injection of course, so you'll be fully prepared prior to treatment.
Q - Do wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botulinum Toxin actually work?
There's several ways of reducing or removing wrinkles from your forehead and around the eyes, nose and mouth. One of the best-known treatments is Botulinum Toxin, a muscle relaxant that is used to relax and soften 'frown' lines around the forehead and eyes. Whilst dermal fillers, such as Hydra Fill? are commonly used to 'fill in' and smooth wrinkles around the lower half of the face, such as the mouth. Although both treatments reduce or remove wrinkles, they work in a very different way.