The popularity of Botox in London as an effective yet affordable non-surgical anti-ageing cosmetic treatment is growing, and fast.
Despite the economic downturn, recent reports suggest the number of adults in London opting for facial aesthetic treatments, including Botox, has increased by 15% in a year, with more than one million treatments being carried out.
Research indicates that as many as 19 million men and women in the UK, including 250,000 in London, would undergo some kind of anti-ageing treatment. Indeed, such is the popularity of Botox in London and elsewhere in the UK that for many, it is now considered a routine part of their cosmetic regime.
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) has become synonymous with patients seeking a safe and highly effective treatment to relieve fine lines, wrinkles, frown lines and furrows to the face, predominantly to the forehead, glabella (between the eyebrows) and crows’ feet.
However, Botox has many more medical benefits and can be used to treat patients suffering from conditions including hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), neck spasms, writers cramp, multiple sclerosis, facial spasms, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.
For many, the simplicity of a Botox treatment is part of the appeal. Typically, a patient in London will visit a professional clinic for a detailed consultation in which they are able to discuss their main areas of concern and the results they are hoping to achieve. Based on this (together with their budget) an appropriate treatment programme can be determined. During the consultation, patients are asked to use certain facial muscles so doctors can observe how they work.
A fine needle is then used to inject very specific quantities of Botox just below the skin surface to targeted muscle groups. Results are usually visible within three to four days of treatment with the full effect usually being evident after 10-14 days. A quality clinic will offer a free review and top-up injections two to four weeks after treatment to settle any residual movement. Treatments can then be expected to last between three to five months.
Botox is often called the classic lunch break treatment, because it is so quick, usually taking around 20 minutes, and most patients can build it into an average day, with no disruption caused to work. Discomfort is usually negligible and side effects minimal so patients can immediately resume normal activity. There may be some initial redness and swelling at the injection sites, which usually dissipates after 10 minutes, when make-up can be re-applied if desired. Occasionally there is bruising and very rarely, ptosis (drooping of an eyelid). This can be treated with eye drops and should disappear within a few days.
This article was produced by Melior Clinics
Founded in February 2006, Melior Clinics are experts in the field of facial aesthetics and specialise in a wide variety of non-surgical procedures. Pro-active and responsive, their portfolio reflects the very latest in facial aesthetic techniques as well as the more traditional and popular anti-wrinkle and rejuvenation procedures.
Melior Clinics have quality and established clinics in the prestigious Harley Street as well as in Richmond, Reading and Kent. Their head office is located in Cambridgeshire, close to their Stamford and Peterborough clinics.
Their team of specialist practitioners, led by Dr Timothy Beazleigh, are all highly experienced and fully qualified to practise the specialist extensive treatment repertoire. Only the very best products are used including Botox, Xeomin, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra and Zoom.