Botox treatment has been available at our clinic in Rayleigh for almost twenty years now.
Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brand names for botulinum, such as Bocouture and Azzalure. In large amounts, this toxin can cause botulism, which you probably associate with foodpoisoning. Despite the fact that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis, scientists have discovered a way to use it as an advantage in modern day medicine. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles. Botox is often used by ophthalmologists in the treatment of squints and tics. It can also be used in the treatment of urinary incontinence.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.
How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?
At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment. The consultation process includes a general assessment of your needs and a discussion about the range of treatment options available, both at Elan Medical Skin Clinic and those available elsewhere, including no treatment at all.
We will work with you and are here to help you make the right decision. We will advise you of potential outcomes, including the side effects and all known risks associated with each treatment. Most consultations last 30 minutes and you will leave feeling fully informed and assessed. This initial consultation is your first step to resolving something about your body that you are unhappy about and our hope is that when two committed parties work together, desired results are achieved.
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. The medicine is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.
What happens next?
If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means, do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation.
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