been used for many years to treat muscular problems including
eyelid and facial spasms. Ageing is associated with the development
of wrinkles and furrows on the face. These lines may develop as a
result of weakened dermal collagen from sun exposure and gravity,
or due to facial muscle action on the skin.
Botox for Frown Lines and Smile Lines
Botox® or Botulinum Toxin temporarily weakens the
muscle. Therefore it may be used to treat facial lines caused
primarily by the action of the muscles on the skin. The ideal areas
to treat are those wrinkles caused by muscles that have no
significant function. Examples include, the deep crease between the
eyebrows, crows feet wrinkles and forehead lines.
Injection into frown lines has shown to be very successful. Good
results may be obtained after a single injection and results last
from 3-5 months. Some patients with very powerful muscles may not
see a complete relaxation of the targeted area, but subsequent
injections will further weaken them. In rare cases, some patients
may need a repeat injection within four weeks if there has been
Do the Injections Hurt?
Because the needle is so fine, most patients find that the
injections only cause mild, temporary discomfort.
How Many Treatments will I Need?
Repeat treatments are usually needed every 3-4 months over a
12-month period. Clinical trials report that some patients, who
have had treatment over 12 months, are only requiring further
treatments once or twice a year.
It can take up to 14 days for the Botox® to work.
Excessive use of the muscles for 2 hours after treatment helps
speed up the onset of effect.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects of this treatment are rare. Mild localised bruising
and redness may occur. Very occasionally, a temporary drooping of
the eyebrow or eyelid can happen, but this resolves in a few
Rarely, a transient numbness may develop in the treated area. An
extremely rare side effect may be generalised weakness and fatigue.
In one study less than 3% of patients experienced any of these
complications. Finally, any injection carries a small risk of
infection. Please inform the treating Clinician of any medication
that you are currently taking.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding the treatment is not
recommended. Please note that Botox, although FDA licensed in the
USA is also licensed in the UK under the name of
Vistabel® for forehead frown lines and hyperhidrosis
(excess underarm sweating).
Read Frequently Asked Questions
My husband was so impressed with the results of my Botox, he
wants to come and see you now!
I used to get a plastic surgeon to do my Botox and fillers but
after I came with my friend I will be coming to you! It just shows
what can be done. My friend is delighted too as I will be popping
up to see her more often.
Thank you so much, I really like the results, it makes such a
big difference. I don?t mind having lines but I do mind looking
I am very impressed and pleased with the treatment I received. I
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