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Botox injections are used to relax muscles, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox is the brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridum botulinum, it is used in very diluted amounts to treat specific areas.

Why choose Botox Injections?

Laughter lines, frown lines and dimpled chins can make the face look tired and old, perhaps older than you are. These are all features that are caused by strong muscle movements and it is possible to relax these muscles and smooth the lines and wrinkles using Botox. Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating and injections of Botox can offer relief to those who suffer from regular migraines too.

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What can Botox injections achieve?

  • Smooths and softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movements
  • Gives a fresher more youthful look, making you seem more ‘awake’
  • Can slow the onslaught of lines and wrinkles
  • Effects can last 3-5 months
  • Can be used to treat excessive sweating
  • Eases pain of some migraine sufferers
  • Very quick and simple procedure with no recovery time

Is there an alternative to Botox?

There are other surgical and non-surgical options that may be more appropriate to your circumstances, including fillers. Your surgeon will be able to talk you through these options and recommend the procedure(s) best suited to your goals.

What to expect before your Botox procedure

To help set realistic expectations and ensure you have the most comfortable and relaxed procedure possible it is important to establish good communications with your surgeon. This will start in your consultation.

During your Botox consultation you will:

  • Discuss the reasons for you seeking Botox
  • Learn more Botox injections and the procedure involved
  • Discuss the care you will receive before, during and after your procedure
  • Undergo a full health evaluation
  • Have an assessment of area to be treated
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and talk through other options may be available
  • Learn about timescales and costs

What to expect before your Botox procedure

As the day of your Botox injections approaches, you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes and asked to avoid particular activities and medications

This may include:

  • Taking medical tests including blood tests
  • Avoiding aspirin
  • Avoiding sun overexposure, particular to the area being treated

The Botox procedure

  • No anesthesia is required
  • The procedure takes only a few short moments
  • A very fine needle is used to inject and relax specific muscles

After your Botox procedure

You will be able to leave the clinic straight after your procedure.

After that:

  • You may have some temporary bruising, which is perfectly normal and will subside in a few days
  • You may have a headache, this should clear within 48 hours
  • You should not rub the treated area or lie down for 6 hours
  • You should be able to see the results of the procedure in 6-10 days
  • Aftercare advice will be available from Dr Cotrufo

Still have questions about Botox?

All of the procedures carried out at our clinic, both surgical and non-surgical, are carried out by Dr Stefano Cotrufo.

Dr Cotrufo is a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery expert who particularly specialises in procedures for the face and neck. He is a member of the General Medical Council and appears on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons.

If you would like to find out more about the treatment options open to you – including Botox injections or alternative procedures – or you would like to talk about the service and aftercare you can expect to receive when you attend the clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to arrange a personal consultation.