What is Botox®?

Anti-wrinkle injections (or Botox® as the treatment is more commonly known) are arguably the most popular non-surgical injectable treatment. Prescription Botox can be used for reducing and temporarily smoothing expression wrinkles and dynamic lines. It's fast to administer, takes effect quickly and can last many months. But Botox® also has some other very practical uses, which you may not be aware of.

Botox® is actually a brand name for a substance called Botulinum Toxin Type A, a neurotoxin found to cause paralysis of the muscles. It’s a very potent substance and can be deadly if ingested, however, it’s uses in medicine have been proven and well documented since the 1950s to treat muscle spasms.

Botox® blocks the nerve signals to the muscles that create lines and wrinkles, so it’s a perfect solution to expression lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, Glabellar lines (the lines between the eyebrows), and as neck lines and other upper facial lines. 

Botox® can also relax the masseter muscles in the jawline, reducing teeth grinding, which can lead to a square jaw. Botox® also blocks the nerves to sweat glands, helping to reduce sweating in the underarms, hands, face, back and feet. 

Botox® has also been found to reduce symptoms of migraines; it blocks the neurotransmitters which send messages of pain to the brain.

Am I suitable for Botox® at Space Healthcare?

Before any non-surgical treatment here at Space Healthcare, we will request that you attend an initial no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals. This meeting allows you to describe your facial concerns and ask as many questions as you have about your Botox® procedure.

Botox® is a prescription-only drug and should only be administered by a medical professional. When presented with the facts, and if both you and your practitioner are happy that Botox® is an appropriate treatment, you will be prescribed and booked in for an appointment.

What’s involved in a Botox® treatment at Space Healthcare?

A numbing cream may be applied before your Botox® treatment to treat hyperhidrosis in the hands or feet. For facial treatment, patients will not require a topical anaesthetic.

If the treatment is required for expression lines and dynamic wrinkles, your practitioner may mark the areas where the Botox® is to be injected, with a white skin pencil, before proceeding. Then, tiny amounts of the Botox® solution will be injected into the specific areas of concern, using very fine needles.

The process should not take more than 30 minutes, and afterwards, you can return to your daily activities without the need for healing at home. There may, however, be some aftercare procedures to adhere to, for optimum results.

Does Botox® hurt?

As with any injectable procedure, there may be some sensation of discomfort during your Botox® procedure, but as the needles used are very thin so this procedure is not painful for facial areas. For the hands, feet and underarms, a topical anaesthetic will be used, for your comfort. 

Frequently asked questions

What is recovery like with Botox® treatment?

As Botox® is a non-surgical procedure, you will be fit to return to daily activities straight away. However, there may be some slight bruises, bumps, or tenderness after your treatment, but this will be short-lived; the bruises only are small and the bumps subsiding within an hour.

When will I see results from my Botox® treatment?
For lines and wrinkles, expect to see results within 24 hours to 2 weeks after the treatment. This is usually the same for excessive sweating, migraines and teeth grinding. However, these results may take several weeks for jawline slimming, as the masseter muscles weaken and deplete in size over time
How long do the results last from a Botox® treatment?
Results from a Botox® treatment usually last between 4 and 8 months. However, on average, expect to enjoy your results for around 6 months, before requiring another treatment.
Why should I use Space Healthcare for my Botox® treatment?

Space Healthcare offers medical-grade products and treatments in a safe and clinical setting.Our Leamington Spa cosmetic clinic is easily accessible in the town centre. Our friendly team are all highly qualified, empathic to your needs and experienced in their fields. We offer discretion, professional and medical excellence, and a comfortable experience for all our patients.