Frequently Asked Questions
Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
What is Botox?
Botox is a protein know as botulinum toxin. It is derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles it is injected to. The result is relaxation of those muscles, resulting in the smoothing of the overlying skin.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is a very safe treatment when injected by an experienced professional. It is recommended that anyone who is thinking of having Botox injections consults a qualified doctor with the appropriate training.
Is Botox painful?
Botox itself is not painful. It is administered via very a fine needle which can occasionally be slightly uncomfortable, however generally it is very well tolerated.
How long does Botox last?
The results of Botox are seen within one week and reaches its maximum effect by two weeks. It usually lasts between three to four months.
How long does it take?
The procedure itself only takes around 5 minutes.
Is there a rebound effect when Botox wears off?
No.When Botox wears off the muscles return to their original strength.
Who can administer Botox?
Botox is a prescription medication and can only be prescribed by a doctor. It can be administered by someone who is not a doctor, however this is generally not recommended.
Where can Botox be used?
The most common areas for Botox to be injected are the frown lines, forehead and crow's feet. It can however be used in several other areas in the face and also in the armpits to stop excessive sweating.
Botox can be used to stop excessive sweating?
Yes. In this instance Botox is injected very superficially into the armpits to reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). It can reduce sweating by 90-100% and in this area can last up to 10 months.
How much does Botox cost?
Botox prices vary from clinic to clinic. At Norwich Aesthetics Clinic, one area of Botox starts at £200. This then increases with the number of areas treated. Often people will have two or three areas treated at the same time which costs £260 and £315 respectively.
What if it doesn't work?
We always offer a 2-3 week follow up appointment to ensure that everyone is happy with their treatment. In the unusual event that an area needs some further treatment, this is done at no extra cost. If all is well then you do not need to attend your follow up appointment if you don't want to.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are composed of stabilised hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin. It works by drawing in water, restoring or adding volume in the desired location.
Are dermal fillers safe?
The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure is done correctly and the type of filler used. This is why it is important to choose an experienced injector with a good knowledge of facial anatomy. In this case the risks are very low and will always be discussed prior to any treatments.
Where can dermal fillers be used?
Dermal fillers can be used in a number of places. The most common areas are the lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds (indentations from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and marionette lines (indentations from the edge of the mouth down to the jaw). We also offer hand filler to reduce the signs of ageing in this area.
Are dermal fillers painful?
The needles used to administer dermal fillers are slightly wider that those used for Botox. This is why a numbing cream is applied before all treatments, reducing any discomfort.
How long do dermal filler last?
Dermal fillers last between six and eighteen months depending on which area is injected and what filler is used.
Who can administer dermal fillers?
Under current legislation - anyone. However it is recommended that you choose an experienced medical practitioner with a good knowledge of facial anatomy to reduced the risk of adverse outcomes.
How long does it take?
The numbing cream is usually left on for around ten minutes. After this the procedure can take between five to fifteen minutes depending on the area being treated.
What if I'm unhappy with the results?
We always book a two week follow up appointment to ensure that everyone is happy with their treatment. In the unusual event that an area needs some adjustment, this is done at no extra cost. If all is well then you do not need to attend your follow up appointment if you don't want to.