Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments: Botox TM, Azzalure TM, Bocoture TM.
Botulinum Toxin type A (often referred to as Botox TM) is a liquefied protein that is injected in tiny amounts to relax muscles. The relaxation of specific muscles causes lines and wrinkles caused by movement to reduce. This is a treatment suitable for dynamic lines.
There are 3 Botulinum type A licensed for cosmetic use in the UK. These are Botox TM, Azzalure TM and Bocoture TM. All are prescription only medicines and for cosmetic purposes can only be administer after a face-to-face consultation has taken place by a registered prescriber.
Helen is a fully qualified Independent Nurse Prescriber (INP) and can assess, diagnose, prescribe and treat once the prescription has been dispensed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
It works by blocking the chemical messages between the nerves and the muscle fibres. This effectively sends the muscles into hibernation. The lack of, or reduced movement means that the permanent lines and wrinkles cause by the constant folding and bending of the skin, either reduce or disappear, leaving a smoother, fresher looking skin. The aim of successful toxin treatment is the elimination of permanent lines at rest not frozen muscles 24/7 365 days a year.
How quickly will it work?
Typically you would start to see some results within 3-5 days. Patients who have had previous toxin treatments often report a quicker onset of action. Full results can take up to 21-30 days. Results take time to develop and everyones muscles are different hence not everyone gets the same result. With this in mind we do always expect you to return for a follow up assessment to review the result you have had from your treatment. Your review will take place no earlier than 2 weeks and no later than 4 weeks post treatment.
How long will results last?
Botulinum toxin type A is given to reduce the evidence of permanent lines and wrinkles at rest. Typically effects can last around 3-4 months however it is normal to see some movement as early as 6-8 weeks. Most patients find that by having regular treatments they start to get longer lasting results. Many patients find with time they only need 2 treatments a year.
Will my lines go with my first treatment?
It completely depends how severe the lines are to begin with. That coupled with your age, skin condition and other factors such as your health and lifestyle will dictate the potential results. Some patients need a number of treatments to achieve the optimum results and for some patients the elimination of all of the lines is actually not possible. What you can realistically expect to achieve will be discussed at your consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
Typically no. At worst you may experience a brief stinging sensation.
Is it safe?
Botulinum toxin type A is a very safe treatment and has been around in the NHS for over 35 years. As with any medication side effects are possible and these will be discussed with you at your consultation and when you have your treatment. These can be minimized by following the after treatment advice.
Can I have my treatment today?
The simple answer to that is no. All botulinum A toxins (Botox TM, Azzalure TM and Bocoture TM) are prescription only medicines. This means that an individual prescription has to be written for you. That prescription can only be written after a face to face consultation. Once the prescription is dispensed your treatment can go ahead. This is the only way that most practitioners can be carry out your treatment legally and is in place to protect you.
I have had treatment before and is was done immediately, was this legal?
It depends who has done your treatment? The only practitioners who are in a position to see you and treat you immediately are Doctors and Dentists. Legally they can hold stock of Prescription only Medicines, which they can then prescribe from, once they have done a consultation. Effectively they are dispensing the medicine themselves .Not all Doctors and Dentists hold stock some still chose to write prescriptions and have them dispensed, they can see but can't treat immediately. Nurses can't hold stock so have to write an individual prescription for each patient which then has to be dispensed.
Can any Nurse prescribe?
No. Only Independent Nurse Prescribers can prescribe. This is an extra qualification that Nurses can undertake. To check that the Nurse treating you has this qualification ask for their PIN number and check at https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/search-the-register/
Suitable for the following Skin Worries and Concerns
Before and After Images