Verve Facial Aesthetics

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is the name commonly used for Botulinum Toxin Type A which is used in many ways including smoothing facial wrinkles. Other major brands in the UK include Azzalure, Bocouture, Xeomin and Dysport.

What is Botulinum Toxin Type A?

So here's the science behind it. It is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium - Clostridium Botulinum. In a purified form, just like other medications such as penicillin it is very safe and effective. It is used for many medical treatments as well as cosmetic treatments, for conditions such as muscle spasm conditions, eye disorders such as uncontrolled blinking, migraines, and excessive sweating.

It is a prescription only product and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists, prescribing nurses and prescribing pharmacists following a face-to-face consultation. So because of this always, always have treatments with a trained medical professional. 

But how does it work?

Regardless of the brand name all toxins work in the same way. The toxin blocks the chemical message sent from the nerve to the muscle preventing it from contracting. On average the muscle remains resting for 8-12 weeks when it then starts to receive the message again and muscle movement returns.

The treatment's aim is the reduce movement of the muscles that cause expression. By relaxing these muscles the lines produced by the expression become softer and less noticeable.

Treatments with toxins work best for muscles of movement and can reduce and soften lines but may not completely remove them, it varies from individual to individual and on the quality of their skin and other lifestyle factors. Bespoke treatments work best where the practitioner and patient decide together the results desired and the treatment tailored to achieve those realistic results. 

One key thing to know about toxin treatments is that they only work where the product is placed.   The toxin does not migrate.  Very minisule amount are used to create the muscle smoothing effect. 

Does it Hurt?

This is the top question asked. No injectable treatment need hurt. Very fine needles are used to administer the treatment and most injections are very superficial into the top layers of the skin. Topical anaesthetic cream can be used but mostly only a tiny scratch or pinch can be felt at worst.

What areas can be treated?

Frown lines (glabella)

Forehead lines

Crow's feet

Bunny lines


Gummy smile

Down-turned mouth

Lip Lines

Platysma bands (neck bands)

Jawline (Nefertiti Neck Lift)

Masseters (Slimming of jaw muscles- grinding of jaw)

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating) 

Treatment Consultation

Most practitioners will offer a non-obligatory consultation to assess your desired results and discuss realistic expectations of the treatment. Everyone's face is different and different people tolerate the treatment differently, therefore a bespoke treatment plan is needed. This should be fully discussed during your consultation.  

Before Treatment

Remove makeup and go to the appointment with a clean face if possible.

If you are unwell, please rearrange your appointment as even minor illness can increase risk of post treatment complications.

Following your treatment refrain from the following to minimise risk of bruising:

Alcohol | Aspirin | Ibuprofen | St John's Wort | Omega Oils | Gingko Biloba | Vitamin C & E.

Any concerns contact the clinic prior to your appointment to discuss. 

How long does it take to get a treatment?

Most treatments are over within 10-15 minutes.  

After Treatment

You will be given an after-care sheet following your treatment of common side-effects from your practitioner.

Immediately after treatment some people may have some redness, white pin-prick marks and rarely minor swelling but this should subside within an hour post treatment.

Most people can leave the clinic and carry on with their day as normal.

On the day post treatment do not wear make up for at least 12 hours to minimise any infection.

Avoid extreme heat or cold, and vigorous exercise.

The next day some people may have slight bruising and this may take 10 days to fade but can be covered with make-up the day after treatment.

Some people may experience a headache or a feeling of heaviness or tightening in the following few days after treatment. This is perfectly normal and pain killers can be taken if needed.

The toxin takes up to 14 days to take full effect but generally improvements can start to be seen after 3-4 days and this continues to improve over the 2 week period.

After 2-3 weeks most clinics will invite you back for a review and to assess how well the treatment has taken and make adjustments if necessary. 

Most practitioners will provide a 24 hour follow-up number in case of emergencies.  

Cosmetic toxin treatments have been around for 50 years and are effective and safe when administered by a trained medical professional.  Always choose a medical professional for your treatment who can offer expert advice, treatment and follow-up care.  


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