Botox Injections at FACE aesthetics & beauty
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Botox (Botulinum toxin) injections relax the muscles in your face to smooth out lines and wrinkles, such as crow's feet and frown lines.
It's not permanent – it usually lasts for around 3 or 4 months.
In the UK, the cost of Botox injections can vary from about £150 to £350 for each treatment, depending on the clinic and the area being treated.
Botox injections for cosmetic reasons are not available on the NHS.
What to think about before you have Botox injections
If you're thinking about having Botox injections, be clear about why you want them.
Read more about whether a cosmetic procedure is right for you.
Make sure the person doing your Botox injections is suitably qualified and experienced.
They should be a medical practitioner and on a register to show they meet set standards in training, skill and insurance.
Avoid practitioners who have no training or have only completed a short training course.
When you meet the practitioner, ask about:
their training, qualifications and experience
the name of the product, if it’s licensed, and how and where it’s made
any risks or possible side effects
what will happen if things go wrong
what insurance cover they have
Read more about choosing who will do your cosmetic procedure.
Botulinum toxin can only be prescribed in a face-to-face meeting by a qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber or nurse prescriber.
The person prescribing botulinum toxin is responsible for making sure it's given safely. They might not give the injections, but they should make sure it's done by a qualified and experienced practitioner.
When you cannot have Botox
In certain circumstances, Botox injections are not recommended, including if:
you have a skin infection
you're unwell in any way
you have a neuromuscular condition like myasthenia gravis
you're taking certain medicines
you're pregnant or breastfeeding
What having Botox involves
Your face will be cleaned and botulinum toxin will be injected into muscles in your face using a very fine needle.
You'll need injections in different places, depending on the area being treated. You'll be asked to move the muscles in your face to help find the best place for the injections.
It usually takes about 10 minutes.
You will not see a change straight away. It takes about 2 or 3 days to start working, and 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect.
Do not massage or rub your face for 3 days. Also, avoid vigorous exercise, sunbathing (including using sunbeds), and the sauna for 2 days. Your practitioner should be able to give you more advice about what you should and should not do.
The effects usually last for about 3 or 4 months. If you have Botox injections again, you should wait at least 3 months. It might stop working if you have it too often.
The risks of Botox injections are small if it's done correctly by a suitably qualified practitioner. Speak to your practitioner about the risks.
After treatment you may have:
a headache and flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
bruising, swelling and redness where the needles went in the skin
temporary heaviness – for example, your eyelids or eyebrows may feel heavy if the Botox moves into these areas or you hve had the muscle in your forehead injected