About Botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the outside of the eyes and between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and wrinkles of the side of the nose sometimes associated with smiling by paralysing certain muscles temporarily.

Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyses the muscle decreasing dynamic lines and used long term will minimise the production of stationary lines.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Surgeon

Considering a couple of things before choosing a practitioner or clinic for the treatment is advisable. It helps with getting the desired look, having a good experience and avoiding disappointment and possible health risks.

  • Qualification: the person carrying out the procedure should be qualified, trained and registered with medical associations (i.e. BAPRAS, BAAPS etc.).
  • Insurance: the practitioner should have appropriate insurance cover in case something goes wrong.
  • Equipment and Environment: appropriate medical equipment, safe, clean and sterile environment to carry out treatments.
  • Follow-up Service: treatments for lines and wrinkles can take up to two weeks to have a full effect.  After having Botulinum toxin treatments for the first time, it is a good practice to do a follow-up consultation after two weeks to check on the results.

Fake Botulinum toxin

In recent times counterfeits of expensive drugs managed to enter the supply chain. Practitioners with little credibility and clinics offering cheap deals are most likely to use unapproved drugs to carry out treatments. It can increase the possibility of risk to patient health. Botulinum toxin in its various forms must only be obtained from a reputable pharmacy. More importantly the "Cold chain" must be maintained. If the Toxin is not stored at the correct temperature it is rendered in effective.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

These are amongst the safest facial fillers in the market. Although temporary, their effect can last for upto a year. It is advisable to have these fillers injected at intervals to have a slow and gentle reduction of lines rather than have it all injected at once to give a “puffed up” appearance.

Bruising and swelling is common  though every effort is made to minimise this. Over time and following multiple injections these leave you with a natural and more youthful look.

Complications of Fillers

Some permanent facial fillers will leave you with lumps, scarring and occasionally even sinuses in your skin. This is unlikely with the Hyaluronic acid fillers as they are naturally occurring in the skin and tissues. Occasionally if injected into an artery any filler can cause skin loss. Rare cases of blindness have been reported. It is therefore important to have an experienced practitioner who can deal with complications.

About Mr Khandwala

Mr Asit Khandwala is a fully accredited specialist in Plastic Surgery and is on the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council. He is also a full member of professional associations including the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Read more.

Being full member of medical associations, he is accredited to carry out non-surgical procedures including treatments for lines and wrinkles (Botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid Fillers).

He offers treatments for patients in Sussex, Surrey Kent and London including East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Horley, Redhill, Reigate, Crawley, Horsham, Gatwick, Caterham, Dartford and Orpington. For free consultation, find a Botulinum toxin clinic here.

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