Anti-wrinkle treatment is subject to a face-to-face consultation with your aesthetics nurse practitioner who will advise on suitability for treatment, which may or may not include Botulinum Toxin - also commonly referred to as "Botox".
What is "BOTOX"?
"Botox" is the brand name of one brand of botulinum toxin produced by the company Allergan.
There are 3 licensed versions of botulinum toxin available in the UK - 'Botox', 'Bocouture' (or 'xeomin') and 'Azzalure' (or 'Dysport')
All brands come from the same 'type' of botulinum toxin - Botulinum Toxin Type A - which is used for medical and cosmetic purposes.
Unfortunately there are reported cases of unlicensed (black market) botulinum toxin products being used in the UK.
Some examples of unlicensed botox brands that have been used in the UK are 'Botulax', 'Innotox' and 'ReNTox'. These brands can be up to 50 times the strength of licensed brands and can cause irreversible scarring, or even be fatal.
IT IS ILLEGAL FOR PRACTITIONERS TO USE UNLICENSED BOTOX BRANDS!
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxin produced from the fermentation of the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum.
It works by paralysing the nerves that cause muscles to contract, which gives the desired wrinkle relaxing effect when used in aesthetics.
When used in small amounts for cosmetic purposes it has a duration of effect of around 12 weeks. Onset of results are gradual with the peak being around 2 weeks after being administered.