BOTOX® is the world’s most popular non-surgical anti-ageing treatment, due to the results that can be achieved with skilled Doctors.
It works by temporarily blocking fine muscle activity, which allows the skin to relax so that lines appear softer and smoother.
BOTOX® Before and After Results
The first step of the process to having any cosmetic treatment at Quinn Clinics is to arrange a consultation with Dr John Quinn. This entails a detailed examination and discussion of what you are trying to achieve, as well as taking a medical history.
Only then can Dr Quinn recommend the most appropriate treatment to suit your needs. He may advise laser or fillers instead of BOTOX if that could lead to a better outcome or be more suitable for the patient.
BOTOX® Frequently Asked Questions
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is the trade name for a drug called Botulinum Toxin A. This drug has been safely used for multiple indications for over 20 years in medicine. It works by temporarily blocking the activity of treated muscles.
The skin overlying these muscles relaxes which leads to a softening of fine lines and wrinkles. There are now a number of different brands commercially available. At Quinn Clinics we use BOTOX® and Azzalure ®.
BOTOX is a prescription only medicine which must be prescribed by a suitably qualified professional after face to face consultation.
What is it used for?
BOTOX® is primarily used as a treatment for dynamic facial lines. These are lines that are produced by facial expressions such as frowning, lifting the eyebrows and around the eyes when smiling. It can also be used to lift eyebrows and the corners of the mouth.
The trend at present is for a more natural look than previously. It is possible to achieve excellent results without looking “frozen”.
Isn’t it a Poison?
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. This bacteria causes a form of food poisoning known as botulism. In this situation the live bacteria is ingested and releases large amounts of the toxin producing illness.
Cosmetic procedures involving botulinum toxin involve introducing only very tiny amounts of the purified protein into specific small muscles in the face. Common side effects are very mild and short lived.
What are the possible side effects?
Common side effects are local swelling like a nettle sting for a few minutes up to an hour, bruising and headache. Up to 10% of patients experience a headache after first treatment. It tends to be mild and settle with simple painkillers such as paracetamol. Rare side effects include temporary heaviness of the eyebrows or eyelids. These tend to improve within a few weeks.
How long does it last?
Results typically last 3-4 months after initial treatment. With repeated treatments results may last longer, particularly in the forehead.
What is Dr Quinn’s experience?
Dr John Quinn has been practising cosmetic medicine since 2005. He has performed thousands of BOTOX® procedures in Bristol and Dublin. He is a full member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors and is certified by this organization. Following an independent assessment service, he has been approved as a Validated Vistabel® Provider by Allergan, the manufacturers of BOTOX®.
Dr Quinn has worked for some of the largest cosmetic surgery providers in the UK including the Harley Medical Group and Sk:n before setting up his own practice in Bristol.
What does it cost?
BOTOX® is charged per area – see our skin treatment prices for details. For patients planning to maximize results by having regular treatments throughout the year, we offer a payment plan which reduces the cost of treatment as well as making it easier to pay.
What about Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are an alternative injectable treatment. Rather than relaxing the muscles, fillers work to add volume into deep lines, such as the nose to mouth or forehead lines. They can also be used to add volume to the lips.Fillers can be used in addition to BOTOX® as part of your overall anti-ageing treatment.
Botox Review – Client of over 10 Years
“I keep coming back to see John because he’s just simply the best… Quite a lot of people that will come here through my recommendations because he’s very trustworthy. I think a lot of people are concerned that they’re going to look plastic, that they’re going to look false but John concentrates on a very natural look to enhance what you’ve got… he’ll always make sure that you look beautiful.”