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lip injections, are they a good idea?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Lip injections, are they a good idea

As a practice that offers facial rejuvenation from our clinic in Oxford and Didcot we are often asked about lip injections, people often want to know if they are a good idea and what the potential problems could be. Our latest blog post is dedicated to answering these questions.

Do lip injections hurt during/after lip injections?

Lip injections will always be given with a topical numbing cream such as lidocaine and prilocaine, this ensures that the skin is numb prior to having any injections.

After treatment you may find there is some mild discomfort as the injection sites settle down, this will not normally last longer than a couple of days.

Why use lip fillers to enlarge your lips?

Lip fillers are one of the most natural ways to enlarge your lips, hyaluronic acid (dermal fillers) is a naturally occurring acid in your body. It is using your body to bind water and retain moisture, hence, as we age and hyaluronic acid levels decline asking can look drier and more wrinkly due to the dehydrated skin. Fillers can help to reverse this process.

Do lip injections damage lips?

So long as the lip injections are done in a controlled environment by professional with full training then no, lip injections do not damage your lips. This is one of the reasons that dental practices are some of the best places to go for a lip injections, dentists have such a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the muscles, nerves and blood vessels in your head, face and neck. Beauty therapists, on the other hand do not have this detailed knowledge.

What is the lip enhancement or lip augmentation procedure?

The process is usually quite simple and includes:

  • An initial consultation to work out if lip fillers are the best form of treatment for you. During the consultation we will discuss any possible side-effects, additional treatments, ongoing care and costs.
  • Treatment begins at an appointment time suitable for you.

Usually all treatment can be accomplished in one single appointment.

What’s it like to undergo lip augmentation?

Treatment is usually:

  • Comfortable. Anaesthetic is given to numb the skin.
  • Affordable. Lip enhancement is usually start from about £380.
  • Quick. Treatments can often be completed in a single appointment.
  • long-lasting. Treatments often last for up to 2 before needing to be redone.

How long do lip injections last?

Typically treatments will last up to 2 years. Typically you may find that anywhere between 6 and 12 months you might see some difference in your appearance and require a top up.

What did your lips look like before and after lip injections?

The easiest way to answer this question is to show photographs of patients having before and after lip injections.

Before lip augmentation

Before

After lip augmentation

After

Before lip filler injections

Before

After lip filler injections

After

How much do lip augmentations usually cost?

Treatment costs can vary depending on the exact nature of the augmentation of treatment and the exact treatment. Typically lip enhancements start at around £380 and lip contouring from £350. There are also usually many special offers available.

More information on fees here.

Do lip fillers shrink lip size afterwards?

No, however after your lips have been made fuller and more plump with lip fillers, by contrast, once the fillers have been fully absorbed into your body it may look as though your lips have shrunk, they will only however have shrunk back to what they were prior to treatment.

Why are Botox and filler injections so expensive?

Botox and filler injections are always worth investing in the highest quality. After all, you are going to be asking someone to inject something into your face! You need to be sure that:

  • You know absolutely 100% what is being injected. NEVER purchase these treatments online and try to inject yourself.
  • You 100% trust the person doing the injections. A dentist is the ideal person to trust for this type of treatment as they have a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of your head, face and neck. Someone that has been on a short training course will not have this detailed anatomy, nor may not have the emergency facilities available in the event of any unforeseen allergic reaction.
  • The environment in which you will be seen is completely clean and sterile. You want to ensure that any cross contamination chances are all but eradicated, again this is another good reason to choose a dental practice as they will have proven cross infection control procedures in place and will also be highly regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

It is for the reasons above of using the best materials,  the best clinician in the best environment that makes Botox and fillers injections expensive.

One last thing to say about the cost is that it is worth considering this over the life of the treatment. A typical augmentation may cost £380 but could quite easily last two years, taking the cost over a two-year period means that treatments cost approximately £3.64 a week – The price of a large cup of coffee!

What is the difference between dermal fillers and botox?

These treatments working completely different principles. Wrinkle relaxation treatments such as Botox are a toxin which reduces the ability of muscles to move, by reducing visibility to move we can make the wrinkles disappear. Fillers, on the other hand inject hyaluronic acid into the treatment site, this is a naturally occurring body acid which binds water, therefore making your skin look more hydrated and younger.

Depending on which area of your face you would like rejuvenated will depend upon which treatment you have, dermal fillers or wrinkle treatments such as Botox.

4 surprising uses for Botox

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Did you know that Botox is a prescription drug and therefore it is not possible to walk into any clinic and ask specifically for Botox? Botox may be one of the treatments offered to help resolve your problem and indeed, the practitioner may decide that another form of botulinum toxin is preferable over the use of Botox. Throughout this article the terms botulinum toxin and Botox will be used interchangeably for the same treatment.

There are however a considerable number of uses for Botox which you may be unaware.

Facial lines and wrinkles

This is the most common use and is the most widely known use for botulinum toxin injections. The toxin works are relaxing the muscles and as they relax facial lines and wrinkles also disappear. Botox can also be used for:

Chronic migraines

This was first reported by Dr William Binder back in 1992. He was a doctor in Beverly Hills and he noticed that as he used Botox on his patients they tended to report fewer headaches after treatment. One of the manufacturers of Botox then began Testing his claims and found that they were indeed true.

Whilst the research conducted did indeed show a link between the use of botulinum toxin and headaches, it didn’t conclude as to whether the link was medical or placebo.

Excessive sweating treatment

This was also a side effect noticed by many clinicians in the early days of using Botox to treat facial lines and wrinkles. Botox stop excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by blocking the neurotransmitters that stimulate the sweat glands. Hyperhidrosis is a condition which affects approximately one percent of the population and doesn’t discriminate between men or women. The treatment was approved in the United States in 2004 and involves several injections around the affected area, usually in the armpits. The treatment last for around eight months each time.

Reducing gummy smiles

A “Gummy Smile” is a phenomenon that when some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile. This happen due to a number of causes which can be assessed by your dentist/practitioner (This is one of the advantages of having a dental practice work with botulinum toxin as well as treatment). One of the causes is hyperactivity of the muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more.

Simply and safely we can help correct your gummy smile by reducing the muscles strong pull on the upper lip. To make a thin lip look fuller you may also wish to have some dermal filler treatment.

Bruxism or tooth grinding treatments

Bruxism is a medical term that describes the act of grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. Regular and persistent grinding of the teeth can result in an ache in the jaw, headaches, earache, disrupted sleep and can also contribute to the wearing down, darkening and breaking of the teeth.

Most cases of bruxism occur subconsciously during sleep. It is usually associated with contributing factors, such as stress or anxiety. Severe bruxists often have overvdeveloped muscles giving them a swollen square like face.

It’s possible to treat patients with bruxism using a combination of botulinum toxin and mouth guards to help relax the muscles involved.

As mentioned previously when we were talking about headaches, you may also notice a reduction in the headaches after treatment for bruxism with botulinum toxin.

A word of warning About Botox

You should not be treated with BOTOX® if you have:

  1. a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
  2. allergies to any botulinum toxin product
  3. had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
  4. a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
  5. swallowing problems
  6. bleeding problems
  7. plans to have surgery
  8. had surgery on your face
  9. weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
  10. drooping eyelids
  11. any other change in the way your face normally looks
  12. are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby.
  13. are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk.

What is Botox, is it safe and how does the procedure work?

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Questions and answers about Botox

A quick search on Google trends shows that the interest on the web for Botox is ever increasing, with more people searching it’s good to take advice on the safety, treatment and procedures for Botox. This blog post takes a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about this popular treatment.

The increasing searches for BOTOX

Common questions and answers

What is Botox?

In Botox is one of the leading brands of botulinum toxin,  typically used to treat the course and the signs of ageing, facial rejuvenation, excess sweating (hyperhidrosis) and gummy smiles.

What is it made of?

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type a, it’s made from a bacteria which blocks nerve activity in the muscles causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

Is it safe?

When administered by professional in measured doses Botox is safe. You should however avoid Botox if have:

  1. a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
  2. allergies to any botulinum toxin product
  3. had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
  4. a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
  5. swallowing problems
  6. bleeding problems
  7. plans to have surgery
  8. had surgery on your face
  9. weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
  10. drooping eyelids
  11. any other change in the way your face normally looks
  12. are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby.
  13. are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk.

What is Botox used for?

Botox is typically used as an antiwrinkle treatment in the following areas:

  • Forehead lines.
  • Frown lines.
  • Eyebrow reshaping.
  • Bunny lines.
  • Gummy smiles.
  • Crows feet.
  • Lip lines.
  • Dimpled chin.
  • Marionette lines.
  • Platysmal bands.

Botox treatment areas

How long does itlast?

The effects of treatment will usually last between 4 and 6 months.

Does it hurt?

Any discomfort from the Botox is usually minimal and brief. Your practitioner may none the area to be treated prior to injecting the Botox. A cold pack or numbing anaesthetic cream may be used.

What does Botox feel like?

Botox won’t radically change your facial appearance, you won’t feel as though you have had a huge amount of work done and a full facelift. Botox works very specifically on just the muscles into which it has been injected. You will still be able to smile, laugh and frown after you have had Botox. The treatment usually lasts approximately 20 min.

Does Botox stop sweating?

Whilst Botox is not a miracle cure for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) it can have a dramatic effect and improve the symptoms immediately. The injections work by blocking the nerve action around the sweat glands located under your arms. The Botox is injected under your arms in a grid like pattern in a procedure which lasts approximately 30 min. The effects last between 6 and 12 months.

Does Botox wear off?

Yes, the effects of Botox wear off and you will be required to have top ups if you wish the results to continue.

How long does it take to wear off?

When used to treat facial lines and wrinkles Botox lasts between 4 and 6 months, it last a little longer, up to 12 months, if it is used to treat hyperhidrosis.

Does Botox stop blushing?

No, Botox does not help with blushing or hot flushes.

Does Botox lift eyebrows?

Yes. Our eyes and brows can be pulled down by the action of the muscles around our eyes. As we age this is exacerbated. Botox injections work by relaxing the muscles around your eyes and this results in a temporary inhibition of their movement and they no longer pull your eyes down.

What are the side effects?

Side-effects are rare but can include infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling and localised pain. An experienced Botox practitioner will be able to keep all of these to a minimum.

Can it be used for migraines?

Yes. Botox was approved for migraine use in 2010. Because migraines are often chronic the treatment is given every 12 weeks approximately, it takes around 15 min each time to give the injections. When your muscles contract they release a chemical, Botox blocks this release and prevents the contraction of these muscles, this causes the muscles to become less stiff and it is thought that it is these muscles which are sensitive to pain, because they are less stiff they are less painful.

Botox or fillers?

Botox and fillers are typically used in different ways. Botox blocks the nerve receptors which prevent muscles from moving, if the lines and wrinkles caused by this muscle movement in Botox will help. Fillers fill in deeper lines and crevices around your face, typically these lines are not caused by muscle movement. Fillers and Botox may be used in conjunction to rejuvenate your face.

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