This treatment involves the use of tiny amounts of a purified botulinum toxin-A (Botox) protein which has been used in many aspects of medicine for over 20 years. It is a prescription only medicine which can only be prescribed by a doctor or dentist. It has been proven to be of help in many sufferers of MIGRAINE and in some people has been a treatment of choice in endogenous depressive illnesses.
Botox prevents the muscle from contracting allowing the skin to recover and soften. The wrinkle relaxing injections are very specific and only reduce the movement of targeted muscles not affecting untreated muscles so allowing a natural range of facial expression. And it is available at our Stratford Upon Avon clinic.
The procedure takes approximately ten minutes and using a tiny sterile micro-needle, a very small amount of Botox is injected into the face. Discomfort is very minimal and you can resume normal activities immediately afterwards. These treatments are temporary lasting between three to six months; repeat of the treatment would then be required to maintain and improve results.
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles at our Warwickshire Botox Clinic in Stratford Upon Avon
Botox is a simple and straight forward treatment to combat lines and wrinkles. It can be used to combat the appearance of:
One area £250
Two areas £300
Three areas £350
Treatment of an additional area £50
Dr. Kitchen has been administering Collagen dermal implantation in Stratford Upon Avon Warwickshire since 1988 and since the mid-’90′s, the newer generation of synthetic cosmetic fillers such as Restylane, Restylane-Touch/Perlane/VITAL/SkinBoosters and SUB-Q.
Galderma (owned by parent company L’Oreal Paris) have recently produced a new range of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid fillers called EMERVEL especially good for mid-facial volumization and containing local anaesthetic. They merged with Q-Med, the original makers of RESTYLANE, the first company to stabilize Hyaluronic acid, to become a world leader in skin healthcare and aesthetics.
Dr. Kitchen is trained in the administration of Botulinum Toxin (Botox and Dysport,Xeomin and Azzalure), for aesthetic reduction of facial expression lines, upper and lower face and also the neck. Botox has seen an exponential rise in popularity over the last 15 years. Dr Kitchen has a number of house-hold names and famous faces as patients in his portfolio.
Muscle relaxing treatments such as Botox, Dysport and Azzalure are extremely effective in the treatment of lines and wrinkles caused by a lifetime of everyday facial expressions. The upper third of the face responds extremely well to treatment with Botox. As mentioned this is often requested for persistent headaches, neuralgias and migraines. It has been proven to be an effective mood elevator.
As we age there is a marked slowing in the skin’s capacity to renew/repair itself meaning that when the skin is creased in areas of maximum use, these lines eventually become permanent.
Botox increasingly used for psychological benefits including depression.
Botox is a substance derived from botulinum toxin A that temporarily paralyzes muscles.
You’re probably familiar with its use in cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, it’s also been found to help with excessive sweating, migraines, and muscle spasms.
New research suggests that Botox may be an effective treatment for depression. Depression is a common mental health condition marked by ongoing feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Many people use a combination of antidepressant medications and therapy to help manage their symptoms.
However, some people can experience uncomfortable side effects from antidepressants. Often, they have to try a few different antidepressants before finding one that works well for them.
Botox may be an effective treatment option for depression used alongside antidepressants. However, research is still ongoing.
Dr Hugo Kitchen provides Botox clinics in Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire, York, Cardiff, Shrewsbury, Harrogate, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Stafford in Staffordshire
Dr Kitchen’s Stratford Upon Avon Clinic is based on Mansell Street just a short walk from the centre of Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire
15% of all Botox patients are now MEN who are much less shy about enjoying the aesthetic benefits of the increasing range of treatments available.
Many men also use Botox to treat excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis). There are some patients who are resistant to Botox use and Dr Kitchen also offers the British branded DYSPORT which performs exactly the same function, Xeomin from Merz Pharma in Germany and also AZZALURE from Galderma in France.
Men are much less likely to tell their friends about anti wrinkle treatments which is why Dr. Kitchen believes that ‘less is more’ when it comes to anti wrinkle injections.
After some subtle injections friends and family are more likely to think you look ‘well rested’ and ‘healthy’ – rather than ‘frozen’ and ‘plastic’.
Male Botox treatment is available at all clinics including our Botox Stratford Upon Avon Clinic.
Botox is a safe and effective treatment when used by a trained practitioner, such as Dr. Kitchen. Any side effects are generally minor, if they occur at all. When side effects do occur, they’re usually the result of over-treatment. If used in excess, Botox may immobilise too much of your face — or areas of your face you don’t want immobilised, such as your lips.
Botox side effects may include:
Botox is not suitable For:
Botox Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Dermatherapy Clinic
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To book your Botox consultation call our Stratford Upon Avon clinic on 01789 414 289
“It’s a poison”
Botulinum toxin is a poison. But so is pretty much anything if you inject too much of it into you – to actually fatally poison someone with botulinum toxin (Botox) you would have to inject between 50 and 100 vials of the stuff intravenously. There isn’t room in my fridge for that much toxin.
“It’s going to be painful”
Everyone is different with different pain thresholds, but this is a very quick procedure and should not be painful if you see an experienced practitioner. From the first Botox injection to the last it should take about two to three minutes.
“There’s only one option on the market – Botox”
Botox itself is not actually licensed for cosmetic use; it is Vistabel that can be used in cosmetic treatments. There are two companies offering botulinum toxin type A products that have a license for use in facial cosmetic procedures and they are both reputable with good safety profiles.
I prefer to offer my patients Azzalure from Galderma because it is a great product that takes effect very quickly but I also think Galderma looks after its doctors by educating them and is working hard to standardise treatment techniques, which is very desirable.
“I’m worried it will migrate around my body”
It doesn’t float around the body – it enters the nerve endings within ten seconds. Then it takes between 24 hours and two weeks – depending on which product you’re injecting – to switch off the neurosynaptic muscle information system so the muscles relax.
“It can lead to permanent paralysis”
Patients often can’t imagine after their first treatment that it will ever wear off, as it is so effective, but it does. The nerve endings start to sprout again and reattach themselves to the muscle.
We have been using botulinum toxin in amounts that are 100 times greater than that which is injected into your face to treat patients suffering from muscle spasms over the past fifty years. We know what the long-term effects of this product are and there aren’t any – we have a huge safety profile to fall back on.
‘Botox’ has got bad press because there are famous faces getting too much of it and there are practitioners who aren’t properly trained injecting it.
“I’ve heard it can cause droopy eyelids”
This should not occur because it should be obvious at the consultation stage if a patient is suitable for this treatment. There are some people who have too much loose skin on their forehead and you just don’t give them botulinum toxin – their forehead will drop down like an old pair of trousers!
At the consultation you have to test for skin laxity both on the forehead and in the upper and lower lid area by doing the snap test; you pinch the skin and let it go and see how quickly it reverts back into place. “I will end up looking frozen”
It is perfectly possible to have botulinum toxin without totally immobilising the face. Movement and a few lines around the eyes looks sexy and feminine. Generally speaking, that frozen look is caused by too much toxin in the wrong places and that shouldn’t happen anymore thanks to the work done by manufacturers such as Galderma.
Although not the law in the UK, in France and other countries in Europe each vial should be single use and then you dispose of it. Galderma only produce vials that have single use so there is no margin for error. The syringes Galderma produce are marked on one side with the exact quantities that you need to dilute the product and on the other side the syringe is marked with exactly the right amount that you’re supposed to inject in each area.
Galderma also established a botulinum toxin working group to do anatomical studies to guide practitioners in the use of this drug; exactly where and how deep to inject it and what dosage. They believe in educating their doctors and I have certainly benefited from the training they offer.
I have been running my clinic for 21 years and I was happy with the results I achieved before but now I think I’m getting even better results with Azzalure. A doctor would have to be very arrogant not to take advantage of the training and the opportunity to improve.
“It can have a cumulative effect”
This toxin has been around for fifty years and we know it has no cumulative effect. However, it can have some long-term effects.
When we see a patient for the first time it is like the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles have been trained in the gym – they are strong because they have been in daily use. Once the botulinum toxin has dissipated then the muscles will revert back to how they were before but with repeated treatments then you do start to see these muscles become retrained as they are not in constant use – it is the same effect that you would get in other muscles if you stopped going to the gym. Over time they would become less bulky and weaker.
So the time between treatments can get longer but that is fine with me – yes, it means less money but I’m happy about that because it gives me a good reputation with my patients.