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Botulinum is a neurotoxin that affects nerves and causes the muscles to ‘relax’ making it an excellent anti – wrinkle treatment. The treatment is more commonly known as Botox and it is often used in the cosmetic industry to reduce tell-tale signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines to help to create a more youthful look. 

Is Botulinum and Botox® the same?

Botox® is one of the most widely known brands of botulinum toxin injections. It is an FDA-approved aesthetic product that temporarily smooths out moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines in adults.

How does Botulinum work?

The injections work by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the facial muscles that contract and cause wrinkles. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes.

Why is Botulinum used?

The reason why this neurotoxic protein is used is because it is so effective. Injection of small quantities of Botox into specific overactive muscles causes localised muscle relaxation that smooths the overlying skin and reduces wrinkles. The benefits of these injections include:

  • Anti ageing
  • Smoother skin
  • Confidence
  • Enhanced natural beauty
  • Almost immediate results
  • Non invasive
  • Fast procedure
  • Affordable
  • Customisable

Is Botox safe?

Botox treatment has been used safely for over 40 years in a range of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy. Like most medical procedures, there are some potential risks to be aware of although they are rare, during our consultation we will discuss any contraindications with you. The products we use have a high safety record and we ourselves have seen no serious side effects to dat. Added to this, all the practioners at Dr Hennessy’s Clinics have a wealth of medical and aesthetic experience as well as Dr Hennessy himself being a training for the leading product manufacturers.

What is the aftercare of Botulinum injections?

Since the procedure involves carefully injecting the protein into particular areas of the face, it is important that following the treatment you do not rub the treated area. This is important in allowing the botulinum to remain at the injection site and not to be accidentally moved to another area i.e. the eyes. Immediately after the treatment you should not have any beauty facial treatments, power showers to the face or participate in high intensity exercise for 12 hours.

During the consultation and again during the treatment, you will be given instructions from your practitioner on the exact aftercare recommendations of your treatment. 

How long does Botox last?

Generally, Botox takes 5-7 days for results to show and over the following months results can become even more apparent. The results can vary depending on the individual, although they do have a relatively short term impact lasting 3 to 4 months before needing to be re-treated. The more of these procedures you have, the more your face muscles react and ‘heal’ which results in less wrinkles over time.

Why use Dr Hennessy for Botulinum injections?

When getting any treatment, having peace of mind that your practitioner is qualified and experienced is to be expected. This is why Dr Hennessy Clinics only employ qualified health care professionals. All of our clinics are exceptionally safe, with top-of-the-line facilities and equipment. All of our non-surgical procedures are carried out personally by cosmetic facial rejuvenation expert Dr Stephen Hennessy BDS and Dr Sarah Hills.

You can have Botox injections with confidence knowing that you are in safe hands with Dr Hennessy. During his career he has been an honorary clinical tutor for UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) on the MSc program in facial aesthetics and the trainer in advanced procedures for Galderma at London’s Royal College of Surgeons. He was also BBC Radio Lancashire’s expert for facial rejuvenation and cosmetic dentistry. Since 2000 he has performed many thousands of skin treatments to enhance and restore facial skin. He is also a KOL for Galderma and is a northern trainer for this leading aesthetic company. 

How much do Botox injections cost?

We offer a range of anti-wrinkle treatments to suit each individual. This includes:

  • Forehead
  • Mini botox
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Smokers lines
  • Corners of mouth 
  • 1 area (eyes or frown lines)
  • 2 areas
  • 3 areas

The cost of Botox injections ultimately depends on the practitioner, the clinic and the clinic’s location. At Dr Hennessy clinics, prices start from £50 for the corners of the mouth and smokers lines and increase based on the injection site and amount of Botox required. Forehead prices start at £95 and for multiple areas you can expect the price to increase to as much as £250. Contact us to book your consultation now to find out more.


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