Skincare Science explains: What is botox and ‘baby’ botox?
This post was written by Dr Adil Sarwar on April 17, 2018
What is Botox? In the world of cosmetic surgery, Botox is one of the most popular treatments globally. It is
most commonly used to relieve facial lines and wrinkles, but it has other uses and benefits.
Here we explain exactly what botox is, what ‘baby botox’ is and why it’s so popular, plus some
tips for what to look out for when choosing a botox practitioner.
What is Botox?
Botox is produced by the bacteria ‘clostridium botulinum’. At a microscopic level, the toxin
blocks the release of acetylcholine from nerves, leading to slight paralysis of the muscle. For
cosmetic purposes, we use this to our advantage to reduce lines and wrinkles. As we get older,
the contraction of the muscles in the upper third of our face produces resting lines and wrinkles
in the forehead, mainly between and around the eyes. Botox injections between our eyes
(“frown lines”) and around our eyes (“crows feet lines”) cause the muscles to contract, reducing
the appearance of wrinkles. Which is what makes these botulinum toxin injections such a
popular cosmetic treatment choice for so many patients.
Botox treatments: how do we do it?
First of all, Dr Sarwar carefully marks the injection site(s), then the facial muscles can be
injected with botox. Injections take no longer than ten minutes, and results kick in after seven
days, with the maximum result achieved after fourteen days. As the botox works to soften the
velocity of the muscle contraction, a softer appearance of lines and wrinkles in the upper third
of the face starts to show.
What is ‘baby’ Botox?
Although we can help to virtually eliminate all lines and wrinkles, the majority of patients prefer
a softer and more natural look. This is what we call ‘baby’ botox. This treatment method results
in the maintenance of some facial expression, whilst softening lines and wrinkles. With ‘baby’
botox, the face will not appear ‘frozen’ (although this look can be achieved if preferred). Most
actors and actresses opt for ‘baby’ botox, as maintenance of some facial expression is crucial
for their roles.
Consider ‘preventative’ Botox
Some patients prefer to start Botox treatments at an earlier stage as a preventative measure,
known as ‘preventative botox’. This helps to avert strong lines forming in later life and is
especially popular with frequent gym attendees or bodybuilders. These patients find that whilst
lifting weights they exaggerate facial expressions, resulting in premature wrinkle formation in
the upper third of the face.
At what age can I start Botox injections?
At Skincare Science Clinic, we find that Botox treatments are our most popular for patients over
the age of 25. Although a cohort of patients do require botox at an earlier age. For example,
flight attendants normally require Botox at a young age, due to their increased exposure to UV
radiation whilst flying. However, we never treat patients under the age of 18, and no reputable
What to consider when choosing a Botox practitioner?
There are important things to bear in mind when choosing a practitioner for botox treatments.
The most important factors include; the number of years of experience, whether they offer
complimentary reviews or top-up treatments, and whether they have the qualifications to deal
with any potential botox complications. At Skin Science Clinic, we inject botox using ultra
premium, thin Japanese needles. This approach results in a pain-free experience compared to
other needles, traditionally used in the UK for Botox injections. It is also important to note we
never ‘share’ botox vials between patients. So you can be assured that your procedure is
completely aseptic and sterile, with no risk of cross-contamination.
How much can I expect to pay for Botox?
Most patients require botox three to four times a year, and so the price is an important factor.
We charge £359 for botox in three areas, £289 for two areas and £199 for one area. These botox
prices includes top-up and review appointments, absolutely free of charge. We believe in
charging for a complete result and not for the product itself. Our prices are the same for male
and female patients considering this type of cosmetic surgery and we encourage anyone
interested to come along for a consultation.
Are there any side effects of Botox?
There are potential short-term side effects from botulinum toxin type injections, including mild
bruising and swelling. Bruising of the treated area normally lasts no more than seven days, and
can most often be covered with makeup. In rare cases, more serious complications include
inadvertent over-paralysis of eye muscles, dystonia, and life-threatening anaphylaxis (allergic
reaction). These are all very rare. At Skincare Science Clinic we have never experienced these
side effects in any of our patients. We advise that exercise should be avoided for a few hours
following the treatment. We have found alcohol consumption or smoking to have no effect on
the desired results. But, if any side effects seem to be abnormale, we advise to contact us and
seek medical attention as required.
I have recently produced a blog that tackles the 5 most common Botox Myths.
Can Botox be used for wrinkles on the neck?
Botox can also be used in other treatments to improve facial appearance. This includes
tightening of the neck and reducing the severity of platysmal bands, known as the ‘nefertiti lift’.
Very often, patients over the age of forty concentrate on their facial appearance and forget the
importance of maintaining a smooth, wrinkle-free neck.
Are there any other uses of Botox?
Botox can also be used to achieve a “brow lift“‘ which helps to improve the appearance of the
eyebrows, by lifting the apex and the tail of the brow.
Non-facial uses of Botox include; Botox for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) from the
armpit area. Of course, it is normal for people to sweat, however, some people sweat
excessively. This can reduce their confidence and can have a detrimental effect on their work
and mental health. The NHS provision for such patients is poor, with prescription deodorants
often being the only option offered to distressed patients. Botox injections in the armpits leads
to a significant reduction in sweat production from the armpit. This procedure requires some
topical anaesthesia, and in total takes no longer than thirty minutes.
Get in touch with Dr Sarwar at Skincare Science Clinic
If you are interested in any type of botox treatment, contact us for a consultation. This involves
and in-depth discussion with Dr Sarwar (including mirrors and photography where needed) to
explain things thoroughly, based on your treatment needs.