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What is Botox®?

The ageing process causes the slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin. As we get older certain areas of over-use (such as around the eyes and mouth) become damaged and the lines become more permanent. Botox (Botulinum Type A) has been found to counteract this affect by reducing movement of muscles in these areas. Botox is injected directly into problematic areas and works by stopping the skin being creased, allowing it to recover. This subsequently causes facial lines to soften or even fade away.



How long does Botox® take?

The procedure generally only takes a few minutes, which allows patients to schedule appointments during their lunch hour.


How long does Botox® last?

On average Botox lasts around four to six months. After further injections, the skin is able to regenerate the collagen needed to fill facial lines and wrinkles. However, first time patients can expect the effects of the treatment to wear off faster.


Does Botox® hurt?

Most people only experience a mild temporary discomfort. The sensation is often compared to the sting of an ant bite and usually lasts only a few seconds. There is a slight redness immediately after which settles within a few hours and application of ice helps and is easily covered with make-up. There is virtually no recovery period after our treatments, and most patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately. Within 4 hours of the treatment people are advised not to do vigorous exercise, drink excessive alcohol or lie down flat. Otherwise, life can carry on as normal.


What else can Botox® be used for?

Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.

Excessive Sweating

Patient Information

Botox has been approved for cosmetic use and has been used for over 30 years without any known long term problems. However, patients should be aware that Botox is a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and as such the promotion/advertising of these or any similar products or POMs is technically prohibited. The appropriate management for a condition in an individual patient is for the prescriber and patient jointly to consider. Cosmetic injections should only be used if the potential risks have been discussed with the patients, the treatment is appropriate and when other treatment options have been discussed.

All treatments provided by IGP are administered by qualified, GMC registered Private Doctors. Our clinics in Cardiff, Bristol & Swansea have been inspected and subsequently registered with the appropriate Healthcare Inspectorate. What this ultimately means is that not only are we trained in Facial Aesthetics Treatments, we also have the medical knowledge and expertise that is essential for assessing and providing the most appropriate treatment for you. Treatments should only ever be administered by trained medical professionals.

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