The desire for beauty has pre occupied the human race from the beginning of time. Throughout the ages, different societies have used different methods to help achieve their ideal beauty. From scars and tattoos to eye drops containing deadly toxins to dilate the pupils we have consistently attempted to hold back the years and to appear more youthful.
The use of poisons is therefore nothing new. Clostridium botulinum has prompted many questions and some very justified. It must always be used in the hands of trained professionals with evidence of clinical success. An experienced clinician will never object to questioning about training and skills in this very popular area of cosmetic treatment.
Botox® has been used for many years to alleviate many medical conditions, e.g. spasticity, involuntary closure of the eye and many others. Its use in cosmetic markets was believed to be 1990.
The make up of for Botox® is very similar to the tetanus jab we all have experienced. Botox® stops the transmission of the nerve impulse to part of the muscle that is causing the fine lines. At the Whyte House we always do a consultation as it is important to establish the effects you want to achieve. Personally I like a small amount of movement so avoiding the frozen appearance.
There is an intricate balance of muscle movement in the face. Dentists are highly trained in the muscles of the head and neck and so are well studied in this area. If the balances are not realised and applied inappropriately the effects can be the drooping eye lid we hear about regularly.
Botox® is mainly used around the upper face to remove the appearance of the frown lines, the lines on the forehead and the crow’s feet. I prefer to avoid Botox® in the lower face as it can affect muscles of facial expression. Sometimes Botox® on the upper lip is effective for fine smoker’s lines but cases have to be selected very carefully.
Botox® is administered with the use of fine needles. It is not painful and cream can be applied to stop the scratch that can be felt on application.
The effects can last from 4 to 6 months. It can work very well in conjunction with filler which is another anti wrinkle treatment carried out at the Whyte House.
Dr Grant has had a huge demand for corrective/medical uses for Botox®. He has completed an advanced course in Oxford. You can book in and have under arm hyperhydrosis (sweating) treated as well as hyperhydrosis of hands and feet.
His experience of lower face injections led him to rejuvenation of the lower face procedures. These include turning up the corners of your mouth and sagging of the neck treatments.
Dr Grant will go through the full treatments for Botox®, your requirements and expectations during your consultation.
It is so difficult choosing the correct procedure, the right product and the clinician to treat you.
All these concerns are not only justified but vital in establishing the way forward in the field of facial cosmetics.
There have been so many television celebrities who have alarmed the public with the result of their treatment. The trout pout, the fish lips are but two horrifying examples of what patients really want to avoid. On many occasions patients have said they only want to look a little different and not to have their colleagues made aware of their desire to hold back the years. The truth is the treatment has become so popular their colleagues are probably having the treatment done and with a similar mind set.
To be honest, I would like you to look different, but better and to your satisfaction. This is why at the Whyte House we carry out a consultation to establish your expectations, measure your muscle activity and build a treatment that suits you.
Filler is believed to be the healthy alternative to Botox®. I like using this product whether it is Restylane, Collagen, hydra fill or the latest Juvederm, in the lower face around the lips and cheeks. It has little effect on the muscles of facial expression and with the use of dental anaesthesia is painless. There are always new products on the market but I always use the ones that are tried and tested. The ones that have had extensive clinical trials, the ones that patients recommend and help build my client base. Personal referrals have been my most successful form of advertising and for that I am sincerely grateful.
Lips can be re shaped putting back the scaffolding that was there years ago. Lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth, or from the corners of the mouth to the chin, can all be softened if not removed.
Filler replaces the tissue that is under the wrinkle/line. The treatment can last from 9 to 15 months.
See the results for yourself in our Facial before & after gallery.