Month: July 2013

botox – do I need to keep on having it?

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about whether you have to keep on having botox.

 

Many patients are slightly worried that if they ever decide to sop having botox, they will be in a worse position than they started off with.

 

There is no pressure to keep on having botox. Having botox can be compared to taking a holiday where you relax and the muscles are less stressed. In another 3/6 months you feel you need another break and this is similar to the regular botox injections.

 

If you ever decide to stop having botox, then you will go back to where you would have been, as though you never had the treatment. A way to look at it, is that botox freezes time.

 

It is very rare for someone to stop having botox because they don’t like the look. The results are very impressive and when you have been used to a smoother younger looking complexion, when the effects of botox wear off, you want to go back to that wrinkle free look as soon as possible.

 

The more regular botox treatments yo have the better the final result should be. Its like the opposite to going to the gym. You have not been working that muscle for months and eventually it gets weaker over a period of time.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please call us on 01438 300111.

 

botox and migraines

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about how botox can reduce headaches and migraines.

 

Earlier this year there were reports and stories about how the NHS had approved the use of botox to treat certain migraines in certain patients.

 

As we know botox works by relaxing the muscle. Certain headaches and migraines are caused by the muscles becoming tight. So it would make sense, that if botox can relax certain muscles, then in certain patients their headaches or migraines would either be reduced or eliminated altogether.

 

Unless you suffer from migraines, it is hard to imagine what these patients have to go through on a regular basis and it severely disrupts their lives.

 

Any potential remedy is a good thing and as we learn more about this aspect of botox, we will be able to vary our protocol to achieve much better results.

 

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please call us on 01438 300111.

 

botox and how to reverse a ‘sad face’

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about how botox works to reverse the ‘sad face’ look.

 

As we know botox works by reducing or eliminating muscles from contracting. It is normally used in the upper third of the face and will treat areas such as the forehead, frown and eyes.

 

As we learnt more about how botox worked and what results we would expect , it started to be used in the lower face. Treating the lower face with botox should only be carried out by experienced practitioners as it is less forgiving than the upper third if you make a mistake.

 

In the upper third of the face, the muscles are relatively large and if the botox spreads there is normally no real harm done. However the muscles in the lower face are much smaller and there are a lot more interacting muscles. Therefore is you either inject in the wrong muscle or the botox spreads to a  different muscle, you will experience complications.

 

Now the sad look is created by a set of muscles pulling down the corners of your mouth. By injecting botox into these muscles, you relax the downward pull these muscles have created and the corners of the mouth begin to lift. You wont get a huge difference, but it will be noticeable to you.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please call us on 01438 300111.

 

botox and tear troughs

 

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about how safe is having your tear trough treated.

 

Many patients are concerned with the appearance of their lines or skin directly under the eye. Once they have seen me for botox in the upper third of the face, their eyes get automatically drawn to the eye area.

 

Botox® is not given directly under the eyes as there is no muscle there. So we would normally look at some type of filler. The skin is very thin so we have to be careful which filler we use.

 

There are some major structures around the eye, so a detailed knowledge of the anatomy needs to be understood before a practitioner starts thinking about treating this area.

 

A common area that patients want correcting is the tear trough region. This sometimes becomes hollow. This is die to the bone under this area resorbing as we get older and then the skin following this bone.

 

Patients comment on stories that have seen or read of people going blind after having their tear troughs treated. This can happen, but is extremely rare. Other complications can include, but are not limited to, swelling, bruising, redness, lumpiness and itchiness.

 

My treatment protocol is always to under treat the tear trough area with filler and then review later where more can be added. In addition if you have over corrected a particular area, you can inject here to breakdown the filler.

 

The good thing about most non surgical facial aesthetic treatments such as botox and dermal fillers, are that they are temporary, nothing is permanent. Therefore we can correct things or allow time to correct any potential complications.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please call us on 01438 300111.

 

botox – what happens at the appointment

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about how long is the initial appointment for botox.

 

Many patients are surprised on how easy, comfortable and quick the botox procedure takes.

 

We would allocate 3 separate appointments for your initial course of botox treatment.

 

The first appointment would be to carry out an assessment and consultation. We would listen to your concerns and what results you desire. We would carry out an assessment and from this outline what we would recommend and what can be achieved. We would then encourage you to go home and spend some time thinking about this. Only once you are ready and absolutely certain we would go to the next stage.

 

The second appointment is where we would undertake the clinical procedure with botox. The actually procedure would only take a few minutes. You will leave with red, slightly swollen marks where the botox has been injected. This would last around 20mins and then would disappear.

 

On the third appointment we would review the results of the botox treatment. This is carried out 2 weeks after the initial appointment. We would administer and botox top ups if required for free at this appointment. My strategy is always to under treat at your first initial visit, as it is always easier to top up after a couple of weeks than give you too much and wait a few months fro it to disappear.

 

So, a relatively easy and straight forward protocol for botox.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please call us on 01438 300111.

 

botox – sharing the knowledge

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in his latest blog explains a little bit about a course he is running with his business partner, Smita Mistry, this upcoming Saturday 20th July.

As well as an active practitioner undertaking facial aesthetic procedures, Harry is fortunate enough to have been invited by Smita Mistry who founded the Facial Aesthetics Academy. This academy teaches the non clinical aspects of Facial Aesthetics.

There are many medical/dental professionals that undertake clinical training in Facial Aesthetics – notably botox and dermal fillers, but then struggle to incorporate and build this aspect into their working day.

We do have some spaces available for this Saturday 20th July and if you are interested, either call me on 07711 731173 or Smita on 07957 455745.

For more information on botox hertfordshire please contact us on 01438 300111.

For more information on our next course please visit www.facialaestheticsacademy.com

botox – no results after a week

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in his latest blog writes about what to do if you see no results a week after your botox treatment.

 

Before we answer this questions, lets explore how botox works and this will guide us on the likely time factor involved before you see the results from your botox procedure.

 

Botox® works at the nerve junction of the muscle selected. It stops the nerve transmitting an impulse to the muscle signaling it to contract. There are many thousands of nerve junctions that need to stop working.

 

On average it will take anything between 5-10 days for all the nerve impulses to stop and that is when you will see the full results of the botox. You may still require a top up of additional botox if the muscles can still     contract.

 

This is also the reason why the effects of botox will last between 3-6 months. The nerves start to rebuild and will start contracting the muscle again, and thats when your lines and wrinkles will reappear.

 

Therefore it is not abnormal not to see any results after a week from the botox treatment. I tell all my patients that it can take up to a maximum of 10 days and I wont give any top ups of botox before this time period. I don’t want to inject a top up whilst the original botox has not completely had tome to work.

 

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please contact us on 01438 300111.

 

botox – what causes droopiness

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in his latest blog writes about why you may have droopiness after botox treatments.

 

I must point out that this is a rare occurrence with botox treatments, however we always remember the times when the results did not go            according to plan. There are a number of reasons why this rare occurrence may appear after your botox treatment.

 

The first is that the forehead may have been over treated with botox. The forehead muscles lift the entire forehead and therefore the yes too. If this is depressed too much with botox, then it wont be able to elevate your forehead and cause depression of the forehead and eye area.

 

The second is that the frown muscle may have been under treated. The frown muscle depresses your forehead and eye area. If this is still allowed to work and the forehead has been frozen, then the forehead and eye area can drop down.

 

The third is that the botox may have spread into the muscles above the eye area. This could have been caused by an incorrect injection technique or it could have been caused by the patient bending their head allowing the botox to spread into these muscles.

 

All is not lost if this drooping effect does happen to you. You may be able to reverse it by injecting some more botox into the frown muscle, encouraging it to lift the forehead and eyes. In rare cases, you may need some eye drops to help reverse the effects of this drooping.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please contact us on 01438 300111.

 

botox under the eyes

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in his latest blog writes about whether botox can treat lines/bags under the eye.

 

Botox® has been used for a number of years to treat successfully areas sucgh as the frown, forehead and crows feet (side of the eyes). As many patients have had these 3 areas treated, they notice under areas of unwanted lines and wrinkles such as under the eyes.

 

Before we discuss whether botox can treat your concerns under the yes, we need to know how botox works. Botox® works by relaxing our muscles so they don’t contract. Therefore anywhere there is a muscle contracting, botox can be used to stop this muscle contracting, with this contraction, our lines and wrinkles are caused.

 

Directly under the eyes, there is not a muscle contracting that causes the lines. So botox is not used for directly under the yes. Also you want some movement int this area, as, if this is frozen by injecting too much laterally to under the eyes, when you smile, you will cause a line running down your cheek.

 

The bagginess under the eye, is caused by loose skin and same again, this cannot be treated with botox.

 

There are alternatives available to treat lines/bagginess under the eyes, such as; creams, laser treatment, surgery, fine fillers and skin products/peels.

 

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please contact us on 01438 300111.

 

botox – will it effect my facial expressions?

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in his latest blog writes about whether your facial expressions will be affected by botox treatments.

 

Many patients are concerned that after their initial botox treatment that they will look false, fake, unnatural and wont be able to move their faces at all.

 

This all stems from celebrities that have been over botoxed and appear on TV looking strange.

 

This is not normal and can be completely avoided. We can vary the strength of the botox administered and the volume of botox given. These 2 variables can allow us to control the look you want to achieve.

 

We can still reduce or even eliminate your unwanted lines and wrinkles, but still allow you to carry out normal facial expressions, so no one can tell you have had botox treatment.

 

I always under dose and new patient I see for the first time. I would rather the patient come back after 2 weeks for a free top up than be over doses initially and look strange.

 

For more information about botox hertfordshire, please contact us on 01438 300111.