Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens at your Treatment?
The doctor will conduct a face to face consultation. You will need to share your medical history, undertake a full skin analysis, ask any questions and as much time as you need to consider whether to go ahead with the treatment or cancel.
You will be asked to sign the standard consent form. The form details the treatment you will have, cost, the fact that you have had a consultation and a cooling off period and that the risk of side effects and likely results having been explained to you.
Before and after photos will be taken to check the pre and post results of the treatment. The photos will not be used for any other purpose and will be confidentially held in your client file for 7 years before they are destroyed. This is an industry and insurance requirement.
The doctor will then carry out the treatment, first cleaning the skin, then applying a topical local anesthetic to the area to be treated. The doctor will then inject the treatment area with Botox® or Bocouture depending on your preference. The number of units used and injections will depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Your doctor will have explained this to you in full at the consultation stage.
Treatment times vary, but are usually no longer than 30 - 60 minutes.
Following the treatment, the doctor will explain any aftercare required. Botox® and Bocouture have little if any downtime, so you should be able to go about your daily business as usual.
9. Full payment for the treatment will be taken.
10. A two week follow up call will be scheduled so that the doctors can ensure you are happy with your results. If a top is required this will be free of charge with Botox® and with Bocouture charged at £30 as an add-on if required.
11. Our dedicated aftercare team will be on hand to assist you post-treatment. You can call us on 0161 833 1423
What Should I Tell The Doctor At A Botox Or Dermal Filler Consultation? :
Pre-existing medical conditions and medical history
Muscle weakness or nerve conditions such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome,
Any allergies to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® and Bocouture
Have had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA);
Have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Any plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles: trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
Any medications you are taking including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and herbal products.
Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received);
have recently received an antibiotic by injection
take muscle relaxants;
take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.
Are Botox® and Bocouture Permanent Treatments?
Botox® and Bocouture are temporary treatment, the effects lasting from 3 to 4 months on average. Treatments must be repeated at intervals in order to maintain the desired results.
Why are some Botox® and Dermal Filler Providers Less Expensive Than Others?
Less expensive botox treatments and dermal fillers are more likely to be administered by nurses, dentists and non-medically trained individuals such as beauticians. At AMA you are in the safe hands of fully qualified surgeon and doctors. We believe only medical professionals with a full knowledge of facial anatomy should administer these treatments.
Cheaper treatments may indicate the use of less expensive products using botulinum toxin or lesser grade fillers that may not be as safe or effective as the real Botox® Cosmetic or superior grade dermal fillers.
Is Botox® and Bocouture Safe?
Botox® and Bocouture are prescription medicines and as such do have risks including side effects that can range from minor to severe.
It is important to speak your doctor about Botox® and Bocouture injection side effects and to fully disclose your medical history prior to any treatment. More side effects and risks can be found in the Informed Medical Consent Form that we can email to you prior to consultation upon request.
Will I look like I have had a non-surgical cosmetic treatment or Botox®/Bocouture?
Botox® and Bocouture treatments, if administered well by an experienced medical professional, should ensure subtle and natural results.
Dermal fillers can result in a more obvious visible change to the face, depending on the area treated and amount used. Make sure you discuss the results you want to achieve with your doctor prior to treatment.
Do Botox®/Bocouture and Filler treatments hurt?
Botox® and Bocouture injections are usually painless, though some patients may experience some discomfort when the needle enters the epidermis. Dermal fillers can cause discomfort, therefore, our doctors apply a thin layer of topical anesthetic cream to the areas to be treated to help ensure minimal discomfort. Usually there is no or minimal bruising.
How Long Will A Treatment Usually Take?
How long treatments take depend on the treatment (fillers take longer than botox to administer), a full medical and skin consultation and treatment can take approximately 35-60 minutes.
What is the average recovery time/downtime for a Botox® and Bocouture treatment or Fillers?
Botox®and Bocouture injections require minimum downtime, therefore you should be able to return to your daily routine almost straightaway. Your doctor will discuss aftercare with you at the time of the treatment if the doctor feels you require additional downtime this will be notified to you. Dermal fillers will take longer to settle as the skin can swell and look a little red after treatment. This usually goes down after a few hours but to be on the safe side its best to allow two days before a big event.
How popular are Men's Botox® and Bocouture treaments?
Botox treatments for men are growing in popularity. Treatments for men have increased 273% between 1997 and 2014. In 2014 over 1 million Botox® treatments were carried out for men in the United States. On average 10% of all treatments carried out were on men.
Botox for men is commonly used to treat forehead lines, crows feet, frown lines and excessive sweating. Reasons for having botox injections include the desire to look more youthful for professional reasons, such as promotions, a more competitive edge and improving relationship prospects. With the increase in popularity of hair transplants men are now looking to other treatments for youthful, subtle and fresh results.
Is Botox® and Bocouture for me?
Suitability for Botox® and Bocouture injections will be discussed and determined by you and the doctor after a full consultation. As a general rule, treatments are not offered to patients who have certain pre-existing medical conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, are under 21 years of age or taking certain anti-inflammatory medicines. Patients also need to have realistic expectations of results. Botox can be used on adults of all ages.
Botox works best on the early signs of ageing, when fine lines and wrinkles first become noticeable. This can be during the late 20s or early 30's. As we age, wrinkles become deeper and more pronounced and these deeper wrinkles and folds require larger doses of Botox in conjunction with other treatments.
How Much Do Treatments Cost?
Please refer to our treatments price list for further details or contact us for further information. Treatment prices include: travel for the doctor and their assistant to visit you, prepare your space, treatment by the doctor or surgeon, aftercare and consultations.
What Should I Ask At a Botox®/Bocouture or Dermal Filler Treatment?
At your botox treatment be sure to ask the person treating you:
To see the bottle so that you can check the brand of botulinum toxin being used. If they say it's Botox® it should say Botox® by Allergan on the bottle and on the box. If they say it's Juvederm® it should say so on the packaging. It is vital to know what products are being injected into your skin as some products may not be safe and can be harmful.
Don't be afraid to ask your practitioner whether they are medically qualified and whether they are a doctor, surgeon, dentist or nurse. If you are being treated by a non-medical professional such as a beautician, don't go ahead with the treatment and ask for a doctor, nurse or dentist to administer your treatment. Beauticians, even after a doctors consultation, are not medically trained.
Make sure that you feel comfortable with your botox practitioner and that you have asked any questions that you need to prior to the treatment.
What Should I do Prior to Treatment?:
Ensure that no alcohol is consumed for the day of treatment including at least 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid direct sunlight/sun bathing on the day of treatment.
Ensure skin is clean and free of make and the areas to be treated are not near any broken skin.
Do not take any Ibuprofen or such other anti-inflammatory medications at least one week before treatment. If you are under medical supervision consult your GP.