Here at White Swan Aesthetics, our highly experienced and medically qualified doctors have been performing Botox treatments for over 10 years. During this time we’ve treated thousands of clients and of course we are asked questions around Botox all the time. The basic thing to keep in mind is that Botulinum Toxin (Botox) can only be prescribed in a face to face meeting by a suitably qualified medical practitioner. 

With that said, here are the most frequently asked questions we receive about Botox treatments:

  1. What is Botox?
    • Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
  2. How does Botox work?
    • Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that signals muscle contraction. This results in temporary muscle paralysis, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  3. Is Botox safe?
    • When administered by a qualified professional, Botox is generally considered safe. However, it can cause side effects, and improper treatment can lead to complications.
  4. What are the uses of Botox?
    • Botox is used for cosmetic purposes, such as reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and for medical conditions like chronic migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), muscle spasticity, and certain eye disorders.
  5. How long does Botox last?
    • The effects of Botox typically last between 3 to 6 months, after which the treated muscles gradually regain their function, and the wrinkles may return.
  6. What areas can be treated with Botox?
    • Common areas treated with Botox include the forehead, crow’s feet (around the eyes), frown lines (between the eyebrows), neck, and jawline.
  7. Who is a good candidate for Botox?
    • Good candidates are typically adults in good health with realistic expectations, looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They should not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain neurological conditions.
  8. What should I expect during a Botox treatment?
    • During the treatment, a small amount of Botox is injected into the targeted muscles using a fine needle. The procedure usually takes about 10-15 minutes and involves minimal discomfort.
  9. How quickly will I see results from Botox?
    • Initial results can be seen within 24 to 48 hours, with full effects typically visible within 7 to 14 days.
  10. Are there any side effects of Botox?
    • Common side effects include mild pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Rare side effects can include headache, flu-like symptoms, and temporary drooping of the eyelid or brow.
  11. Can Botox prevent wrinkles?
    • Yes, Botox can prevent the formation of new wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles that cause them.
  12. How much does Botox cost?
    • The cost of Botox varies depending on the number of units used, the treatment area, and the location and expertise of the practitioner. At White Swan Aesthetics a typical session will cost from around £200
  13. How often can I get Botox treatments?
    • Botox treatments can be repeated every 3 to 6 months as the effects wear off. However, the frequency should be based on your individual needs and a our doctors’ recommendations.
  14. Is Botox painful?
    • Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the injections, often described as a slight pinching or stinging sensation.
  15. Can I exercise after receiving Botox?
    • It is generally recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after receiving Botox to prevent the toxin from spreading to unintended areas.
  16. What should I avoid after Botox injections?
    • After Botox, avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas, lying down for a few hours, and exposure to excessive heat, such as saunas or hot tubs, for at least 24 hours.
  17. How do I prepare for a Botox appointment?
    • To prepare, avoid blood-thinning medications and alcohol for a few days before the appointment, and inform your provider of any medications or medical conditions.
  18. What is the difference between Botox and fillers?
    • Botox relaxes muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers add volume to the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Fillers are often used for areas like the cheeks and lips.
  19. Can Botox be used for medical conditions?
    • Yes, Botox is used to treat medical conditions such as chronic migraines, hyperhidrosis, muscle spasticity, overactive bladder, and certain eye disorders like strabismus and blepharospasm.
  20. What should I do if I have a bad reaction to Botox?
    • If you experience a severe reaction, such as difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking, seek immediate medical attention. For less severe side effects, contact us for advice.
  21. How do I find a qualified Botox provider?
    • Look for licensed medical professionals, such as dermatologists, dentists or plastic surgeons, with experience in administering Botox. Check reviews and ask for before-and-after photos of previous patients.
  22. What is the recovery time after Botox?
    • There is minimal downtime after Botox. Most people can resume normal activities immediately, but should avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.
  23. Can I wear makeup after Botox injections?
    • Yes, you can apply makeup after Botox, but it’s best to wait at least 4 hours to avoid pressing on the injection sites.
  24. Are there any long-term effects of using Botox?
    • Long-term use of Botox is generally considered safe when administered correctly by a medically qualified practitioner. Some people may develop resistance to Botox over time, requiring higher doses or alternative treatments.
  25. Can Botox be combined with other treatments?
    • Yes, Botox can be combined with other cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers, chemical peels, and laser treatments for enhanced results.
  26. What is a Botox “unit”?
    • A Botox “unit” is a measurement of the biological activity of the toxin. The number of units required varies by treatment area and individual needs.
  27. How do I know if I need Botox or another treatment?
    • A consultation with one of our doctors can help determine if Botox or another treatment is best for your concerns based on your skin condition and desired outcomes. We offer a free 15 minute consultation.
  28. What are the risks of Botox?
    • Risks include bruising, swelling, headache, flu-like symptoms, and rare complications like drooping eyelids or eyebrows if the toxin spreads to unintended areas.
  29. Can Botox lift eyebrows?
    • Yes, Botox can create a subtle brow lift by relaxing the muscles that pull the eyebrows downward, resulting in a more open and youthful eye appearance.
  30. Does Botox work on all skin types?
    • Yes, Botox is effective on all skin types, as it targets muscle activity beneath the skin rather than the skin itself.
  31. What are the alternatives to Botox?
    • Alternatives include dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, microneedling, and topical treatments with ingredients like retinoids.
  32. Can Botox cause muscle weakness?
    • Botox can cause temporary muscle weakness in the treated area, which is the desired effect for reducing wrinkles. Systemic muscle weakness is rare but possible if the toxin spreads.
  33. How long do Botox appointments usually take?
    • Botox appointments typically take about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.
  34. Will my face look frozen after Botox?
    • When administered properly, Botox should not result in a frozen look. It aims to reduce dynamic wrinkles while maintaining natural facial expressions.
  35. Can Botox help with migraines?
    • Yes, Botox is approved in the UK for the treatment of chronic migraines and can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
  36. How do I maintain my Botox results?
    • To maintain results, schedule regular follow-up treatments every 3 to 6 months and follow your provider’s aftercare instructions.
  37. Is there an age limit for getting Botox?
    • There is no specific age limit, but Botox is typically recommended for adults. We assess candidates based on individual skin condition and health.
  38. Can men get Botox?
    • Yes, men can and do get Botox. The treatment is effective for both men and women seeking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  39. What happens if I stop using Botox?
    • If you stop using Botox, your muscles will gradually regain their function, and wrinkles will reappear as they did before treatment.
  40. Can Botox be used on the neck?
    • Yes, Botox can be used to treat neck bands and lines, a procedure often referred to as a “Nefertiti lift.”
  41. Are there any contraindications for Botox?
    • Contraindications include pregnancy, breastfeeding, certain neurological conditions, and allergies to Botox ingredients.
  42. Can Botox help with excessive sweating?
    • Yes, Botox is approved for treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in areas like the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet.
  43. What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
    • Botox and Dysport are both botulinum toxin products, but they differ in formulation and diffusion properties. Dysport spreads more, which may be better for larger areas.
  44. Can Botox be used for a gummy smile?
    • Yes, Botox can be injected into the muscles that lift the upper lip to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
  45. How should I sleep after Botox?
    • It is recommended to sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first night after Botox to prevent the toxin from migrating.
  46. Can Botox migrate to other parts of the body?
    • Botox migration is rare but can occur if the treated area is massaged or manipulated shortly after injection.
  47. Is there any downtime after Botox?
    • There is minimal downtime; most people resume normal activities immediately but should avoid vigorous exercise and touching the treated area for 24 hours.
  48. Can I get Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding?
    • Botox is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to a lack of studies on its safety in these conditions.
  49. How soon before an event should I get Botox?
    • It is best to get Botox at least 2 weeks before a major event to allow time for the full effects to develop and any potential side effects to subside.
  50. Does Botox work immediately on everyone?
    • Results vary; some people may see initial effects within a few days, while others may need up to 2 weeks for full results.


Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions. The White Swan Aesthetics team are waiting to help.