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Botulinum toxin injections relax the muscles in your face to smooth out lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines.

It’s not permanent – it usually lasts for around 3 or 4 months.

Botulinum toxin can only be prescribed in a face-to-face meeting by a qualified medical practitioner, such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber or nurse prescriber.

The person prescribing botulinum toxin is responsible for making sure it’s given safely.

What having Botox involves

Your face will be cleaned and botulinum toxin will be injected into muscles in your face using a very fine needle.

You’ll need injections in different places, depending on the area being treated. You’ll be asked to move the muscles in your face to help find the best place for the injections.

It usually takes about 10 minutes.

Afterwards

You will not see a change straight away. It takes about 2 or 3 days to start working, and 2 to 3 weeks to see the full effect.

Do not massage or rub your face for 3 days. Also, avoid vigorous exercise, sunbathing (including using sunbeds), and the sauna for 2 weeks. During your appointment you will receive more advice about what you should and should not do.

The effects usually last for about 4 to 6 months.

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