How does BOTOX® work?

Botox® is a purified protein which relaxes muscles by temporarily blocking the message which is sent from the brain to the muscle which makes the muscle contract. It is these muscular contractions that cause the appearance of lines and wrinkles. By preventing the contractions, you prevent the wrinkle formation. The Botox® only stays in the body for about 3-4 days before it is broken down and eliminated.

How long does Botox® take to work and how long does it last?

Most patients begin to notice an effect three to five days after their injections, with full results being visible after 14 days. When injected for cosmetic purposes, BOTOX® lasts four to six months on average, but you can expect the results of your first treatment to wear off slightly faster.

What's the difference between BOTOX® and fillers

Both treatments involve injections, however BOTOX® restrict the muscle contractions which result in wrinkles, while dermal fillers simply plump out the skin and smooth wrinkles. BOTOX® is more suitable for dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles which appear when you move your face) and dermal fillers are recommended for static lines which are present when the face is at rest. Botox is not reversible and the effects can last up to 6 months, whereas Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers may be reversed and depending on the product used, may last up to 18 months. Sometimes the best results can be achieved with a combination of the two treatments.

Can you have BOTOX® whilst pregnant or breast feeding?

No, as in both incidences, the effects on the baby are unknown.

Is BOTOX® prescription only?

BOTOX® is a prescription-only medication that should only be given by an appropriately trained healthcare professional such as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist prescriber or nurse prescriber. Legally the prescriber can delegate the administration of the injections to another person, but they are responsible for ensuring it is given safely. It is important to take the time to find a reputable practitioner who is properly qualified and practices in a clean, safe and appropriate environment. Ensure you always ask the practitioner what they would do if something went wrong.

What areas do you treat with BOTOX®?

  • Forehead lines (Frontalis muscle)
  • Frown lines / Glabella (Corrugator Supercilli and Procerus muscles)
  • Crows feet (Orbicularis Oculi and Procerus muscles)

What are the side effects of BOTOX®?

The possible side effects from BOTOX® can be split into three groups. Side effects from the injection:

  • A small, pin-prick bruise at the site of injection, which commonly disappears within 72 hours
  • Bleeding on the day is normal and will stop before you leave
  • There is a theoretical risk of introducing an infection to the body as you are piercing the skin, however this risk is minimal.
  • Redness is normal and can last up to 30-40 mins after the injection.
Side effects from the product:
  • Allergic reaction to BOTOX® is rare
  • 1 in 10 may suffer from a headache, and this can be treated how you would usually treat
Side effects from incorrect placement, or movement of toxin
  • Droopy eye lid, dry eye and double vision many be experienced by 1 in 100. However this may be avoided using specific protocols and good technique.
  • 1 in 100 may experience a heavy feeling in their brow
  • 1 in 100 may experience flu like symptoms for 24hrs following injection, such headache and runny nose.
  • Asymmetry may be pre-existing or as the result of a muscle not fully responding. In many cases this may be rectified at your 2 week follow-up appointment.

When should I not have BOTOX®?

During your consultation I will ask a variety of questions to establish whether BOTOX® is suitable for you, however, in general BOTOX® should be avoided in the following situations:

  • If you are allergic to BOTOX® or any other botulinum toxin brand.
  • If you have a skin infections or other condition in the injection area.
  • If you have ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or other disease that affects your muscles or nerves.
  • If you plan to undergo surgery
  • If you have weakness in your forehead muscles
  • If you have drooping eyelids
  • If you are taking certain medications- so please always let your practitioner know about all medications, vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter medications you are taking

What should I do following my treatment?

Research has shown that you can achieve quicker and better results if you use the muscles which have been injected directly after treatment. You should aim to reduce blood flow to the face for 48hrs post treatment to avoid washing the toxin away from its target area before its had a chance to work. You should therefore avoid saunas, steam rooms, exhausting exercise, sunbeds and excessive alcohol.

Will BOTOX® give me botulism?

I always have people ask me if they can get botulism from BOTOX®? The answer is no, you could inject an entire bottle and not get it. However, while this is the case with Allergan's BOTOX®, serious cases of botulism have been connected to non-approved forms of the paralytic. So always be sure you are receiving an FDA-regulated brand. As mentioned above, always ensure you are being treated by a reputable practitioner.



How do Deso face and Deso body injections work?

Deso face and Deso body are the next generation in injectable ‘fat dissolvers’, treating localised pockets of fat. The treatment contains an active ingredient called Sodium Deoxycholate. The fat dissolving injection is injected into the fat with a cannula. The fat is then dissolved, so that it can be removed from the body through the lymphatic system. The ingredients in the injection can take time to work in the tissue area and therefore the process of breaking down the fat can take a few weeks before you start to see the desired results and a more defined you.

Where can Deso face and Deso body injections be used on the body?

Wherever you have stubborn fat, Deso body or Deso face (depending on the area) can be used. Double chins, stomach fat, muffin tops, bingo wings and fat thighs are just a few examples of the types of excess fat that can be removed. The treatment cannot however be used below the ankles, behind the knees or near breast tissue.

Are fat dissolving treatments safe?

Due to the low risk, non-invasive nature of this procedure, the side effects and dangers are limited. Patients may experience the following side effects to varying degrees; itching, redness, swelling, bruising and discomfort.

What To Do Before a fat dissolving treatmenttreatment?

Before you have this treatment, you need to make sure that you are fully informed about the procedure, so you know exactly what you expect. You can go through all of this with the practitioner as well as ask them any questions that you might have.

Make sure that you aren’t taking any kind of anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen for at least five days before you have your treatment. You also want to try and avoid alcohol for a couple of days before your treatment to reduce the risk of any bleeding. Make sure that you have disclosed any and all medication and other relevant medical information.

Are there any side effects?

Following the treatment you may experience redness, swelling, tenderness and itching. This is completely normal and may last for 5-7 days. Side effects will be minimised with the use of compression garments. It should be noted that these side effects may be unnerving when occurring in the chin or neck area. If you have any concerns contact me immediately.

Does fat dissolving actually work?

Fat dissolving can give amazing results, however must be done in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. The number of vials used and treatments required vary according to the amount of fat and the desired results. The average number of treatments is between 3 and 6 and 6 weeks is recommended between treatments. It must be noted that this is not a method of weight loss and if you are not leading a healthy lifestyle or participating in regular exercise, the fat will return.

Does fat dissolving hurt?

An anaesthetic is injected locally, meaning pain during the procedure is minimal; You may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation. However after the treatment pain and other side effects (as mentioned above) may be experienced for up to 5-7 days post-treatment.

How much does fat dissolving cost?

Treatments start from £250. Prices depend on number of vials needed and number of treatment sessions needed.

What is the aftercare for DesoFace and Body?

*When having tummy, inner or outer thigh areas or chin treated it is suggested to wear a compression garment after the treatment for 72 hours e.g spanks.

*Your normal daily routine may carry on and you may exercise as normal.

*Avoid hot showers or baths on the day of your treatments.

*For 7 days after your fat dissolving injections its a recommended to massage the treated areas.

*Avoid self tan for a week until the skin has fully healed.

*It's recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day.

*During the treatment bruises may occur and that's why it is advised to pause with taking substances that dilute the blood and increase the risk of bruises, such as aspirin, nurofen, voltaren, vitamin E. Do not stop taking medication prescribed by your doctor.

*An occurrence of painful nodules is usual and is a consequence of the inflammatory process that develops when fat is dissolved.

*it is important to maintain a healthy diet (no fatty food) while released fat is being metabolised to avoid fat storage elsewhere and to avoid weight gain.

*Arnica tablets may be taken; 2 30c tablets every 2 hours for 5 days prior to treatment.



What should I wear?

Any casual clothing is fine. Just wear what you feel comfortable in. Please bear in mind that salsa is very good exercise and you'll probably get quite hot, so layers are a good idea.

What sort of footwear should I wear?

The most important thing about footwear is that it stays on your feet. So flip-flops are definitely not good! Shoes that have a non-grip sole (ie: not rubber) are best, but don't worry too much. If you only have rubber soled shoes, wear them and if you find that you want to keep dancing, we can advise what's best later.

Do I need to bring a partner?

No. Unlike most ballroom classes where you need to come as a couple, at our salsa classes you can come alone, with a friend OR as a couple. We rotate everyone around in our classes which we find makes for better all-round dancers and is also a lot more sociable. It means that you'll get to know everyone really quickly too!

How much do the classes cost?

All of our classes cost £10 per week. Alternatively, you can sign up for a whole month and pay just £25, which includes a free ticket to our end of month party, saving you 50% on the weekly cost. If you'd like to save money, but are worried that you might not like the class, just let us know within 24 hours of your first class and you'll get a full 100% refund. So there's no risk at all. Have fun, or don't pay. It's as simple as that.

Am I too old?

We don't have an upper age limit, but most of the people in our classes are from 20 to 50's. We also have quite a number of people older than that and provided you're fit enough to walk at a fast pace, you shouldn't have much of a problem in at least our first 2 levels of class. You'll certainly find people welcoming and friendly.

Am I too young?

Our classes are advertised for adults but we welcome young students provided that they understand this and act accordingly. We also need to know before the class if you're under the age of 18. Also, if you're below the age of 16, you'll need to be accompanied by an adult, but you're more than welcome to attend as long as you bear all of this in mind.

What sort of music do you play?

This may seem like a strange question, but although we play a lot of salsa music at our classes, you can dance salsa to any music that's the right tempo and rhythm. Because of this we like to play a varied mix of music at our classes including R&B, hip hop and pop. We try to keep the music varied and interesting and are always open to requests if they fit with the class.

Can I get a drink there

At our Bury St Edmunds class there's a fully licenced bar, but at our King's Lynn and Sudbury classes there isn't, so make sure you bring a bottle of water (or similar) with you.

When can I start?

We have a new beginner course starting on the first Tuesday (in Bury St Edmunds), first Wednesday (in King's Lynn) and first Thursday (in Sudbury) of every month. Although we usually recommend that you start on the first week or the course, if this isn't possible for any reason, you can start on any week without a problem as long as we know when you're coming, so make sure you book in advance!

I can't make it every week, does that matter?

No. You can do any of our classes on a 'drop in' basis. It may take you a little longer to learn, but we understand that people lead busy lives, so we've organised our classes so you can take them as and when it's convenient for you.

I've done some salsa before. Which class should I start in?

This is a tricky question to answer, as it depends on a few factors. If you've done a different style of salsa before (The style we teach is from L.A.), it would be best to start in the beginner class for your first week and see how you get on. If you know how to do the main steps that we teach at the beginner level and you can do them without thinking! you can probably start at level 2. If you're a more experienced dancer, start at level 3!


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