‘Botox’ is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium and is the most well known brand on the market, although there are other brand names for the same product (Bocouture, Azzalure, Vistabel, Xeomin and Dysport). It works by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause frown lines and wrinkles, resulting in a dramatically smoother, younger-looking appearance. The effects are outstanding which is why this is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world.
Most clients request treatment on one or more of these FACIAL areas:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes
- Horizontal forehead lines
Using a tiny needle, small quantities of the protein are injected into the muscles under the skin where wrinkles are most troublesome. The protein temporarily blocks the nerve signal to the muscle, with effects lasting for three months or more. Without the signal, the muscle cannot contract, and as it is muscle contraction that causes wrinkles, the wrinkles disappear.
Millions of people worldwide have had these injections and the safety of the product is well established and beyond doubt. There are a few rare medical conditions which affect muscles, such as myasthenia gravis, and people with these conditions cannot have treatment. Treatment is also not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women.
The injections are virtually painless but may cause a minor stinging discomfort. Side effects are uncommon and temporary – you may experience bruising or tenderness at the injection site, a mild headache and very occasionally the treatment may not work as some people are immune to the effects of anti-wrinkle injections. When injecting close to the eye there is a very small chance (significantly less than 1%) of developing a temporary drooping of the eyelid. If this occurs drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally.
Many people worry about having a ‘frozen’ face after anti-wrinkle injections; this is almost always due to poor injection technique. You can rest assured that the techniques we use will not leave you with a frozen face.
For six hours after treatment we advise that you avoid exercise, hot baths or alcohol as these can increase blood flow and dilute the effect. It is important to avoid touching the area injected, including applying make-up, as this may actually push the product beyond the intended area. We do encourage you to actively use the treated muscles (e.g. frown or squint) frequently during this initial period as this may enhance the effect.
Wrinkles normally begin to disappear after two or three days, and full results are usually seen within ten days. On average the effects last three to four months, but with repeated treatments the results may last longer.
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