What is Botox and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botulinum toxin has been tested over many decades and has been used extensively in medicine. It is a safe product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
What does the treatment involve?
While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away. It usually takes between 3 and 5 days to start to see a significant difference . By 2 weeks the full effects are usually visible.
Who would this treatment suit?
This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) for a short period of time. It can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines. By relaxing the muscles that form lines the skin is smoother and reflects light better. This gives our skin a more youthful glow. By carefully switching off certain muscle groups but leaving others this treatment can start to lift certain areas of the face.
Who should avoid this treatment?
Those who have medical conditions, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications. Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
What results does the treatment aim to provide?
The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expression and can be adjusted to ensure natural results. The duration of results is variable in between individuals but ranges from 3 to 6 months.
Typically, patients will come into the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. What is more helpful is if the clinician sees the lines in the context of the whole face. Ant-ageing treatments can be combined to give that all important facial balance.