What is Botox®?MUSCLE RELAXING INJECTIONS
Botulinum Toxin is an efficient and safe way to remove and relax forehead lines, frown lines and laughter lines without surgery. The benefits are noticeable within 5-10 days and will leave the face with a smoother, more rested appearance for up to 4 months. Botulinum Toxin can also be very effective to treat underarm perspiration. HOW DO THE MUSCLE RELAXING INJECTIONS WORK?
Using a very fine needle, Botulinum Toxin is injected into the muscle that creates the wrinkle. Botulinum Toxin works by blocking the nerve impulses from stimulating the muscle and, as a result, the muscle relaxes, wrinkles diminish and the skin becomes smoother. Untreated muscles contract in the normal way allowing facial expressions to be unaffected, as the injections only affect the area which is treated. Botulinum Toxin treatment is effectively painless with a possible mild burning sensation which wears off in a few minutes. Treatment itself takes approximately 15 minutes. IS BOTULINUM TOXIN SAFE?
Botulinum Toxin has been used for over ten years for both cosmetic treatments and to treat serious medical conditions. The injections are safe, sterile and any possible side effects are temporary and localized to the injected area. HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER THE INJECTIONS?
Wonderful of course! There is no recovery required and most people return to normal life immediately. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Tenderness and flu-like symptoms at the injection site may be experienced but both are mild and passing. Treatment can be resumed after a period recommended by your practitioner. CONTRAINDICATIONS
It is recommended not to proceed with Botulinum Toxin therapy if you are experiencing any of the following:
Allergy to tetanus toxoid is a potential, but not absolute contraindication. This will be detailed at your consultation.
Infection in the vicinity of the injection site.
Current therapy with a certain class of uncommonly used antibiotics, known as the amino glycosides.
Blood clotting disorders or current therapy with drugs inhibiting blood clotting, e.g. Warfarin. Diseases affecting the muscles, particularly Myaesthenia gravis.
Pregnancy and lactation.
PRIOR TO TREATMENT
One day prior to treatment, do not drink alcohol or take aspirin. Inform your practitioner of any history of pneumonia, bronchitis and breathing problems.
Please avoid touching the treated area and if possible remain upright for 3-4 hours. For two days following the treatment Do not have facial massage or electrical stimulation to the face for 24 hours following the treatment, do not overstretch facial muscles, avoid swimming, sauna and gym exercises that involve bending or kneeling excessively. After the treatment, it is advisable not to fly up to 72 hours and avoid alcohol for 12 hours. For maximum results, treatments must be repeated at the first sign of muscle re-activation.
Please contact us with any questions as we appreciate each individual is different so we will develop a treatment plan to meet your requirements and achieve all your goals.