WHAT IS BOTOX™
Botox was introduced in the late 1980’s by ophthalmologists for treating muscle disorders and was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and is used to treat facial lines and wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and lines around the neck. BOTOX is the registered product name for botulinim toxin, Type A.
The active ingredient in Botox is a purified protein called Botulinim Toxin A. In nature this is produced by the bacterium “Clostridium Botulinim” In addition, Botox has been shown to be an effective method for treating other conditions, such as migraines, excessive swelling, and muscle spasms amongst others
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
When injected into a muscle, Botox temporarily blocks the neurochemical signals from the motor nerve endings which make the muscle contract. In the face, the resultant muscle weakening relaxes wrinkles and leads to a smoothening and rejuvenating of the skin. It is the best aid for treating wrinkles or acts where wrinkles are likely to form. The most commonly treated sites are the glabella (the area between the eyebrows at the root of the nose), the forehead, and around the eyes.
The botox is administered by injecting to the predetermined areas with a very fine needle. Most people tolerate the injection very well but if you wish, we can apply a local anaesthetic cream beforehand. You may return to work and most activities straight away, but we will ask you to abide by a few post treatment guidelines. The entire procedure typically takes approximately fifteen minutes, but may vary depending on the number of desired treatment areas.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
You will typically be able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure but your doctor may advise you to stay out of the sun. You may notice some redness, minor swelling or bruising, or numbness around the injection sites. If you receive injections to the forehead region you may also experience headaches following the treatments. However, these and other symptoms are generally minor and should resolve within a few days following the procedure.
SAFETY OF BOTOX
Botox has an excellent safety record stretching back over almost two decades. It has been used since 1989 to treat various medical conditions, ranging from cerebral palsy to excessive swelling in both children and adults. It was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and is currently the most common preformed cosmetic procedure in the world, with several million injections administered globally each year.
You will most likely notice the results within a few days following the procedure. As the muscles in the treatment are unable to contract, the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles will decrease. In some people, however, it can take as long as two-three weeks depending on the size of the area and how strong the muscles area, e.g. jaws and calves.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX LAST
This depends on the individual, the area treated and the activities of the muscle. On average, results from a single procedure last approximately three to four months after which you can receive subsequent injections to maintain the desired results. Although the results are temporary, BOTOX can safely and effectively help to restore the smooth, more youthful appearance you desire.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE BOTOX
Do not take BOTOX if you :
Are allergic to any of the ingredients
Had an allergic reaction to any other botulinim toxin product such as Dyspart
Have a skin infection in the planned injection site.