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Botulinum Toxin

What is Botox?

  • A natural purified protein.
  • It relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles.
  • It creates a smooth, rejuvenated appearance.

When injected into a muscle:

  • It temporarily blocks the chemical signals that make the muscle contract.
  • Only minute quantities of Botox is injected.
  • Only the injected muscle will be affected.

How is it applied?

Tiny injections of Botox are administered by a trained physician (or other medical professionals).

How can I be sure I am not receiving a substitute product?

You may wish to ask your doctor to confirm that Botox is the product she/he is using. Botox is packaged in a glass vial with a red lid labelled as Botox and an Allergan hologram on the label.

Is Botox safe?

  • Botox has an excellent safety profile.
  • Botox is used in a variety of therapeutic areas. It is one of the few treatments that can be given to treat children over 2 years of age with Cerebral Palsy – Botox helps them to walk!
  • Botox has been actively used for over 10 years in tens of thousands of patients worldwide.
  • Botox has US FDA and European license approval.

How long will my Botox treatment last?

Results can last from three to four months following initial treatment. Subsequent Botox treatments can last much longer. Varying from person to person.

Will Botox work for me?

The majority of patients treated by an experienced injector are satisfied with the result of their Botox treatment.

Will my lines look worse if I do not continue my treatment?

Should you discontinue your treatment, your lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.

Will Botox affect my whole face?

Botox only relaxes the muscle it is injected into. It is used in miniscule quantities to treat facial lines. Appropriate injections of Botox will ensure you still have natural facial expressions.

What is the difference between Botox and fillers?

Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. Fillers correct the wrinkle by adding volume around the muscle with intradermal injections. Botox is an intra-muscular injection, blocking the chemical that causes facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. Botox is the only product of its type that affects the muscles that cause wrinkles between the brows.

Who can inject Botox?

Botox should only be injected by an experienced injector who can make sure the correct amount is injected in precisely the right places. In this way the desired result with a natural look can be achieved.

How much does it cost?

The cost of treatment varies by patient, depending on the amount of Botox required for the patient. It varies by gender and type of wrinkles being treated. Men generally require more than women.

How does Botox work?

A tiny amount of Botox is injected into the hyperactive muscles. These repeated contractions cause the skin to fracture. Fine lines start to appear. Botox blocks the nerve impulse from reaching these muscles. The muscles simply relax or “go to sleep”. This relaxation enables the skin to relax and heal and the lines smooth away.

What happens during Botox treatment?

It only takes 10 minutes. First a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to ensure treatment comfort. Your doctor will ask you to frown or smile to assess your muscle movement. Then determine the injection site to achieve the best results for you. Botox is then administered by several tiny injections. This feels like a pin prick. Discomfort is minimized with the application of the anaesthetic cream. You can return to work and day to day activities immediately.

Are there any side effects from a Botox treatment?

If side effects do occur, they are:

  • Mild to moderate swelling
  • Most common is slight bruising from the injection (this can be minimized with the use of our Omnilux Light Therapy treatment immediately post treatment)
  • A detailed list of side effects can be obtained from the practitioner at your consultation.

When will Botox start to work?

From day 2 in some patients up to 14 days to see full effect.