What is Botox?
Botox or botulinum toxin is a non-surgical treatment that uses a purified protein to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Botox injections temporarily reduce the activity of the targeted muscles that cause persistent lines.
How does it work?
Botox is injected into the muscles surrounding the line or wrinkle with a fine needle. The Botox immobilizes the muscles resulting in the wrinkles and lines appearing smoother and younger-looking.
What does it feel like?
Most patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure describing the feeling like a tiny pinprick. An anesthetic cream is applied and our specialist will advise you how Botox can best help in your individual case.
Are there any side effects?
Botox is considered a safe and effective procedure with side effects being only minor if at all. Occasionally some light bruising or redness might occur around the area of the injection but it usually subsides quickly.
How many sessions are needed?
Results vary from person to person however, a single treatment will usually be sustained for approximately three to four months and you will notice a gradual fading of its effects. Ongoing treatments are essential to maintain the effects of Botox over time.
What areas can be treated?
Botox is a popular treatment for common aging problems in areas such as:
Glabella (the frown lines between the eyebrows and above the nose). Over time, some may find a deep line that becomes quite prominent. The use of botulinum toxin can be used to relax the muscle and stop you overworking that area, as well as reducing the appearance of the deep line
Crow’s feet (also known as 'laugh lines' and 'character lines’) are clusters of tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes
Bunny lines: These are most evident when smiling. They form on the bridge of the nose, near the tear duct of the eye
Jawline: If you desire a slimmer, heart-shaped jaw, botulinum toxin can be used to streamline the area
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
The problem of significant underarm sweating affects many people and can be a cause of discomfort and social embarrassment. Botox treatment results in a dramatic reduction, and in most cases complete cessation of sweating.
How does it work?
It works by blocking the nerves which supply the sweat glands so they do not produce sweat. Botox has been extensively researched and proven to be a safe and effective treatment for the problem of hyperhidrosis.
Does it hurt?
The treatment itself is comfortable as the skin of the underarms is pre-numbed with an anesthetic cream. It is uncommon for pain relief to be required. The duration of effect is 6 to 9 months, up to a year in some cases, after which the treatment is repeated.