Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a prescription only medication that can be safely administered to relax muscles so they are unable to contract.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Most people recognise ‘Botox’ as being used for aesthetic reasons This can reduce muscle movement which in turn can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles particularly across the forehead, frown lines and around the eyes. This can be significant in reducing the signs of ageing and can complement other anti-ageing treatments.
A ‘Gummy Smile’
When some people smile their upper lip may significantly move upwards causing them to show more gum. This can have quite a significant on the psychosocial behaviour and can often cause them to not smile in photographs.
Botox can be administered in a quick and safe manner to relax the muscle that pulls the lip up reducing the amount of gum on show.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Often TMJD is caused by the clenching or grinding of your teeth, this can put strain on the temporomandibular joint. The masseter muscles can become over-active and over-developed because of this. Botulinum toxin can be placed within the masters to reduce the strength in which they can pull your teeth together thus reducing the forces applied to the teeth and also the strain on the jaw joint.
Botulinum toxin can be administered to treat excessive sweating. It is injected superficially across the area to be treated to reduce the production and excretion of sweat.
How long does ‘Botox’ last?
Usually it last approximately 4-6 months. Usually you will start to see movement returning after 4 months but everyone metabolises it differently. If you have botox too regularly you may start to develop immunity and see less results.
How quickly will I see results?
Usually 2 weeks after injection you will see the results, however some people notice and feel the effects after 10days.
Can I have a top up?
Your practitioner should review you two weeks after initial injection, at this stage if there is still movement you may require a top up. There will be a charge for this. To prevent immunity you cannot have a top up after the 2 week mark until the effects have fully reversed.
Are there any risks?
Yes. although botox can be administered safely the action that it has has on the muscles causes them to become paralysed. Often in the face, muscles work in pairs, antagonistically, this means that one pulls one way and the other in the opposite direction but in balance. If one muscle is affected with botulinum toxin then the other will overpower it and that is why sometime you may hear or see ptosis (drooping) of the eyelids, heavy eyes, drooping of lips etc.
What should I expect at my Consultation?
A full medical history and injecting history will be taken. All of our practitioners practice a holistic approach and health and lifestyle will also be discussed along with any other treatments that we feel may benefit you and help you to obtain the results that you desire.Treatment options will be given and an estimate of cost.
How long will my appointment be?
Your Consultation will usually last 30-45minutes