What is BOTOX?

What is BOTOX

BOTOX is a licenced and prescribed medicinal product with a number of uses. The active ingredient, botulinum toxin, is a purified protein. There are a number of licenced preparations including BOTOX, Dysport and Myobloc and they all have similar effects.

1. Facial Lines. It is used for the prevention and treatment of unwanted facial lines and wrinkles – eg brow lines, frown lines, crows feet and bunny lines.
2. Facial Remodelling. It is used to reshape certain parts of the face such as downturned lips, to correcting gummy smiles, smoothinh knobbly chins and lifting the tip of the nose.
3. Excessive perspiration. It is the best non surgical treatment for excessive underarm perspiration.
4. Tension Headaches. It is used in the prevention of tension headaches

BOTOX has been in medical use for over 30 years and is now the number one procedure for the above problems.

1. Facial Lines

How does it work and what does it do

BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that control various structures in the body including the muscles of facial expression. BOTOX can block habitual facial expressions such as frowning that leave crease lines between the eyebrows. Other unwanted lines on the face and neck such as brow lines and radial ‘crows feet’ lines around the eyes can also be treated in the same way. New lines are prevented from forming and any existing lines are softened – with repeated use established lines will have the opportunity to grow out. Your face will end up looking less stressed and more relaxed.

Is it suitable for me

BOTOX is suitable for either gender from the age of 30 and upwards. BOTOX is more effectively used for the prevention of lines and should therefore be considered once lines begin to appear and before they become deep and established. BOTOX will nevertheless soften existing lines and with repeated use established lines will grow out. BOTOX smoothes away those lines and wrinkles that make you look older and gives you a more relaxed and youthful appearance. With periodic use established lines will grow out. The results are often described as amazing.

Are there alternatives

There are other ways that facial lines and creases can be treated – however each has its advantages, drawbacks and limitations. BOTOX is particularly suitable for the prevention of lines of the upper part of the face. Other lines, folds and creases in different parts of the face may be more amenable to treatments with dermal fillers or with different types of collagen stimulants. There are a variety of natural and artificial dermal fillers and there are different ways in stimulating the skin to produce collagen and elastin fibres using lasers, radiofrequency, infra red, needling and chemical peels. To view the alternatives click on the words outlined in blue and follow the links. Once you have surveyed the alternatives ask to have a free consultation with the clinic doctor.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

Effects of the treatment begin after a day or two and reach their peak in the first week. A gradual relaxation of lines and creases can be seen within a few days of the injection. The effects last for many weeks with a gradual return after some 3 months on average. Results vary amongst individuals and are only temporary. However with repeated use the effects are longer lasting and may eventually be maintained with only one or two treatments per year. You will therefore need to plan for further injections depending on your long term treatment goals.

What does the procedure involve

The treatment is a relatively simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny sterile and disposable microneedle, small amounts of the product are injected precisely and directly into the desired treatment areas. The procedure takes from a few minutes up to 20 minutes or so following your initial consultation with the doctor, and is carried out while on a treatment couch. There is usually very little if any evidence that you have had anything done – the tiny injection marks fade after a few minutes and may be covered with a little makeup immediately afterwards.

Is there any pain or discomfort

Because the needle is very fine the discomfort associated with the injections is minimal and local anaesthetics aren’t required although a numbing cream can be applied beforehand. Most people having it for the first time are usually surprised by how little discomfort there is.

Are there any contra-indications

The doctor will review your medical history during your initial consultation. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or have any of the following – Myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Blood coagulation disorders such as haemophilia – you will not be eligible for this treatment.

Drug interactions can occur when BOTOX is used concomitantly with other medications. Since these medications can alter the effects of BOTOX you must ensure that your doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking, especially – Aminoglycoside antibiotics, anaesthetics and muscle relaxants.

Individuals with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis or other contagious disease should inform the doctor beforehand.

Are there any complications or risks

BOTOX injection is generally a safe and effective treatment method and relatively free from complications or side effects especially if carried out by an experienced injector. Each year thousands of patients worldwide undergo treatments with BOTOX for both medical and cosmetic reasons and there are presently no long-term safety concerns. Nevertheless, certain side effects can occur but, like the intended treatment effects, they are mostly temporary and reversible. The following is a list of potential adverse effects (side effects):- Bruising or swelling at the injection site, headache, flu like symptoms, temporary drooping of eyebrow or upper eyelid, asymmetry of facial expression, brief visual disturbances, skin rash or itching, allergic reactions, local muscle atrophy.

Is there any downtime from the procedure

There is usually little if any down time unless you experience any of the above complications. Most individuals can simply return to their everyday activity apart from strenuous exercising or lying down in the first 6 hours immediately after the injection procedure.

2. Facial Remodeling

BOTOX can be used to correcting certain parts of the face such as correcting downturned corners of the mouth, to correcting gummy smiles and knobbly chins and to lifting the tip of the nose.

How does it work and what does it do

BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that control various structures in the body including the muscles of facial expression. BOTOX can block overactive muscular facial expressions such as in a gummy smile where the gums of the upper teeth are over exposed during smiling. Other unwanted lines such as the downturned marionette lines can be corrected and lifted by a well placed injection of BOTOX. Knobbly chins, sometimes described as a scrotal chin, can be smoothed with a number of BOTOX injections. The tip of the nose can be made to turn up to a degree creating a better nose line.

Is it suitable for me

BOTOX is suitable for either gender from the age of 30 and upwards and the results are often described as amazing.

Are there alternatives

There are other ways that the contours of different parts of the face can be treated – each has its advantages, drawbacks and limitations. BOTOX is particularly suitable for the areas mentioned above but some of those areas may also be treated with dermal fillers or with different types of collagen stimulants. There are a variety of natural and artificial dermal fillers and there are different ways in stimulating the skin to produce collagen. Surgery may be a preferable longer lasting option. To view some of the alternatives click on the words outlined in blue and follow the links. Once you have surveyed the alternatives ask to have a free consultation with the clinic doctor.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

Effects of the treatment begin after a day or two and reach their peak in the first week. A gradual relaxation of the muscles injected takes place within a few days and the effects can then be seen. The effects will last for many weeks with a gradual return to the pre-injection condition after some 3 months on average. Results vary amongst individuals and are only temporary. However with repeated use the effects become longer lasting and may eventually be maintained with less frequent intervals. You will need to plan for further injections depending on your long term treatment goals.

What does the procedure involve

The treatment is a relatively simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny sterile and disposable microneedle, small amounts of the product are injected precisely and directly into the desired treatment areas. The procedure takes from several minutes or so following your initial consultation with the doctor, and is carried out while on a treatment couch. There is usually very little if any evidence that you have had anything done – the tiny injection marks fade after a few minutes and may be covered with a little makeup immediately afterwards.

Is there any pain or discomfort

Because the needle is very fine the discomfort associated with the injections is minimal and local anaesthetics aren’t required although a numbing cream can be applied beforehand. Most people having it for the first time are usually surprised by how little discomfort there is.

Are there any contra-indications

The doctor will review your medical history during your initial consultation. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or have any of the following – Myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Blood coagulation disorders such as haemophilia – you will not be eligible for this treatment.

Drug interactions can occur when BOTOX is used concomitantly with other medications. Since these medications can alter the effects of BOTOX you must ensure that your doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking, especially – Aminoglycoside antibiotics, anaesthetics and muscle relaxants.

Individuals with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis or other contagious disease should inform the doctor beforehand.

Are there any complications or risks

BOTOX injection is generally a safe and effective treatment method and relatively free from complications or side effects especially if carried out by an experienced injector. Each year thousands of patients worldwide undergo treatments with BOTOX for both medical and cosmetic reasons and there are presently no long-term safety concerns. Nevertheless, certain side effects can occur but, like the intended treatment effects, they are mostly temporary and reversible. The following is a list of potential adverse effects (side effects):- Bruising or swelling at the injection site, less commonly – flu like symptoms, headache, skin rash or itching, allergic reactions, local muscle atrophy.

Is there any downtime from the procedure

There is usually little if any down time unless you experience any of the above complications. Most individuals can simply return to their everyday activity apart from strenuous exercising or lying down in the first 6 hours immediately after the injection procedure.

3. Excessive Perspiration

What is excessive sweating or perspiration

Sweating is a normal and necessary body process for controlling body temperature. However excessive sweating from anxiety and stress serves no useful purpose. It is not an uncommon disorder and afflicts many people at one time or another in their lives. It most commonly occurs in the armpits, hands, feet and forehead but can occur on any other part of the body and is known as primary hyperhidrosis. Armpit sweating can be very distressing for the sufferer and self consciousness can make the sweating even worse. Sufferers may also have difficulty in controlling the odour associated with this problem as the frequent showering needed throughout the day is sometimes impossible in a busy working life. Occasionally excessive sweating is secondary to some other disorder and usually affects the whole body not just an area like the armpits. The primary cause would then need to be diagnosed and treated.

How effective is BOTOX for excessive sweating

The simplest and most effective treatment for excessive localised sweating in the armpits is with BOTOX. It reduces sweating by well over 90%. Conventional antiperspirants are generally unsatisfactory and block pores but do not stop the production of sweat caused by anxiety or stress. Sweat glands become inflamed and sore from the back pressure of escaping sweat. This results in further anxiety and stress and sweat production increases in a vicious circle. In contrast, BOTOX does not cause any physical blockage – it simply turns off the electrical nerve signal that switches on sweat production. As there is no physical obstruction to the sweat ducts and no sweat is produced the sweat glands do not become inflamed and remain inactive and unaffected. There is no associated discomfort and one treatment lasts for many months. No more daily application of antiperspirants, which really do not work, and no more embarrassing discomfort from wet shirts or bad odours.

Is BOTOX suitable for me

BOTOX antiperspirant treatment is suitable for most individuals.

Is there an alternative to BOTOX treatment

Topical treatments can achieve reasonable control in some individuals with a minimal problem but for individuals with profuse sweating they are rarely effective. There are surgical alternatives which involve the excision of the sweat glands or division of the nerves that supply them – both procedures are major surgical procedures and are associated with various unpleasant and long lasting complications. The risks of BOTOX treatment are minimal and transient.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

Once the BOTOX procedure has been completed the effects begin to work after a couple of days and reach their peak 7 to 10 days after this. Sweat reduction is variable but is usually reduced by 90% or more for several months. A proportion of treated individuals report being totally dry during this period. The results of the treatment is not permanent and sweat production usually returns after a period of time. The treatment may be repeated indefinitely until the problem resolves.

What does the procedure involve

The procedure involves multiple injections of small amounts of BOTOX into the skin of the shaved armpit. One armpit is often dominant and produces more sweat than the other and may need more BOTOX proprtionately. Perspiration often occurs around the hair follicles in the armpit but certain areas may produce more sweat than others and these areas need to be identified. This can be achieved with a special staining technique using Iodine and starch.

Is there any pain or discomfort

The procedure involves some discomfort but is relatively painless as the hypodermic needles used are of very small guage. A local anaesthetic cream may be applied if required.

Are there any contra-indications

The doctor will review your medical history during your initial consultation. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or have any of the following – Myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Blood coagulation disorders such as haemophilia – you will not be eligible for this treatment.

Drug interactions can occur when BOTOX is used concomitantly with other medications. Since these medications can alter the effects of BOTOX you must ensure that your doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking, especially – Aminoglycoside antibiotics, anaesthetics and muscle relaxants.

Individuals with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis or other contagious disease should inform the doctor beforehand.

Are there any complications or risks

BOTOX injection is generally a safe and effective treatment method and relatively free from complications or side effects especially if carried out by an experienced injector. Each year thousands of patients worldwide undergo treatments with BOTOX for both medical and cosmetic reasons and there are presently no long-term safety concerns. Nevertheless, certain side effects can occur but, like the intended treatment effects, they are mostly temporary and reversible. The following is a list of potential adverse effects (side effects):- Bruising or swelling at the injection site, headache, flu like symptoms, temporary weakness in adjacent muscles, skin rash or itching, allergic reactions.

Is there any down time from the procedure

There may be some discomfort in the armpits for a day or so but this usually subsides.

4. Tension Headaches

What is a tension headache

Tension headaches result from prolonged muscular tension in muscles located around the head – usually in the forehead and temples and sometimes at the back of the head – but may occur at the back of the head as well. There are other causes of headaches and it would be worthwhile getting a diagnosis from your GP and discussing any treatment options with him first.

How effective is BOTOX for tension headaches

The results are variable but the majority of individuals receiving a number of well placed injections of BOTOX benefit immeasurably. There will be a percentage of individuals however, that do not respond or only respond minimally. The benefits can only be determined by trial. There are a number of different treatments for tension headaches including pharmaceutical preparations and massages to name a couple. Effects of BOTOX treatment begin within a day or two and there is a gradual reduction of symptoms in this time. Headaches may be kept at bay for many weeks thereafter. If your goal is to prevent headaches re-occurring you will need to plan for further injections when the benefits start to wear off.

Is BOTOX suitable for me

BOTOX has become an extremely popular treatment largely because of its efficacy and lack of any long term problems. How suitable it is for you can only be determined by a trial. Its efficacy is largely determined by the correct placement and the correct dose and this is down to the experience of the practitioner

Is there an alternative to BOTOX treatment

There are a number of different treatments for tension headaches including pharmaceutical preparations and massages to name a couple. Many individuals will have tried many of these other methods with limited benefits before resorting to trying BOTOX. It would be worthwhile getting a diagnosis from your GP and discussing the treatment options with him if you haven’t done so already.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

Effects of the treatment begin within a day or two and there is a gradual reduction of symptoms in this time. Headaches may be kept at bay for many weeks thereafter. If your goal is to prevent headaches re-occurring you will need to plan for further injections when the effects start to wear off.

What does the procedure involve

The treatment is a relatively simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny sterile and disposable microneedle, small amounts of the product are injected precisely and directly into the desired treatment areas. The procedure takes several minutes or so following your initial consultation with the doctor, and is carried out whilst on a treatment couch. There is usually very little if any evidence that you have had anything done – the tiny injection marks fade after a few minutes and may be covered with a little makeup immediately afterwards.

Is there any pain or discomfort

Because the needle is very fine the discomfort associated with the injections is minimal and local anaesthetics aren’t required although a numbing cream can be applied beforehand. Most people having it for the first time are usually surprised by how little discomfort there is.

Are there any contra-indications

The doctor will review your medical history during your initial consultation. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or have any of the following – Myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Blood coagulation disorders such as haemophilia – you will not be eligible for this treatment.

Drug interactions can occur when BOTOX is used concomitantly with other medications. Since these medications can alter the effects of BOTOX you must ensure that your doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking, especially – Aminoglycoside antibiotics, anaesthetics and muscle relaxants.

Individuals with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis or other contagious disease should inform the doctor beforehand.

Are there any complications or risks

BOTOX injection is generally a safe and effective treatment method and relatively free from complications or side effects especially if carried out by an experienced injector. Each year thousands of patients worldwide undergo treatments with BOTOX for both medical and cosmetic reasons and there are presently no long-term safety concerns. Nevertheless, certain side effects can occur but, like the intended treatment effects, they are mostly temporary and reversible. The following is a list of potential adverse effects (side effects):- Bruising or swelling at the injection site, transient flu like symptoms and worsening of headaches, temporary drooping of eyebrow or upper eyelid, asymmetry of facial expression, brief visual disturbances, skin rash or itching, allergic reactions, local muscle atrophy.

Is there any downtime from the procedure

There is usually little if any down time unless you experience any of the above complications. Most individuals can simply return to their everyday activity apart from strenuous exercising or lying down in the first 6 hours immediately after the injection procedure.

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