bruising, incomplete result, drooping
- What is botulinum toxin?
- What areas can be treated?
- What can I expect during the treatment?
- Are there any side effects?
- What can I expect after treatment?
What is botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a protein which temporarily blocks the nerve signal to the muscle so stopping the muscle from contracting. Years of muscle contraction squeezes the skin causing wrinkles so by pausing this action wrinkles will reduce. Botox is just one particular brand of this protein but has become a well-recognised way of describing the treatment.
What areas can be treated?
Most patients request up to three areas of their face. These commonly are the horizontal lines on the forehead, the vertical lines between the eyebrows and finally crow's feet around the eyes.
More specialised areas can also be treated such as the masseter muscle which is the muscle we use to chew. Some people who clench or grind their teeth may find this muscle is enlarged and can give the lower face a wider look.
Toxin can be injected into the lower face to relax the muscles which pull the mouth into a downturned position and it can also be used to treat a gummy smile.
The Nefertiti neck lift is a treatment which involves injecting toxin into the bands in the neck and along the jawline so as to smooth out the neck.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Using the finest needle on the market very small amounts of a dilute solution are injected into specific points in the muscle. The injections are virtually painless. The risk of bleeding or bruising is minimal.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are uncommon and temporary if they do occur. You may experience bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Some patients report a mild headache which settles with paracetamol.
Very rarely, some people find that it doesn't work as they are immune to Botox.
There is a chance of asymmetry of the brows following treatment but this is easily corrected at the two week review.
Injecting close to the eye can sometimes cause a dropping of the upper eyelid. If this does occur, drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally.
What can I expect after treatment?
For 6 hours after treatment it is advisable not to touch the injection sites or apply make up to reduce the risk of infection.
For 24 hours after treatment we advise you not to exercise or drink alcohol and to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.
Wrinkles normally begin to disappear after two to three days and full results are usually seen after 10 days.
All patients are offered a follow up appointment at 2 weeks and if the result is not satisfactory we will gladly add more, free of charge.