What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is a very pure preparation of a protein, Botulinum toxin type A. When small doses are injected into the skin, Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply muscles thereby preventing the skin from creasing. This has the benefit of reversing any lines/wrinkles present as well as preventing any new ones from appearing in the region treated.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure takes only a few minutes and no anaesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days for effects to start. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped seven days prior to treatment in order to reduce bruising but please consult with your doctor before hand if taking prescription drugs.
How Is It Different Than Other Products?
BOTOX ® blocks nerve transmission to relax the underlying muscles beneath the skin. The effect is not permanent, lasting about six months.
How Is BOTOX Injections Different Than Dermal Fillers?
BOTOX ® is a protein that relaxes the muscles that create lines whereas Restylane is a filler agent that fills in the lines. Botox is for more for dynamic lines which move or are caused due to facial expression. Static lines / folds that are permanent can be treated by dermal fillers.
Are Botox Injections Approved By The FDA?
BOTOX ® Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in April 2002 for cosmetic use.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
BOTOX ® has safely treated a variety of conditions for more than 15 years.
Where Is It Administered?
BOTOX injections have been traditionally used to treat frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Will BOTOX® ‘freeze’ my face and make me expressionless?
No. We will only treat the specific muscles that are responsible for your wrinkles, minimising any possible loss of facial expression in other areas.
How Long Does an Injection Take?
BOTOX injections for wrinkle treatment take approximately 10 minutes to administer. However, your total consultation time will be around 20-30 minutes.
Do Injections Hurt?
Most patients compare the sensation of receiving an injection to a small bug bite lasting seconds.
What Should I Do After Receiving an Injection?
No exercising or lying down for 3-4 hours after injections is recommended. Do not excessively touch / massage the area that was treated for at least the first 4 hours after injection. Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours.
How Long Does It Last?
The effects last for up to four to six months.
How Often Should I Have Treatments?
It is recommended to schedule treatments about every four to six months to help maintain a consistent appearance in the first year. Then, the treatment can be delayed by a few months each time as your wrinkles have become lighter. However, your cosmetic doctor will be best able to make a recommendation that is tailored towards your personal expectations.
Where Does It Go After It Wears Off?
Because BOTOX ® is a natural, purified protein, over time BOTOX ® is slowly absorbed and processed by the body.