Botox and Fillers

Most frown lines are formed by excessive contraction of muscles in the forehead and Botox acts to place these into hibernation. Tiny amounts are injected into specific facial muscles, so only the targeted area will be blocked. Since the offending muscles can no longer be as active, the treatment will prevent further damage and more wrinkles, giving a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
Botox is a prescription drug and it can only be used under medical supervision using sterile techniques. The procedure is safe, not panful and is quick to perform. The effect is not permanent.

Are Botox and Fillers safe?

Botox is recognised as one of the safest cosmetic treatments around. Side effects are rarely serious and always temporary.
The most common side effect is bruising. To avoid bruising, don't take Asprin, anti-inflammatory tablets, or vitamin E for 48 prior to treatment. In some rare cases, a transient numbness may develop in the treated area.
The aim of the treatment is to break to habit of frowning and re-educate the facial movements, so that muscles 'forget' how to frown. This means that the desired results can be achieved with less frequent treatments over time.
Cosmetic treatments using Botox received FDA approval in April 2002.

Are there any potential long-term consequences?

The lethal dose of Botulinum toxin is 3,000 units. The average dose for the treatment of the forehead, crows feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows is approximately 50 units in total. It has been used in much higher doses to treat muscular disorders for over 10 years.
Your body regenerates neuromuscular connections, so the muscle activity will return to normal with time.

What does a Botox treatment involve?

You will be asked to frown or smile to assess muscle movement. This will determine which site will achieve best results for you. Several injections will be administered and will feel a little like an insect bite. Some patients feel o discomfort at all.

When will treatment start to work?

It usually takes 3-5 days to see a result, and in a week the effect will have improved considerably. To enhance the uptake of your procedure you should smile and frown a lot for several hours following treatment - don't touch or massage the area and remain in a vertical position so it stays where it belongs. You should try not to fly for 24 hours after the treatment.

How long does it last for?

Botox lasts for around four months initially, but all patients are different. A two week re-assessment is offered to check the results and have a top-up if necessary.

Will Botox work for me?

In clinical trials, 90% of patients reported improvements in their lines.

Is there an alternative to Botox?

Yes, there are filling agents such as Restylane, to help reduce deeper expression lines.

Am I suitable for treatment?

The following people are NOT suitable for treatment:
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Clients with any disease affecting muscle activity
  • Clients with any bleeding dissorders
  • Clients taking certain antibiotics
  • Clients with an infection at the proposed injection site