“BOTOX” is a word kicked about quite flippantly. What is it? What does it do? Who can administer it? Who is it for? First, some facts and a touch of history. “BOTOX” is the brand name of a drug made from botulinum toxin. Several companies make a version of this drug.
They vary on how long they last, how far they spread, what kind of results they give and their cost. Strictly speaking, there is only one ‘BOTOX’, which is made by a company called Allergan. BOTOX® has been used medically for just over 60 years. Interestingly, it is the most researched drug on the world…ever! So it’s safe – in the right hands and when used correctly, of course.
What does it do and how does it do it? Let’s touch on a bit of anatomy… the brain sends branches of nerves to muscles which in turn send a signal to make that muscle work. Wrinkle Relaxing Injections using purified Botulinum Toxin Type A is injected directly into facial muscle bellies of the area(s) being treated.
This stops the communication between the nerve end and muscle, therefore interrupting the signal for the muscle to contract – in effect, stopping muscle activity and stopping wrinkles from appearing when you smile, laugh or raise your eyebrows.
BOTOX® has been used cosmetically for 26 years. It has been used on and off label in the upper third of the face for getting rid of our “angry scowl”, “crows feet”, forehead lines, and in the most recent years, has been used in the lower half of the face for “gummy smile”, “orange peel chin”, even in the neck and further afield in breasts. Wherever used, the reason is the same… to stop or weaken movement. If we can reduce how much the muscle moves, then we can reduce how much the skin over it will wrinkle. If we can reduce the extent of wrinkles, we can start to achieve a fresher, more youthful, natural look.
What is involved in Botulinum Toxin (Botox ®) Treatments?
Botox ® is one of many commonly used wrinkle relaxers. Dr Nestor only uses Botox® by Allergan, as it is the most extensively researched toxin, and has been used in excess of 20 years cosmetically, and 60 years medically.
Increasingly more men and women are opting for this treatment option rather than a complex and costly operation. Wrinkle relaxing injections are ideal for moderate to severe lines formed by years of facial expressions. Repeated injections several months apart can help keep wrinkles from returning.
Botox® can help prevent age lines forming when started in your mid to late 20s and 30s. On the day of the treatment, we will have a detailed conversation about which treatments are best for you, and what to expect. The aim of treatment is an overall facial rejuvenation that looks natural and refined.
Where can Botulinum Toxin be used?
Common Areas include:
Glabellar Region or “frown lines”
Peri-orbital lines or “crow’s feet”
Frontalis Muscle or “forehead lines”
What are the advanced uses?
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition where a person sweats excessively, and much more than the body needs to regulate its temperature. Excessive sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to a person’s health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. The inconvenience of it can also have a negative impact on your quality of life. Botox is a medically indicated treatment for Hyperhidrosis with reduction in sweating lasting 6-9 months.
Other advanced uses of Botulinum Toxin:
“Bunny Lines”, Eyebrow lift, “Gummy Smile”, “Orange Peel Chin”, Neck Lift, Peri-oral lines (smoker’s lines)
When all areas treated in conjunction, overall rejuvenated, less tired features are naturally achieved.
How long before I see results?
With Botulinum Toxin (Botox) treatments, it can take 5-7 days to start seeing results, with the smoothing effect lasting from 3 to 5 months. If further injections are needed at 2 week follow up these are done at no extra cost.
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