What is BOTOX?
Commonly referred to as BOTOX, the active ingredient is a purified form of Botulinum toxin A. This is a protein which originally comes from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. This is a prescription only medicine where a doctor/dentist can only legally administer after a thorough consultation in person. Although BOTOX is the most recognised brand there are other legal brands available in the UK such as Bocoture and Azzalure. These may or may not work as well as BOTOX but this will be discussed with you at your consultation
How does it work?
When injected into a muscle responsible for strong facial expression lines, it blocks the nerve signal to that muscle which then allows the muscle to relax in that particular area only, leaving a smoother, fresher, natural look. It can take up to 14 days for the full effect to take place and the result can last 3-4 months. After this period, the muscle movement returns back to normal and you will need to be treated again.
What does the treatment involve?
After a thorough face to face medical consultation and examination a bespoke treatment plan will be created for you. The treatment in itself can take as little as 10 minutes. A small amount of the botulinum toxin is injected into the areas required with a very fine needle. The experience is relatively painless when done by trained experienced hands and the use of anaesthetics is rarely if ever necessarily.
Is it safe? Are there any side effects?
BOTOX® has been FDA approved since 2002 with millions of treatments provided. It is used across medicine in many licensed and unlicensed indications including armpit sweating and migraines as well as being used for spasticity in children and adults.
Most side effects are simply down to the needle entering the skin causing some minor redness, risk of bruising or swelling. These are temporary if they occur at all and the vast majority of people find they can go about most of their daily duties straight away.
As it is a prescription only medicine there may be some rare side effects and this will be discussed with you at your consultation.
Who can be treated?
This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. Individuals with muscle disorders (such as myasthenis gravis) are also not treated. Any other specifics will be discussed with you at your consultation.