When we frown, smile or laugh we contract our face into folds of skin that forms dynamic wrinkles and lines such as “crows feet “,forehead lines or “worry lines”. Over time these wrinkles and lines become deeper and more permanent.
What is botox?
Botox is the brand name for the purified protein produced by bacteria. It is an example of a “natural” product used for medicinal purposes, such as penicillin produced by fungi.
How does Botox work?
Facial expressions occur when the brain sends signals to the muscle tissue. Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to the expression line. This relaxes or puts the muscle into hibernation for 3-4 months, leaving the overlying skin looking smooth and less wrinkled. Botox works only on the specific muscles injected leaving surrounding muscles to function as usual, so that your face is not expressionless.
It can be used to soften the lines and wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, lips, chin and neck.
Tiny amounts of Botox are injected, using a disposable syringe, into the muscles that cause the skin to cease and furrow. Because a very fine needle is used, most clients find that there is only mild and temporary discomfort. The entire procedure usually takes no longer than a few minutes.
You may have seen many newspaper articles or television programs recently talking about Botox treatment, however it was first used as a wrinkle treatment by a Canadian Dermatologist in 1987.
Since then it has become the number one aesthetic procedure in many countries around the world.
In the United States alone, a survey estimated that there were over 1.4 million Botox procedures in 2007.
Botox has been licensed for the treatment of frown lines since 2002 and is also used by Doctors for the management of spasticity in children. It can also be used for the treatment of headache, back pain, excessive sweating and many other different diseases.
Side effects of this treatment are rare but can include some tenderness or bruising at the site of injection.
In less then 1% of people treated with Botox can cause weakness in the muscles near to the site of injection resulting in a slight and temporary droop of the eyelid or eyebrow.
Studies have not been performed on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although Botox is not thought to be dangerous, treatment is best avoided during this time. Some people with certain muscle diseases may also not be suitable for treatment.
What should I do before treatment?
If possible, avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen and alcohol for a few days before coming in for treatment this helps to reduce problems with bruising.
What should I do immediately following treatment?
For the next few hours following treatment it is important to gently exercise the muscles treated by actively using them e.g., frown and smile as frequently as possible. There is some evidence to show that this helps to activate the Botox and improve the results eventually achieved.
Some clients experience a slight headache after their injections, which can be managed with paracetamol if required.
To help reduce the accidental spread of Botox to neighbouring muscle groups, we recommend that you avoid the following activities for around 24 hours:
Rubbing or massaging the area treated, vigorous exercise and any facial beauty treatments.
How long will it be before I see results of Botox?
Our practitioner will have explained. Botox can take anywhere from two days to up to two weeks before a muscle relaxing effects occurs.
When Botox begins to work, you may notice some temporary strange “sensations” around the treated areas as the muscles that have not been injected adjust.
If you experience any unwanted effects other then those listed above, please contact us as soon as possible. These effects are extremely rare, and always transient.
If this is the first time that you have received Botox with Vitality Medi Spa we would ideally like to see you in a couple of weeks after treatment to discuss the results that we have achieved.
If you cannot schedule a return appointment, and you find that you have had no observable effect after 2 weeks, please contact us.
If you have a good initial result, please note that as recommended by the manufacturers of Botox, we aim not to perform any “top up” treatments within a three month period following your treatment.
Re-treatment is usually required every 3-4 months. The best clinical results can be achieved if you return during this period so that our Practitioner can assess how long the treatment has lasted and customise your treatment program accordingly.
If you want to learn more about what Botox can do for you, please book in for a consultation with one of our Practitioners.
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