What is Botox?
Botox® (Botulinum toxin type ‘A’) is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It was developed during the 1970s – 1980s to treat blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids) and strabismus (squint).
In 1997 it achieved FDA approval for cosmetic use in the USA and by 2006 was granted a license by the MHRA in the UK for the treatment of frown lines. Worldwide, now more than 3 million Botox® treatments take place per year
What does Botox treatment involve?
Botox® treatment takes around 10mins to perform and is not painful as the needle is very fine. The toxin is injected into a few specific points based on what concerns you may have and what Dr Acquilla would recommend for the best outcome. You may feel a few small pinpricks but that’s it. No anaesthetic is required.
What kind of results can I expect?
Botox® is a highly effective and can be used to treat lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines, bunny lines and frown lines, eyebrow rejuvenation and lip lines .
How long will it last?
After your treatment it will take a few days (on average five) for you to start to notice the effect, and it can take up to two weeks for it to take full effect. Botox® lasts between three and six months as the toxin on temporarily blocks the signals from the nerve endings. When they re-establish new signals, lines and wrinkles re-appear.
Is Botox® safe?
Botox® has been used in medicine for many years, it is a well-researched drug and considered very safe. It has been used in cosmetic treatments for more than 25 years now and it is extremely rare for serious side effects to occur.
Originally Botox® was originally used to treat strabismus (squint)and blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids) in the late 80s until it was noticed that it also had an effect on lines and wrinkles. Today, as well as its many cosmetic applications, Botox® is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as idiopathic cervical dystoniadynamic, axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and even chronic migraine.
One side effect that can happen as a result of Botox® treatment ptosis, which means drooping or falling of the upper eyelid. Even if this occurs, it can be rectified and in cases where it can’t, the duration of effect of the product means that the effect is not permanent.
A headache may occur after treatment but this is temporary and rare. As Botox® involves needles there is also a risk of some minor bruising or redness at the injection site.
We would not recommend having Botox® if:
- You have any muscle weakness disorders, such as myasthenia gravis
You have a known history of hypersensitivity to any ingredient in Botox®
You are pregnant or breast feeding
Botox® can only be obtained by getting a prescription from a medical professional, such as a doctor, dermatologist, or nurse.
Can I fly after having Botox?
YES after 12 hours
Can I go to the gym after having Botox?
NO Its recommended to wait at least 12 hours.
Can I drink alcohol after Botox?
NO Its not recommemed for 12 hours
How many people have Botox?
Over 3 million Botox® treatments take place per year.
WILL BOTOX TREATMENT HURT?
No - discomfort is minimal and no local anaesthetic is required.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX TAKE TO WORK?
There is noticeable wrinkle reduction in 3-5 days and the final result appears by 2 weeks.
HOW LONG WILL BOTOX LAST FOR?
You should expect results to last at least 3 months.
IS BOTOX DANGEROUS?
No - administered in the correct manner by a skilled professional carries very little risk. Botox has a proven safety record since the 1970s.
Botox® Aftercare (within the first 6 hours)
- DO gently exercise the treatment areas by frowning, smiling, squinting and lifting the eyebrows occasionally - this will optimise your result
- DO NOT rub or massage the treatment areas – this may increase the risk of complications by spreading the product
- AVOID alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for 24 hours which can increase the risk of bruising and swelling
- AVOID lying flat or bending down excessively
- AVOID very strenuous physical activity