WHAT IS BOTOX®?
WHY WOULD I NEED 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.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox® is injected into the target muscle and works at the neuromuscular junction by blocking the transmission of signals from the nerve ending to the muscle. This causes temporary paralysis of the treated muscle, which results in the reduction or loss of wrinkles. The result is not permanent because the nerve ending re-establishes it's signalling by forming new nerve sprouts. This sprouting takes approximately 3-6 months, at which point the muscle regains it's activity and the wrinkles begin to reappear.
We tighten the loose skin around the cheeks, jawline and neck using Botox.
The Nefertiti facelift tries to recreate her almond-shaped eyes, high cheekbones, full lips and swan-like neck to make you feel you breath-taking beauty.
OTHER Treatments with BOTOX
Chest and hand wrinkles
WHO SHOULD AVOID HAVING BOTOX?
Although most people would benefit from treatment, you should avoid Botox® if any of the following are relevant:
- Known history of hypersensitivity to any ingredient in Botox®
- Disorders of muscle weakness (eg. myasthenia gravis)
- Concurrent use of certain antibiotics (eg. erythromycin)
- Anticoagulants and bleeding / bruising disorders
- Pregnancy / breast feeding
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY APPOINTMENT?
- A few tiny injections into facial muscles using a very fine needle
No local anaesthetic required – discomfort is minimal
Takes 10 mins to perform – no downtime necessary
The whole appointment takes less than 30mins
Noticable wrinkle reduction in 3-5 days
Results last at least 3 months
WATCH A CONSULTATION WITH DR ACQUILLA
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.
Possible side effects of Botox®
- Small area of redness at treatment site lasting 2-3 hours (common)
- Bruising / swelling of treatment area (less common)
- Dull heavy sensation +/- occasional headache (less common)
- Ptosis (droop) of eyebrow or eyelid (rare)
- Double vision (very rare)
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