When Botox® is applied as a rejuvenation technique, small quantities of clostridium botulinum are injected into specific facial muscles causing them to relax (or freeze). The muscles are no longer able to flex thus stopping the formation of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet and existing lines are much less pronounced because the underlying muscles are totally relaxed.
How is Botox® is administered?
Botox® injections are administered using very fine sterile disposable syringes. A very mild discomfort lasting for only a few seconds may be experienced as each area is treated.
Is Botox® a lunchtime treatment?
A typical treatment of the whole forehead and crow’s feet area takes less than ten minutes.
Does Botox® have any side-effects?
The vast majority of patients experience no side-effects whatsoever. Occasionally, a small bruise at the injection site may occur which will disappear after a few days and mild headaches lasting a few hours have been reported in a very few instances. In rare cases a reversible condition known as ptosis, heaviness of the eyelids, may occur. Proper regard to dosages and location of injection in susceptible muscle patterns should avoid this condition.
Is Botox® Safe?
Provided that Botox® injections are administered by a practitioner with medical training, there are no serious risks. Any side-effects are minor and temporary, as discussed above. Botox® is not advised whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.
How long do the effects of Botox® last?
You will begin to see noticeable effects within two or three days. Two weeks after the initial Botox® injection the beneficial effects become really clear. New patients will be seen two weeks after injections to ensure that the desired effect has been achieved. The effect lasts for 3 months in the first instance when the procedure will need to be repeated.
If Botox® injections are given regularly, subsequent injection intervals are increased. It is not uncommon to find that after the first year, patients may need Botox® injections for maintenance only once every six months. However the majority of clients will need re=treatment every 4 months.