Botox is a treatment given by injection into the skin. It is recommended for the treatment of auxiliary hyperhidrosis or underarm sweating and it has been used for many years to treat muscle spasm affecting the eyes, face and neck. Botox is also used to relieve muscle spasm in children with cerebral palsy.
Botox is a very pure preparation of a protein, botulinum toxin type A. When small doses are injected into the skin, Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands, this prevents the glands from producing sweat. Botox blocks the nerve endings but over about 6-12 weeks new nerve endings grow to replace them. This means that the effects of treatment last for several months but eventually they will wear off.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Botulinum Toxin is best at treating dynamic facial lines i.e. those caused by facial muscular activity. This treatment does not improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damage which are unrelated to facial muscle activity. The effects of the injections will generally last around 3 – 4 months. Facial muscles that are larger (such as in men) or which are used by facially ‘expressive’ clients may require more frequent treatments.
Starting in our late twenties, facial lines and wrinkles begin to appear that affect not just your appearance, but also your self-esteem and even your choice of career. By smoothing out those lines Botox can help you restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. Many people can benefit from Botulinum Toxin – not just celebrities, and it can work as well for men as it does for women. In fact many men are already experiencing the benefits of a younger, more relaxed looking appearance that it can provide.
Anyone who is pregnant, breast feeding or suffering from severe neuromuscular disorders, Bell’s palsy or blood coagulation disorders, are not suitable for treatment.
Drug interactions can occur when Botulinum Toxin is used concomitantly with other medications. You must ensure that your doctor is aware of any medications you are taking, especially aminoglycoside antibiotics (gentamicin, neomycin), aspirin, anti-inflammatories, Gingko Biloba and St John’s Wort.
Botulinum Toxin has been used for over 20 years to treat facial wrinkles and its safety and efficacy has been shown in many clinical trials. In addition there have been no long term side effects reported from its’ use. However, whilst uncommon, temporary adverse effects may arise from the treatment. Occasionally a small bruise may occur at the injection site – this can be covered with make-up. In very rare circumstances patients may experience heaviness or descent of the eyebrow or eyelid which may last a few weeks. Prior to your treatment the doctor will assess your risk of this event and therefore adjust you treatment accordingly.
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