Botox is a natural purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing muscles, thus creating an improved, more relaxed appearance. The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A which is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions. Botox is a prescription medicine only and as such can only be administrated under a physician’s supervision.
Many wrinkles occur when we use our muscles to make facial expressions. Botox can be used to relax facial muscles that cause expression lines. Once the muscles are relaxed and cannot contract the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
Botox is a non surgical treatment where a small amount of Botox is injected into selected facial muscles by Mr Klein using a very fine needle. Generally Botox treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief and no anesthetic is required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after. After the injection it takes 2 -3 days for Botox to begin taking effect, and usually 7 – 10 days to see the full effect.
Botox can last up to 4 months before the lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat Botox treatment the effect tends to last longer.
In the amount used for treatment of frown lines the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headache, pain,burning, bruising or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness and drooping of eyelids, lack of feeling, skin tightness and nausea.
Many people use a combination of Dermal Fillers and or procedures with Botox. Mr Klein will advise you as to whether or not you will receive a better result if Botox is combined with other fillers and or procedures.