Botox ® is a formulation of botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin has been purified for clinical use and is injected into specific areas of the face. It has been safely and effectively used medically since the early eighties treating medical conditions such as blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and cervical dystonia.
How does it work?
Botox® is injected intramuscularly and works by inhibiting the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (a chemical responsible for transmitting the electrical impulses that allow muscle contraction) from motor nerve terminals. Muscle contraction in the injected area is therefore inhibited.
By inhibiting muscle contraction the skin wrinkles ‘relax’ and lessen. New wrinkles are also prevented. The end result is a smoother appearance of the treated areas.
Laughter lines and crows feet radiating away from the eyes
Creases between the eyebrows
Frown lines on the forehead
Creases over the nose
Dimpling in the chin
Underarm sweating – hyperhydrosis
This is excessive sweating problem that occurs in around 1 in a 100 people. It usually starts in adolescence and affects both male and females equally. Caused by an over activity of the sympathetic nervous system. It can be extremely embarrassing and is aggravated by anxiety, caffeine and alcohol.
Facial movements are reduced at the areas of treatment but not stopped.
Sweat glands are deactivated.
How long does the treatment take and how long will results last?
It takes approximately 10 minutes to give the botox® injections into the desired areas but can take up to 2 weeks to see the full result, which can then last between 3-6 months. More treatments may be required initially with fewer subsequent treatments over time to maintain the desired effect.
The treatment for hyperhydrosis is effective for approximately 6 months and is successful in 90% of people.