Our frequently asked questions about Botox®

What is Botox ®? fine lines

BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a type of medicine that is used to treat patients with certain neuromuscular conditions. One of the most researched medicines in the world, BOTOX® can be used in the treatment of:

  • Cervical dystonia – head tilting, neck pain, and neck muscle spasms
  • Blepharospasm – or abnormal eyelid spasms (eye twitching)
  • Strabismus – also called crossed eyes
  • Symptoms of sever underarm sweating – when topical medicines don’t work well enough
  • Muscle stiffness in the elbow, wrist, and finger muscles associated with upper limb spasticity
  • Headaches associated with chronic migraine

Q: How does Botox work?

A: Botox works by weakening the muscles into which it is injected. As facial muscles contract, the loose skin above those muscles wrinkle. By weakening the muscles, the wrinkles are reduced creating smoother looking skin.

Q: How long do results last?

A: The effects of Botox can last for three to four months but this depends on the individual’s skin type.

Q: How safe are wrinkle-relaxing injections? How often should you get Botox after your first injection? How many times can you have Botox?

A: Botox is very safe when injected by an expert such as Maria Phillips at the Bank Aesthetics Clinic in Kenilworth. As soon as your wrinkles return, you can have Botox again. There is no defined limit to the number of injections one can have. However, the body’s immune system is capable of developing antibodies to the Botox molecule which can make it ineffective at some point in the future.

Q: How many Botox treatments are needed before I see the results? 

A: When injected correctly for your skin type, the results will be seen after the first treatment. Botox takes two to four days before the muscle weakening effect takes place. The maximum effect occurs at about 10 to 14 days. The effect can then last for three to four months.

Q: Is it true that Botox can stop excessive perspiration on the palms and feet. Is this safe and are there any side effects?

A: Yes, Botox has been successfully used to reduce excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) on the palms and feet. The side effects are related to the number of muscles that are injected.

Q: Can you have Botox in a number of places at the same time, ie, both forehead lines and crow’s feet?

A: Yes, Botox is frequently given in multiple sites at the same time to provide maximum impact.

Q: Which areas of the face can you get Botox?

A: The most common areas of the face that are injected with Botox are the frown lines between the eyebrows, the forehead wrinkles and the crow’s feet.

If you have any further queries or questions about Botox® please get in touch with Bank Aesthetics and we will be happy to answer your questions.