Botox® is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is injected to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles.
Botulinum toxin has proven to be a successful and protein when dosage, and frequency of treatment are taken into account.
“Only the application of an incorrect dose makes a remedy poisonous”, hence it is important to only be treated by a trained medical practitioner.
Botulinum toxin can be injected into people in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, which leaves the muscles without the ability to contract, therefore paralyzing them.
When injected correctly, Botox® will appear to iron out wrinkles and lines in aging faces. It can be useful for treating a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions including Hyperhidrosis (excessive seating), Frown lines between the eyebrows, Crow’s Feet Lines etc.
How is the procedure performed?
Botuilinum toxin takes up to 72 hours to take effect and make a noticeable difference.
The botulinum toxin is administered by diluting the powder in saline (sodium chloride) and injecting directly into neuromuscular tissue. In very rare circumstances, some individuals may require as many as five days for the full effect to be observed.
Who should not have Botox® ?
Botulinum toxin should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, as well as people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.
What are the risks and side effects of Botox® ?
Injections with botulinum toxin are generally well tolerated and side effects are few.
How we perform your Botox® ? injections at our Kenilworth Clinic
We apply a numbing cream to the treatment area one hour prior to your procedure in order for it to work. Many of our patients come into the office and have my nurse apply the cream. You can then sit and read or just relax until your procedure.
The prescribing nurse then removes the cream and cleans your skin with alcohol. We use gel ice packs to cool the skin, providing a little more pain relief and also shrinking the blood vessels to decrease bruising.
The prescribing nurse then administers the Botox®. A series of carefully placed injections add the toxin directly to the muscle.
Following the injection, you should stay still for about ten minutes to allow the liquid to be absorbed by the muscle. Then go home and be tranquil for the next two hours. Botox® will have adhered to the muscle by then and should not spread. After a couple of hours you can apply light makeup and go about your business. But don’t exercise on the day of the injection.
You won’t see immediate results. It takes between two and fourteen days for the Botox® to work.
Once the Botox® takes effect, it lasts two to six months. You should allow the first injection to wear off before having another. That way you will know how long it lasts in you.
If you have further enquiries please contact our Kenilworth clinic, by calling 01926 859988.