Botulin Toxin A is a naturally occurring bacterial protein. Tiny doses are injected under the skin into selected muscles. This causes the muscles to relax by acting at the junction between the nerves and the muscle to prevent the release of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine from the nerve endings. This prevents the muscles from contracting. The muscle relaxation will improve or erase wrinkles and is temporary and gradually wears off.
Before any treatment is undertaken a consultation is required to check there are no contraindications to you having the treatment. The consultation will assess your face and the areas you perceive as needing treatment and discuss what is achievable and recommended. The consultation and treatment will normally last for approximately 30 minutes.
The effects will begin to appear within 2 to 3 days with the maximum effect been seen at around 2 weeks. The effects of the first treatment will usually last about 3-4 months but sometimes longer. Subsequent treatments tend to last for up to 5-6 months.
Treatment consists of a serious of small injections with a very fine needle. Discomfort is minimised by using a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) prior to any injections.
Botulin toxin was first used medically in humans in 1977 and is used to treat a variety of medical conditions; blepharospasm, torticollis, spasmodic dystonia and many other diseases related to muscle dysfunction, migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Like any treatments there is always the chance of side effects. This is why a consultation is essential to check your suitability for the proposed treatment and minimise the chances of any unwanted side effects. It is also vital to check there are no contra-indications to you undergoing the treatments. When side effects do occur they tend to occur within the first week following injections and do not last for very long and are usually mild to moderate in severity. Some side effects are related to poor injection technique and therefore it is essential that an appropriatly qualified medical professional carries out your treatment. From the product literature the following side effects are listed:
Possible very common side effects (affects more than 1 user in 10)
redness, swelling, irritation, rash, itching, tingling, pain, discomfort, stinging or bruising at the site of injection
Possible common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
tired eyes, drooping of the upper eyelid, swelling of the eyelid, watering eyes, dry eyes, twitching of the muscles around the eye
Possible uncommon side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 1000)
disturbed, blurred or double vision, dizziness, allergic reactions (rare affects 1 to 10 users in 10 000), itchy and lumpy rash, eye movement disorder