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    Botox/neurotoxins

    Introduction

    Dynamic lines and wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying muscles every time a face smiles, laughs or frowns.

    Over time, constant and even sustained contraction of these muscles, may lead to more permanent lines and creases developing. With the advent of an approved drug, dynamic lines can be dramatically softened. The procedure, which uses a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (Botox), is also termed cosmetic denervation.

    Botulinum toxin has been used safely and successfully since 1982 by ophthalmologists to treat nervous twitching of the eyelid and lazy eye.Although used mainly as a line remover Botox has also been used successfully to combat the problem of excessive sweating of the underarms, palms and even soles.

    Posted by Mark Solomos in Non Surgical

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      Frequently asked questions

      What areas can be treated?

      Botox is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes.

      How is it done?

      The procedure itself is simple and safe. Botox is injected with a very tiny needle into the desired area. Depending on the area treated, between 4-10 injections are necessary. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used the pain is usually minor, like a sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete there is no discomfort. No sedation or local anaesthesia is required and as no recovery is required, patients can resume normal activities immediately.

      How long does it last?

      The full effects of Botox treatment are not apparent for three to seven days and the effects are temporary as the toxin is slowly metabolised by the body in approximately three to six months. As most patients are happy with the effects of Botox, a top up injection is required after this period of time to maintain the skin smoothing effects.

      Are there any side effects?

      There are very few side effects to this procedure, while allergy to any medicine is possible, it is rare indeed with Botox. While a very small amount of brow drooping can occur when injected in this area, this can usually be avoided by not treating the 1-cm area just above the eyebrows. However due to the non-permanent nature of Botox any non desired side effects are always temporary.

      Am I suitable candidate?

      Botox is well tolerated by most people, yet patients who are pregnant or have a neurologic disease should not be treated.

      What is Botox for excessive sweating?

      Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be socially as well as professionally disruptive and can lead to considerable emotional stress and embarrassment so patients who suffer can be successfully treated with Botox injections. When injected locally into the skin of a problem area, Botulin toxin type A potently blocks the nerve fibres used to stimulate sweat glands, resulting in almost complete cessation of sweat production from that area. As the toxin is injected only within the skin, there is no risk of affecting deeper muscle structures and therefore their function. The effects of the Botox treatment takes three to seven days to be demonstrated, and the sweat free effects last between three and 12 months. Repeat injections produce similar results. The treatment is well tolerated and is void of any adverse side effects.

      What areas can be treated?

      Botox is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes.

      What areas can be treated?

      Botox is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes.

      What areas can be treated?

      Botox is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes.

      What areas can be treated?

      Botox is most commonly performed in the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crows feet or laughter lines radiating away from the eyes.

      How does it work?

      When injected into a given area Botox, which is the trade name of Botulinum toxin type A, reversibly blocks the impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. By doing this, the muscles cannot contract and therefore tend to relax. When muscles relax, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles continue to contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.

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