Inevitably, wrinkles and lines form over time because the skin becomes less elastic and flexible. This is a normal part of the ageing process. However, it is important to think about how lines and wrinkles can make you look more tired, angry or older than you are. Lines on your face are often linked with negative emotions. Botox is a purified protein that is injected in mini scale amounts into the appropriate muscle, causing it to relax and improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet. It is also used to treat hyperhidrosis (the underarm) for excessive sweating.
After treatment, you can still frown and smile normally, just the wrinkles around the eyes and forehead will be reduced.This treatment works by partially blocking nerve impulses, and if injected into a muscle it will reduce the excessive contractions of larger muscles. Correction with Botox is very natural and most patients feel that they have a more rested and less “angry” look. Botox must only be injected by a registered medical doctor, trained with specific skills on how to use the medicine.
Do not use Botox if:
- You know that you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Botulinum toxin type A or any of the other ingredients in Botox.
- If you have an infection or damaged skin, like acne or swelling, redness or eczema at the proposed site of injection.
- During pregnancy or breastfeeding without consultation with your doctor.
It is advisable to fill out your details and medical history as accurately as possible on the form provided.
If you are taking medication on a regular basis, including complementary (e.g. vitamins, minerals, etc.) or traditional medications, the use of Botox with these medicines may cause undesirable reactions.
Botox correction lasts, on average, three/four months, but will vary depending on the condition of the skin, area treated, amount of product injected, injection technique and lifestyle (such as sun exposure and smoking). However, after repeated injections, the results might last longer. The effect of Botox becomes apparent in the first three to five days after treatment. Botox can be combined with other forms of rejuvenation, such as collagen H.A., laser and RF (radio frequency) treatments, laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
Botox treatments offer a patient the benefit of a quick, simple procedure with no downtime. Results of your treatment may take up to fourteen days to take full effect.
- For four hours, do not lie down or do “strenuous” exercise and similar activities, nor should you do anything that increases the blood flow to the injected area.
- For twelve hours, avoid extreme facial expressions, alcohol consumption, and applying make-up.
- For twenty-four hours, do not rub or massage the treated areas as this could influence the effectiveness of the product. It is advised to sleep with your head a little elevated and not to put pressure on the area that was treated for at least forty-eight hours.
- For two weeks, avoid direct sun exposure, UV light, freezing temperatures and saunas.
Tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours after your treatments.