Botulinum Toxin is a naturally occurring purified protein with a wide array of uses. Most people are aware of the use in anti-wrinkle treatments however Botulinum Toxin is also well known to provide successful treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating – for example on the face, hands, feet, or underarms), relief from migraines, treatment for teeth clenching/grinding, jaw pain, and resolution of high smiles aka gummy smiles. Anti-wrinkle treatments act to smooth lines and wrinkles of the face creating a fresher, younger appearance. Botulinum Toxin works by blocking the receptors responsible for muscle contraction, which causes muscle relaxation, therefore leaving the skin looking smoother and less predisposed to deep wrinkles, and future line formation. Anti-wrinkle treatment with Botulinum Toxin can help prevent deep lines and wrinkles from occurring with age. Common areas for wrinkles to appear are between the eyes (known as ‘‘frown lines”), the forehead, and at the sides of the eyes sometimes known as “crows feet” or “smile lines”. In addition, wrinkles are commonly found around the mouth and these lines, called ‘‘smokers lines’‘ can also respond well to treatment. When wrinkle lines have become established they are more resistant to anti-wrinkle treatment alone with the use of Botulinum Toxin and may therefore require additional treatment with filler product that can act dually to plump the skin as well as soften the lines. All treatment is specific to each individual therefore a thorough consultation is offered and allows us to fully explore your bespoke treatment options.
Treatment time: 30 minutes
Effects seen: 2-14 days after treatment
Expected duration of results: 3-6 months (treatment for hyperhydrosis lasts between 12-18 months)
Side Effects: headaches, bruising, swelling, infection, paralysis of other muscles, allergic reaction, asymmetry