Botulinum toxin is licensed for cosmetic treatments and has been used medically for over 30 years. It is a toxin that paralyses muscles temporarily, thereby stopping the formation of wrinkles. It is effective in reducing wrinkles on the forehead, the frown lines and the crow’s feet around the eyes. It can also be used to raise the brows or create an arched eyebrow. Botulinum toxin can also be effective in treating excessive sweating / hyperhidrosis in the armpits, palms and soles of the feet.
What should I expect ?
Your requirements will be discussed during the consultation to decide on the areas to be treated. Small amounts of the toxin is injected just beneath the skin, into the muscles to be treated. The needles that are used are very small and are not particularly painful so no anaesthetic is required. The injected areas are usually a little red for the first few hours before settling down. It is important not to massage the injected areas and you should also avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the first 24 hours. The toxin takes 3-7 days to work and usually lasts between 4-6 months. This may be slightly less at your first injection and longer if you have had treatments in the past.
What is the follow up ?
No formal follow up is required however if you require a top-up then you can be seen at 2 weeks
What are the risks and complications ?
Redness : There will be some redness around the injection sites that will last for a few hours
Bruising : Bruising around the injection sites is uncommon. When it does occur, it is usually minor and settles in a few days
Eyelid / Eyebrow droop : The botulinum toxin can cause a droop to the eyelid or eyebrow if the toxin travels to these muscles. It is therefore important to be assessed prior to your treatment to ensure that the toxin is suitable for you. It is also important to avoid massaging the injected areas and strenuous exercise 24 hours after your treatment
Allergic reactions : Allergic reactions are possible but are very rare