what is botox?
Botox is the brand name of the purified toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It has been used cosmetically for more than 10 years and been used to treat certain medical conditions for over 20 years. Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles by a medical practitioner and used to treat the following areas:
how does it work?
Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles can no longer contract so the wrinkles relax and soften.
what happens during treatment?
Initial consultation with our cosmetic nurse/doctor is required to assess your suitability for Botox. Once the appropriate dosage has been calculated for you a series of small injections are then administered into the muscle.
how long does treatment take?
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. Most clients are in and out of the clinic without any downtime following Botox cosmetic treatment.
does it hurt?
Minor discomfort may be experienced due to the needle used to administer the treatment. Following treatment discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
how long does the treatment last?
Botox takes 3 to 5 days to begin to work. The treatment can take up to 2 weeks to reach the completed results. Anti-wrinkle injections are a temporary procedure and at first, you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3 or 4 months. If you maintain your treatment appointments with the frequency recommended (every 3-4 months), the duration of each treatment result may last longer than 4 months.
are there any special pretreatment instructions?
For one week before treatment, please avoid the following medications and supplements: aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen, Excedrin (all OTC pain pills except Tylenol), vitamin E, vitamin A (Tretinoin, Aetin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Triluma), Gingko Biloba, Omega-3 fatty acids, cod liver oil, CoQ10, garlic and ginger.
Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours before treatment.
Avoid sun exposure to the area to be treated one week before treatment.
Do not take any muscle relaxing medications at least 3-5 days before treatment.
what are the possible side effects?
Redness at the treatment site lasting 2-3 hours/bruising/swelling of treatment area/dull heavy sensation/occasional headache/ptosis (droop) of eyebrow or eyelid (rare)/double vision (very rare).
Do not have a facial, nor rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours after your treatment.
Do not lie down or do strenuous exercise for 3 hours after treatment.
Avoid any exposure to a sauna/steam room/hot tub or tanning for 4 hours.
Please be aware that some clients experience a mild headache after their treatment, if this happens take paracetamol as needed.
Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Nurofen or other anti-inflammatories as this may increase bruising.
Any tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours after your treatment.
There is a small risk of bruising. If this does occur, it will only be temporary and can easily be covered with makeup.