What is ‘Botox’?
The word Botox is simply a brand of injection which is derived from Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. However there are several other brands available but the name ‘Botox’ is commonly used to refer to them all. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract and so the wrinkles relax and soften.
How is it done?
Small amounts of antiwrinkle medicine is injected into the target areas. The injections are done with help of a very fine needle. Common areas to be treated are the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow's feet around the eyes. but it can also be used for lip lines and to adjust the shape of the face and turn sad lips up! Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity do not respond to this treatment.
How long does a Botox treatment take?
The actual injections take only about 10 minutes. However, every patient is consulted and counselled prior to the treatment and before and after pictures are taken. This is discussed with you.
Is it painful?
Due to the extremely fine gauge of the needles, most people find it painless, however in certain sensitive areas anaesthetic cream might be applied prior to the treatment, numbing the area, and making the injections more comfortable. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
What am I going to look like immediately after the procedure?
Slight swelling at the site of injection is common and settles within 10-15 minutes. No changes are expected immediately; the results of the treatment are gradual and become apparent only after 24-72 hours after the injections but they are not fully seen until 2 weeks.
Can I use make-up after the treatment?
Make-up can be applied 4 hours after the injections.
What are the side effects?
Minimal swelling, occasionally some bruising, and slight muscle tightening. In very rare cases, flu-like symptoms can occur lasting a day or two. Transient eyelid drooping is sometimes seen, and settles within 2-3 weeks. Skin infections are very rare. Cases of allergy are quite rare.
How long does a Botox treatment last?
Treatment lasts about 3 months.
Does it work for everyone?
About 3% of patients develop resistance to the drug and consequently the duration of the effect is highly reduced.
Are there any contraindications?
You should not have this treatment if you have a disease associated with muscle weakness such as Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystophy, pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to components of the drug, antibiotic use a week prior to the treatment or are taking muscle relaxants.