This treatment uses purified protein produced by Botulinum Toxin Type A it is administered by injection at specific points on the face in extremely small amounts to relax contraction of facial muscles.
As we age the skin is creased in areas of repeated facial expression. The ageing process causes a loss in the skin’s ability to repair itself so that in the areas of over-use the lines become more visible. By reducing the movement of the muscle the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover and the lines gradually soften.
Botulinum toxin blocks impulses from the nerve to eccrine glands that produce sweat, or the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression, thus relaxing the muscles so they do not contract.
This treatment can be used to successfully to treat some headaches, hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration) in the underarms and the improvement of facial wrinkles with the psychological benefit of mood improvement by reducing frown lines.
What does treatment involve?
Treatment takes around 10-15 minutes and involves several tiny injections with a very fine needle around the areas to be treated. The treatment is not painful, with only minimal and brief discomfort, like a small sting. Following treatment you should avoid touching the area, strenuous exercise, lying down and alcohol for several hours.
An improvement will be noticeable in treated areas within two weeks, with results lasting up to four months. We will review the treatment after two weeks have passed and offer a ‘top up’ if required. Maintenance treatment is likely to be required every 3-4 months for a lasting result during the first two years of treatment with longer intervals thereafter.