The administration of 'Botox' involves giving a small injection with a micro-fine sterile needle containing a drug derived from the Botulinum Toxin A. Safe use of this drug requires knowledge of facial anatomy in addition to the pharmaceuticals involved, hence procedures should only be performed by a qualified medical professional. Botulinum toxin is typically used to temporarily reduce or inhibit the movement of specific facial muscles responsible for maintaining and creating old and new fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, while the use of Botox and other similar drugs can minimise the appearance of existing lines, it also has preventative actions, and can stop the development of new lines and wrinkles, helping to maintain a more youthful look for longer.
In addition to this well-known use of Botulinum toxin, it is also used as a treatment for excessive sweating. Sweat is produced by our apocrine sweat glands which lie within the dermis layer of the skin; when botox is injected into these glands, it can reduce the production of sweat, thereby aiding those for whom sweating may be particularly excessive or troublesome.
While results are often noticed after 48 hours, the maximum effect of Botox is seen after 2 weeks. First treatments typically last 3-4 months, but after subsequent treatments results are often seen for over 6 months.
Commonly requested toxin treatments
Areas include: forehead lines, frown lines, crows' feet, chemical brow lift, gummy smile treatment, bunny lines treatment, pebble chin treatment, downturned mouth treatment
While many people are aware of the common anti-wrinkle injections used for the horizontal forehead lines, '11-shaped' frown lines, and the lines around the eyes known as 'crows' feet', there are lots of other uses of botulinum toxin, which are becoming increasingly popular. Careful placement of the drug can cause a subtle brow lift. Likewise, in just two injections a troublesome 'gummy smile' can be brought down to hide the gum and create a more desirable look. Other increasingly common treatments include those to remove the fine wrinkles along the nose, smoothing the 'pebbled' appearance on the chin, and lifting the corners of the mouth.