Botox treatments have been used in hospitals around the UK since 1977 and within the cosmetic surgery industry for over 20 years. It is used in 70 countries and is used on over 4 million patients in the USA alone, every year.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is the original and best-known brand name and the most tested product on the market. It is the result of many decades of studies and has been used extensively in medicine. It is the safest product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
What does the treatment involve?
While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
Who would this treatment suit?
This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) for a short period of time. It can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines.
Who should avoid this treatment?
Those who have medical conditions, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications. Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
What results does the treatment aim to provide?
The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expression and can be adjusted to ensure natural results. The duration of results is variable in between individuals but ranges from 3 to 6 months.
Typically, patients will come into the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. Good practitioners shouldn’t just look at treating this specific line, but will look beyond the line at how the face looks as a whole (as treating an individual line might make the face look unnatural). Sometimes patients come in and say their colleagues and friends keep telling them that they look tired or grumpy when this isn’t the case. In these cases, it’s usually not a single line that is creating this impression, but multiple factors, and the practitioner should talk through treatment options with the patient.
Advanced Botox™ treatment for sweating
The Botox™has been specially formulated to target excessive underarm sweating otherwise known as hyperhidrosis which can be caused through a variety of factors like genes, environment and overactive thyroid glands.
As part of the treatment, we will inject Botulinum toxin directly into the armpit area. This is a pain-free and quick procedure that will be over in a matter of minutes. Patients can expect the results of the Azallure treatment to be noticed within 3-4 days and to last for a period up to 6 months.
Benefits of Botox™ treatment for sweating
• Feel fresh and don’t worry anymore about revealing your underarms in public
• You will be brimming with confidence as you concentrate on more important matters other than your sweating
• Won’t have to change your clothes several times a day to keep on top of sweating
• Clothes will not be stained by sweat patches, deodorant or anti-perspirant stains
• Save money as the costs of using anti-perspirant will be reduced