ANTI-AGING AND ANTI-SWEATING INJECTIONS

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botox is a protein derived from naturally occurring Botulinum Toxin.

Botulinum Toxin is a muscle relaxant which may help treat a number of conditions within the body. It works by partially blocking the nerve impulses to any muscles that have been injected and reduces excessive contractions of these muscles. In the case of chronic migraine, Botox may block pain signals, which indirectly blocks the development of a migraine.

Anti-aging injections can temporarily improve the appearance of:
• Vertical lines between the eyebrows seen at maximum frown
• Fan-shaped lines from the corner of the eyes seen at maximum smile
• Forehead lines seen at maximum raised eyebrows

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES IN THE SKIN

Wrinkles are part of the ageing process. They can be attributed to sun damage, the effects of gravity and muscle contraction resulting from facial expressions such as frowning and laughing. Wrinkles due to the effects of gravity represent natural changes seen in the facial skin and the underlying fat, muscles and bones.
Wrinkles caused by muscle contraction such as frown lines, forehead lines and crows’ feet, might be improved with anti-aging injections.

EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Also known as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can be a troublesome issue.
Botulinum toxin injections can be used to decrease sweating of the underarms and palms of the hands.

A thorough medical consultation is performed to find out if you are suitable for any of the treatments.

FAQ

Botox is injected directly into the muscles that cause the wrinkles, using a very small needle. Several injections are usually needed at specific sites, depending on the area treated (see diagram 1). When used to treat excessive underarm sweating, local anaesthetic is applied to the skin first.

It is normal to feel a little discomfort when the liquid is being injected into the skin but this does not usually last long.
There may appear to be a ‘bubble’ where the injection has been placed which will disperse within an hour or so.

Botox usually takes effect 2 weeks after treatment on the face. Its effects generally last for approximately 3-4 months. When injected into the muscles that are responsible for expression wrinkles, it gives the face a more relaxed and smoother appearance. Sometimes longer lasting effects (9-12 months) are seen after treatment of excessive sweating. When a gradual fading of treatment effect is noticed you may return to have another treatment.

It is not uncommon to have a mild headache after Botox® injections.
Potential side effects associated with Botox® include temporary injection-site reactions such as:
• Redness
• Swelling
• Itching
• Pain
• Tingling/numbness
• Firmness/bumps
• Bruising

No severe complications after cosmetic use of Botox have been reported in the literature. As a derivative of a natural product, Botox is broken down safely in the body. If you are pregnant, or trying to conceive, then Botox is not suitable.

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Please, note you might be directed to visit our sister practice in North London: Dental Artistry if the availability of Dr Evaghoras at our clinic is not convenient for you.