What is Botox?
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The botulinum toxin is used to treat a number of health and cosmetic problems, including treating muscle spasticity, migraines, chronic pain and facial rejuvenation.
Botox treatment works by injecting the drug into the area to be treated. The botox injection then weakens or paralises certain muscles in the area being treated. These effects last for a period of several months to a year, depending on the problem being treated.
What is Botox treatment used for in Thomson Specialist Skin Centre?
At Thomson Specialist Skin Centre, botox injections are used primarily in cosmetic treatments. It is used in the reduction of facial wrinkles and frown lines, especially around the forehead and eyelids. Botox injections around the lips also reduce laugh lines around the area. A botox injection into the muscles surrounding the facial wrinkles cases the relaxation of those muscles. This then results in a smoothing of the skin surface – the changes before and after the treatment are very visible. Smoothing of the facial wrinkles becomes more visible about three days after the Botox treatment and the effects last for approximately three to four months after the procedure. Botox can also be used to reduce excessive sweating in the underarm region.
Is Botox treatment safe?
Botox injections are considered safe, especially in clinical settings. There are some possible side effects such as partial paralysis of the facial muscles – which is generally the result of the toxin being injected into the wrong muscle group or spreading beyond the injection site. In some instances, temporary drooping eyelids may also occur.
The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site (due to the mode of application) .
You should practise caution when opting for this form of cosmetic treatment and not use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also not go through this procedure if you are allergic to the botulinum toxin. Botox injections on an area which has an infection must be avoided. Avoid cold or allergy medication, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills when undergoing Botox treatment. Consult with your doctor and make sure you understand the risks before undergoing this procedure.
Is Botox treatment painless?
A Botox injection may cause pain similar to that of an acupuncture treatment. As the needles used for Botox injections are small, the pain is usually minimal. Before injecting, the area to be treated is usually numbed with a topical anaesthetic or cold pack to minimise the pain.