Botox (Leeds) is the most popular non- surgical anti-ageing procedure performed today around the world. It has been used safely and effectively in cosmetics for many years with long lasting results on expression (dynamic) lines of the face. It is the treatment of choice to help prevent and improve facial wrinkles and lines that are caused by repetitive muscle movement.
Botox (Botulinum toxin type A)
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the Bacterium clostridium botulinum. It is a prescription only medicine and has been approved by the US FDA (food & drug administration) in 2002 to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella lines).
Botox works by temporarily blocking the release of a chemical substance called acetylcholine, which transmits information to the muscle causing it to contract and tighten. The role of Botox is to keep the muscle in a relaxed state by inactivating it so that the skin will not be tightened and pulled which causes the wrinkling. This will keep the skin looking smoother giving you the appearance of looking more refreshed and youthful.
The effects of Botox will last approximately over three months and after this the treatment will need to be repeated, However over time and by having repeated treatments the muscle activity is weakened and the results can last a lot longer. The use of Botox is not recommended in individuals under 18 years and in patients older than 65 years.
Botox cannot be given:
If you are allergic (hypersensitive to botulinum toxin type A or any other ingredients in the drug)
If you are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambet Syndrome (chronic diseases affecting the muscles)
If you have infection at the proposed injection sites
If you have history of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) or impaired swallowing
If you are taking certain medications; such as aminoglycoside antibiotics, spectinomycin or other medicines that interfere with neuromuscular transmission.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding
Facial areas treated
Botox is most commonly used in the upper third of the face yet it can be used successfully as an advanced treatment in the lower face to relax and temporarily inactivate muscles.
Most common areas treated
Frown Lines between the eyebrows (glabella)
Lines around the eyes (crow’s feet)
Forehead lines (horizontal lines)
Bunny lines (side of the nose)
Treating the areas listed above will help prevent dynamic winkles caused by over activity of muscles.
Recommendations prior to injection:
To help avoid bruising it is advisable not to take aspirin or anti-inflammatories (unless being prescribed by a physician) medications for one week prior to injection.
How is the treatment given?
A full medical and facial assessment will be undertaken and pre-photos taken prior to treating any individual.
Botox comes in the form of a vial containing 50 or 100 units of botulinum toxin type A in powder form. This has to be diluted by adding a saline solution so that it can be injected. The skin will then be disinfected and the treating professional will mark the muscles to be injected with a white marking pencil. Tiny disposable insulin needles are used to inject into the targeted muscles, the procedure is quick, relatively pain free and little downtime.
Common side effects are:
Most side effects are associated with the injection (redness, stinging sensation, rarely bruising) and will be very short lived maybe only hours. Some people may experience a mild headache for a few days following treatment yet this will be easily treatable.
After care treatment
Immediate care- for at least 4 hours after treatment you must remain upright and do not bend excessively. Up to 12 hours you must avoid alcohol and wearing of make-up.
For 2 days do not rub or massage the treated area and gently pat skin dry with a soft towel after washing.
For 2 weeks after treatment avoid strong sunlight and saunas, do not have facials.
Treatment will only be carried out after a face to face consultation has been performed and it is deemed to be appropriate. This can be carried out on the same day under the directive of the medical director Dr G. Hall