How does Botox® work?
Botox® blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Are Botox® treatments safe?
Botox® injections have been used safely and effectively for over ten years to treat many ophthalmological and neurological disorders. Each year thousands of patients receive Botox® treatments for a variety of conditions. This procedure is one of the safest available for reduction of wrinkles.
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What is the treatment like?
Using a tiny microneedle, a very small amount of Botox® is injected, very precisely, into several locations in the face. No sedation or local anesthetic is required and you can resume normal activities immediately. When injected in minute amounts, Botox® works to paralyze those muscles that cause you to frown. The injections take about 10 minutes, are relatively painless and the effect lasts between four to six months.
Are there any side effects?
Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the injection site. This can be covered with makeup. In some cases, the Botox® can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Dr Karl discuss this with you in length before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox® are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, lasting only a few weeks.
Is Dysport® different from Botox®?
Dysport® and Botox® are essentially the same except with minor formulation differences from different manufacturers. For all practical purposes, both products perform identically and either can be used to achieve the same results.
I’m interested in knowing more – where to from here?
Make a time to come in and see the friendly team at Cosmedics for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your cosmetic requirements.
Why should I get this done at Cosmedics?
Peace of Mind! Having performed many such procedures, Dr Karl’s expertise is based on extensive education, experience, and a commitment to helping you achieve the results you desire. Once again it’s the integrated approach!! Beauty is not just skin deep – so by combining leading edge cosmetic treatments with natural anti-ageing medicine, we promote youthful looking skin as well as a healthy internal balance.
Botox® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines and excessive sweating. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Some people have reported temporary side effects; the most common being headache, eyelid droop, pain and injection site pain. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure.
Botulinum toxin type A is available in two formulations in New Zealand: Dysport® and Botox®. However, their different manufacturing methods mean that they have different dose strengths. The dose required for treating an area is worked out by the physician, who will adjust for this difference in strength.