Q: What exactly is Botox and how safe is it?
A: Botox® is the brand name for a bacterial protein – Botulinum Toxin Type-A manufactured by Allergan. When injected into a muscle, the protein blocks the nerve signals that usually make the muscle contract. The muscle therefore relaxes which has the effect of smoothing the overlying skin.Botox® has been used for over 20 years in the treatment of lines and wrinkles as well as many areas of medicine, such as in the treatment of chronic muscle spasm. The bacteria used to manufacture Botox are very similar to those used to make other commonly used medicines such as Penicillin.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: No. Botox® injections are relatively painless. If you are particularly concerned or sensitive to pain, the area can be effectively numbed with ice for a few minutes.
Q: How long will my treatment take?
A: The first step is a thorough consultation about the areas that you would like to improve. A complete medical history check is then done to ensure that it is perfectly safe to proceed with the treatment. The actual administration of the product typically only takes a few minutes.
Q: Are there any side effects & can I go out or back to work after my treatment?
A: Immediately after the treatment, you may have some slight redness and swelling at the injection sites. If you wear make-up, you can gently reapply this before you leave. If not, these effects will subside in about 20 minutes and generally no-one will notice that anything has been done. In the following days, you may see some slight bruising which will only last a few days. There are some more serious but extremely rare side effects which will be discussed with you at your consultation, these are best prevented by having your treatment with a skilled, Degree-qualified practitioner.
Q: Will I see the results immediately?
A: No. It takes 3–10 days to see the effects of your treatment. You will have a brief review visit at two weeks by which time the full effect of the treatment can be assessed.
Q: How long will the treatment last?
A: Initially, the muscle-relaxing effect of your treatment will last about 3 months. As you continue to have Botox, the muscles take longer to recover and you will see the effects last longer (up to 6 months).