WHAT DOES BOTOX TREATMENT INVOLVE?
BOTOX is a non surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally, BOTOX treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.
After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the BOTOX treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your doctor will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX TREATMENT LAST?
The effect can last up to 4 months before the lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX treatments the effect tends to last longer.
DOES BOTOX CAUSE MORE WRINKLES TO FORM?
BOTOX will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further BOTOX treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.
WILL FACIAL EXPRESSION BE AFFECTED BY BOTOX TREATMENT?
BOTOX works specifically on the muscles treated. This means any muscle left untreated should not be affected by the BOTOX treatment.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, BOTOX treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face) and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).
In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, swelling or bruising at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, skin tightness, tingling sensations, itching/aching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms.
HOW LONG HAS BOTOX BEEN USED?
BOTOX treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first approved for use in Australia for movement disorders (eye and face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.
CAN BOTOX BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES?
Many people use a combination of cosmetic products and/or procedures with BOTOX. Your doctor will advise you as to whether or not you will receive better results if your BOTOX treatment is combined with other products or procedures.
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