Botox has been around since the 1980s when it was first used for facial muscle spasms and crossed eyes (strabismus).
In February 06, a licence was given for the use of Botox for some cosmetic treatments. Since then Botox was re branded by Allergan as Vistabel for Cosmetic use. Shortly after Galderma launched Azzalure In the UK. Vistabel and Azzalure both have a licence to treat frown lines (glabellar area) in the UK, other areas of the face can be treated off ‘licence’ and this has been done safely for over 20 years.
Botox is the brand name give for Botulinum toxin type A, it works by blocking impulses that cause the facial muscles to contract. The action is never permanent and usualy last for 3 or 4 months.
Facial lines are caused by the repeated use of the facial muscles of expression such as squinting and frowning. Botox works by reducing the amount of facial muscle movement, causing the lines to be softened.
Doctors have used Botulinum Toxin type A in medical practice for over 20 years for treatment of muscle spasticity in conditions such as cerebral palsy, dystonia and facial spasms. Botox has also been shown to improve headaches such as migraines when areas in the upper part of the face are treated and hyperhydrosis ( excessive sweating).
Data shows treatments are safe with a few short term side effects such as minimal bruising at the injection sites and minor headaches which are short lived. Some people worry that Botox may be dangerous, however administered in the correct manner by a skilled medical professional carries very little risk.
All our botulinum toxin treatments are performed by Dr Teri Johnson of M C Treatments.
Popular treatments performed include:
- Frown reduction with Botox in Cheshire
- Brow Lift
- Forehead line reduction
- Crows feet smoothing
- Bunny line reduction
- Correction of asymmetrical eye brows and of facial features.
- Nasal tip elevation with Botox
- Chin crease reduction
- Reduction of cobblestone effect of chin
- Reduction of excessive sweating from armpits and hands
- Depressor Anguli Oris Muscle for sad mouth corners
Wrinkle relaxing treatments not recommended in anyone who:
- Is pregnant, trying to conceive or is breast feeding
- Suffers a neuromuscular disorder
- Has had a severe allergic reaction ( even though allergies to botox are rare)
If you are taking herbal or medical treatments you must discuss this our doctor before any treatment.
What should you do and not do after Botox?
- Do gently exercise the treatment areas by frowning, smiling and lifting the eyebrows to optimise your results
- Do not perform strenuous physical activity for 3 days
- Do not rub or massage the treatment areas as this may increase the risk of complications by spreading the product
- Do not take alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for 24 hours as they can increase the risk of bruising and swelling
What are the risks and side effects of Botox®?
- Small area of redness at treatment site lasting 2-3 hours (common)
- Bruising / swelling of treatment area (less common)
- Dull heavy sensation +/- occasional headache (less common)
- Ptosis (droop) of eyebrow or eyelid (rare)
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