Botox is arguably the most popular treatment worldwide for the treatment of wrinkles in the upper face. Literally millions of treatments have been administered worldwide over recent years with a well proven track record of safety. There are at least two commercial preparations of Botulinum available in New Zealand distributed as Botox and Dysport; both equally effective and both used at Fraser Clinic.
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin type A, is derived from a naturally occuring bacterium. In larger doses the bacterial toxin can be harmful. However, for medicinal uses, the botulinum is extremely diluted, purified and sterilized. It causes muscle relaxation and has been used to treat neurological disorders for many years and is proven to be safe in small doses. More and more medical uses are being found for Botox. Only about 20 units are used for a typical cosmetic injection, and it would take a very large dose to harm a human.
Botox is effective for the treatment of frown lines, brow lines and crows feet lines. Other applications for this remarkable medication include lines around the mouth, chin and neck. Medical applications include excessive underarm and palmar sweating, and migraine. Botox works by binding with the nerve muscle junction to block normal nerve transmission. This is a temporary block, which usually lasts 3-4 months.
Botox is frequently combined with other treatments, for example, dermal fillers or IPL, in order to achieve a balanced result for the whole face.
Side effects from Botox relate mainly to the incorrect placement or excessive dosage in treating frown lines. This can result in the development of excessive weakness or asymmetry of the result. Fortunately, this complication is temporary and uncommon in practised hands. Bruising may also occur, especially in treating crow feet areas but is usually short lived.
As with all medical and cosmetic procedures, there is no substitute for the careful assessment of the clients needs by a practitioner familiar with the proper use of Botox. Please contact us on 07 578 9495 to discuss Botox and how it may benefit you.
For further botox treatments please read Hyperhydrosis; axillary and palmar.
You will need to pay for this medicine and the doctor’s consultation.
Dysport® treatment lasts for about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Discuss with your specialist if Dysport® is right for you. Dysport® is a Prescription Medicine containing 500 units of Clostridium botulinum Type A toxin-haemagglutinin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine.
Cautions: Presence of infection at site of injection and glaucoma. Dysport® should only be used with caution under close supervision in patients with subclinical or clinical evidence of marked defective neuro-muscular transmission. Teratology and other reproductive studies have not been performed and Dysport’s safety in pregnancy and and lactation has not been established. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling and nausea.
If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor.
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of Botulinium toxin type A for injection. It is used for treatment of frown lines. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risk of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: People with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.