How safe is Botox? Isn't it a poison?
Botox is extremely safe in the usual cosmetic doses, with a wide margin for safety. It has been used for cosmetic purposes for over 25 years world wide without serious incidents. It continues to be used safely in treating certain childhood muscle spasm disorders. Botox is a naturally occurring toxin. Purified toxins (including tetanus, for example) have been used in mainstream medical practice for decades, very safely.
How long does the treatment take?
One of the wonderful things about Botox treatments is the ease and rapidity of the treatments. This is a 20 minute treatment and can be fitted into a busy schedule with little impact on your day. There is no need for local anaesthetic or recovery time. You can return to work with no external signs of having been treated.
Will I see results immediately?
No, Botox typically takes 3 to 5 days for its effects to be seen. Results are complete by 2 weeks, and Botox typically lasts 3 to 4 months.
What can go wrong?
Some patients can get disappointing results if their expectations are inappropriate. At Fraser Clinic, we prefer to achieve subtle results which compliment clients natural looks rather than flattening all muscles of facial expression. We prefer our clients to look refreshed, not frozen, and we find that our clients prefer this approach as well. Bruising can occur, especially in treating the crows feet area.
A droopy upper eyelid or brow can occur if injecting technique is not appropriate, or if excessive dosage is used in older patients with skin laxity. At Fraser Clinic especially with new clients, we prefer to be conservative with our Botox dosage and prefer to see our new clients back in 2 weeks to assess the results and, if necessary, offer a "top up" dose at the time.
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.