The word Botox was originally the commercial name given for injections derived from Clostridium Botulismus bacteria, however the term has become so widespread that today, it is the common way to refer to it. When injected into the muscles under the skin, they are paralyzed by the toxin created by the bacteria, and the result is a smoothing of the skin's surface. Also, Botox relieves migraines caused by overly active muscular tension. At Sussex Aesthetics, we mainly use the Merz brand because it has a lower protein load. This means there is a lower chance that the body will develop a resistance to the product, and so it lasts longer.
Small amounts of Botox are injected into the target areas. The injections are done with help of a very fine needle. Common areas to be treated are the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow's feet around the eyes.
The actual injections take only 5 to 10 minutes. However, every patient is consulted and counselled prior to the treatment and a before photo is taken. The entire process requires approximately 30 minutes.
Due to the extremely fine gauge of the needles, most people find it painless, however in certain sensitive areas anaesthetic cream might be applied prior to the treatment, numbing the area, and making the injections more comfortable. This will be discussed with you during your consultation
Slight swelling at the site of injection settles within 10-15 minutes. No changes are expected immediately; the results of the treatment are gradual and become apparent only after 24-72 hours after the injections.
Make-up can be applied half an hour after the injections.
Minimal swelling, occasionally some bruising, and slight muscle tightening. In very rare cases, flu-like symptoms can occur lasting a day or two. Transient eyelid drooping is sometimes seen, and settles within 2-3 weeks. Skin infections are very rare. Cases of allergy are quite rare.
On average skin remains smooth for 3-6 months, and can last up to 9 months.
About 3% of patients develop resistance to the drug and consequently the duration of the effect is highly reduced.
You should not have this treatment if you have a disease associated with muscle weakness such as Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystophy, pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to components of the drug, antibiotic use a week prior to the treatment or are taking muscle relaxants.