It is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating an improved appearance. The active ingredients in BOTOX' treatment is botulinum toxin type A derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.
BOTOX® treatment is a prescription-only medicine and as such is only available from your doctor It is registered for the treatment of glabellar frown lines, which are the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown.
How long does BOTOX therapy last?
The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX® treatments, the effect tends to last longer.
Does BOTOX treatment cause more wrinkles to form?
BOTOX® treatment 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.
Are there any side effects?
In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, BOTOX® therapy is also used to treat patients of most age groups in a variety of therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and axillary hyperhidrosls (excessive underarm sweating).
In the amounts used for the treatment of frown lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations and nausea.