what is botox?
Botox is a natural, purified protein that
relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating a smoothed, rejuvenated
and more youthful appearance. Its a simple non-surgical procedure
that smoothes the deep, persistent facial lines that develop
over time. One ten minute treatment - a few tiny injections
- relaxes the muscles between your brows that cause those
lines to form and keeps them relaxed for four months.
The results are dramatic and apparent within
days. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of people rated the improvement
in their frown lines as moderate or better. For many, Botox
temporarily erases these lines.
Botox is the only botulinum toxin in the
world registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved
by the US FDA. It has been widely tested with 12 years of
safe and effective use in hundreds of thousands of patients
worldwide for various medical uses.
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what botox isn't
Botox is not magic. It's a medicine. Botox is a
highly purified protein that is extracted from bacteria, in
a similar way that penicillin comes from a mould.
Botox will not radically change your appearance
or make you look like you've had a facelift. It will not make
you look twenty years younger. It will not "freeze"
your facial expressions. It softens them and works where you
want it to. It does not travel throughout the body and does
not remain in your body indefinitely.
how botox works
Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated
facial expressions. Botox relaxes the tiny facial muscles
that cause expression lines, leaving the overlying skin smooth
and unwrinkled. Once the muscle is relaxed, you cannot contract
it and continue to make the undesirable facial expression.
Thus the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new creases
are prevented from forming.
Botox works on the specific areas treated.
Other muscles like those used to raise the eyebrows are not
affected so a natural expression is maintained. It will not
"freeze" your facial expressions. It softens them
and works where you want it to.
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what to expect from the treatment
Your doctor will determine exactly where
to use Botox to achieve the best results. No anaesthetic is
required, although your doctor may use ice before injecting.
Treatment takes around 10 minutes.
A tiny amount of Botox is placed in selected
facial muscles via tiny injections using a very fine needle.
Discomfort is minimal and brief - most patients describe it
as an ant bite sting for a few seconds. Most people resume
normal activities immediately. After injection, it takes 2-3
days for Botox to begin taking effect and around 7 days to
see the full effect.
Botox lasts for up to four months, depending
on the inidividual. You can decide to repeat the procedure
as you wish. The results will wear off gradually and expression
lines slowly return. To maintain the effect you will require
repeat injections 2-3 times a year. Studies show that with
repeat Botox treatment, the effect can last longer so you
may require less frequent treatment in the future to maintain
the result you have come to like.
In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy,
the most common side effects are temporary and localised to
the area of injection. These include soreness or mild bruising,
which can be easily covered with makeup, headache and less
commonly, you may develop a heavy eyelid lasting 1-4 weeks
which your doctor may be able to treat. There have been no
permanent side effects of Botox reported.
Botox is not recommended during pregnancy
or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.
questions and answers
Where can it
In Australia and New Zealand Botox is registered for use in
frown lines which appear between the eyebrows and on your
forehead. This is the most common area for treatment. On occasion,
your doctor may treat other areas as well.
Will my lines
look worse if I choose not to continue treatments?
No. Your lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment
appearance. This may take 6 to 12 months.
Is Botox a common
Botox was the number one cosmetic procedue in 2001 according
to the American Society for Aestentic Plastic Surgery. In
the United States 1.6 million Botox procedures were recorded
in 2001, making it the most popular option amongst all cosmetic
Is it suitable
Botox is equally effective on men and women. Over 220,000
Botox procedures were performed on men in the United States
in 2001, making it the leading cosmetic treatment for men.
Because it is effective for frown lines which may be caused
by stress, it is popular with many businessmen to leave them
looking more refreshed and approachable.
Is Botox expensive?
When considering your facial enhancement options, Botox is
quite affordable. Many people are surprised at the relative
cost compared to other appearance related investments such
as facials, hair colouring and wrinkle creams. As one patient
in Australia reported: "Botox is surprisingly affordable
- around the same as three facials or a few visits to the