Botox Treatment for Women
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Botox
A. Botulinum Toxin, or Botox as it is more commonly known, is a protein which temporarily relaxes the muscle by blocking nerve impulses. The muscle is then temporarily unable to contract to mean that wrinkles are unable to form and in turn gives the skin a softer, smoother and more youthful appearance.
Q. What areas can be treated?
A. The most popular areas that clients request to be treated with Botox are the frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella), lines around the eyes (crow’s feet) and the horizontal lines across the forehead. Botox can also be used for brow lifting, correcting drooping upper eyelids and to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Q. How long does Botox treatment take?
A. The actual procedure is quick and may only take around 10 minutes. Please remember that Botox can take up to 3-5 days to begin to work, and up to 2 weeks to see the final result so do not worry if you don’t see an immediate effect.
Q. How long will it last?
A. The results of Botox can last up to 4 months on average, but regular repeat treatments at recommended intervals can increase this duration so don’t forget to book in for your next treatment!
Q, Is It Safe
A. Botox is recognised as one of the safest aesthetic treatments in the industry and has now been used cosmetically to treat wrinkles for over a decade on people aged between 18 to 65. Side effects are rarely serious and always temporary, which is why it is now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments worldwide.
At Juvea Aesthetics, a highly-experienced clinician will assess your suitability for muscle relaxant treatments and provide you with the best treatment and after care possible. Botox is not suitable for pregnant or those who are breastfeeding.
Q. Are there any side effects
A, There may be some temporary after-effects following the Botox injections, most commonly slight bruising, tenderness at the injection site, swelling and occasionally headaches or flu-like symptoms. Most of these subside in a few hours but the latter may last up to 2 or 3 days. Very rarely, a mild drooping of the eyelid may occur but in the unlikely event that this happens, please contact the clinic so an experienced practitioner can make an assessment.
Q. Is there any aftercare
A. Your clinician will provide post-treatment advice to ensure you get the best from your treatment but it’s useful to bear the following in mind: Following the injections, it is important to exercise the treated facial muscles as much as possible for the next few hours (frowning, squinting, raising eyebrows etc.) to help maximise the effects of the Botox. For at least 6 hours after treatment it’s best to avoid exercise, hot baths, saunas, tanning and alcohol as these can increase blood flow and may dilute the effect. Also, avoid rubbing the treated area or applying pressure, and do not use make-up for the same period of time to avoid skin infections. Treatments such as facials and exfoliation should be avoided for 24 hours, and take paracetamol rather than aspirin or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen to avoid bruising.
Q. How long does Botox last?
A. The results of Botox can last up to 4 months on average, but regular repeat treatments at recommended intervals can increase this duration so don’t forget to book in for your next treatment! Please remember that Botox can take up to 3-5 days to begin to work, and up to 2 weeks to see the final result so do not worry if you don’t see an immediate effect.
How does Botox work?
Clostridium botulinum strains produce seven different types of botulinum toxin (A-G), with botulinum toxin A being the first to be approved for use in patients. All types act via a very similar mechanism but their duration of action varies. Having a good understanding of how botulinum toxin works will enable patients to understand the benefits and complications of treatment and make informed decisions about how to achieve their desired cosmetic outcomes.
Muscle contraction is stimulated when nerves carrying impulses from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) release a substance called acetylcholine. This substance is a neurotransmitter, a substance which allows communication between nerves or between nerve and muscle. For cells within nerve endings to be able to release acetylcholine, the parts of the cells which contain the substance must be allowed to attach themselves to the outside wall of the nerve. Botulinum toxin prevents this from happening, so acetylcholine cannot be released, and the muscle is not stimulated to contract. The nerve ending has effectively been blocked from having an effect on the muscle.
A single injection of Botox can last from weeks to months. The period of time for which the nerve is blocked depends upon the amount of Botox administered, the patient, and the method used. If the nerve ending is prevented from transmitting signals to the muscle for a prolonged period, new nerves may grow towards the inactive muscle, and some contractions may begin to return. Once the effect of the toxin has worn off, the original nerve will regain the ability to communicate with the muscle, which will resume normal function.
Understanding how botulinum toxin works has led to numerous medical applications. For patients hoping to achieve a more youthful appearance, Botox reduces the appearance and formation of wrinkles by preventing the underlying dynamic muscle contractions.
Before, During, & After – be prepared for your Botox treatment
Being aware of how to prepare for treatment with botulinum toxin, what will happen during the procedure, and the precautions to take afterward is an important part of achieving the optimal cosmetic outcome.
Prior to the procedure, the patient will have been asked to sign a consent form outlining the benefits and risks of the procedure which will have been explained. If a detailed evaluation of the benefits of treatment is required then photographs of the patient at rest and contracting the muscle groups to be treated may be taken prior to the procedure. Makeup is removed and the skin is cleaned with iodine or alcohol-based antiseptic solution.
Reducing discomfort during the procedure is vital to minimise patient movement during the procedure. This can be done using cold air, ice compresses, or local anaesthetics applied to the skin surface. Most clinicians will already have made up the solution of Botox prior to the procedure. Using as small a volume of solution as possible is preferable to allow precise injection and reduce the risk of complications. Injections are usually performed with the patient seated in a chair with a raised head support. The clinician will make an assessment of the number of units of Botox required and where to inject based on observation of the patient at rest, and when contracting the target muscles. The injection sites are then marked with a skin-marking pen. It is important that the dose of Botox and the position of the injection sites are symmetrical unless there is pre-existing asymmetry in the face. Injections are performed with fine needles to minimise pain and allow precise injection of the product.
After the procedure patients should remain in the vertical position, avoid manipulating the treated area and avoid strenuous physical exercise. This helps to reduce the risk of complications, particularly the spread of product away from the target area.