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Botulinum toxin is a muscle relaxant used in the treatment of facial spasm ( Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial spasm) and for the aesthetic treatment skin wrinkles and lines.
Deep wrinkles such as frown lines between the eyes, forehead lines and crows feet are caused by overactive muscle movement which gradually wear away the collagen in the skin, causing the skin to crease and wrinkles to appear. Botox® / VISTABEL® and Dysport® relax these muscles, preventing the formation of wrinkles and smoothing out lines.
The treatment we all know as Botox® has now been formally approved for cosmetic use under a new name - VISTABEL® . Botox® and VISTABEL® contain exactly the same tried and tested formulation, from the same manufacturer, Allergan.
You may wish to visit the following links for more information
Healthcare Commission - www.healthcarecommission.org.uk
Department of Health - www.dh.gov.uk
A muscle relaxant is injected directly into the wrinkles, temporarily relaxing the facial muscles and preventing the formation of wrinkles and softening existing lines. This treatment has been used on over 1 million patients worldwide for more than 11 years and is supported by a wealth of long-term safety data.
The treatment generally takes 5-8 days to work and last between 3-4 months (this varies from patient to patient depending on your strength of expression) With repeated treatments as advised by your physician