Botulinum toxin (Botox)
Botulinum toxin, (Botox), is a muscle relaxant used in the treatment of facial spasms (Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial spasm), and for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and lines on your skin. You may also come across botulinum toxin under the registration names Botox Dysport® and VISTABEL®. Botox Dysport® and VISTABEL® are actually of an identical formulation and come from the same manufacturer, Allergan. At our clinic, we are happy to use any of the botulinum toxin brands, but most often use Dysport or Botox.
We use Botox to treat deep wrinkles such as vertical frown lines between your eyes, horizontal forehead creases and crow’s feet. These wrinkles have been formed by overactive muscle movement, which gradually wears away the collagen in the skin and causes the skin to crease and wrinkles to appear. Botox relaxes these muscles, preventing the formation of wrinkles and smoothing out lines.
How does it work?
We will inject the muscle relaxant directly into the wrinkles. Here it will temporarily relax the facial muscles, preventing the formation of wrinkles and softening existing lines.
How long does it last?
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). Your physician will advise on the regularity needed for repeat treatments.
What are the risks?
Botox has been used on millions of patients worldwide for more than 30 years and is supported by a wealth of long-term safety data.
If you have further queries, you can visit the Department of Health for more information.