Botulin Toxin is a purified protein extracted from Botulinum bacteria used for antiageing treatments. It is administered as an injection, commonly used in the upper part of the face to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. It can also be used to reduce excessive sweating from the armpits.
How does it work?
The collagen in our skin eventually wears away as we age due to overactive muscle movements. The reduction in collagen can cause the skin to crease and produce undesirable effects such as crows feet, frown lines and lines on the forehead, which can be very ageing. Botulin works by relaxing these muscles which causes the skin to relax as well. Lines and wrinkles are smoothed out or disappear all together. The Botulin protein only produces its effects on the muscles it is administered to therefore there will be no effects on other parts of the body.
How is the treatment administered?
Botulin is injected in very small doses in numerous areas, using a fine needle. There is usually very mild to moderate pain experienced with this treatment, which should subside very quickly. The wanted effects should appear within a few days to a week of treatment and can last for 35 months, therefore it is desirable to go for repeat treatments every 35 months to maintain the desired effects. Treatment for excessive sweating can last for up to 912 months. All treatments are carried out by fully qualified and experienced doctors.
Are there any side effects?
Post treatment there is no scarring and no recovery time therefore you can continue with your usual daytoday activities as normal. In the rarest of occasions the protein may have effect on other muscles nearby and cause weakness of these muscles. However this is a very uncommon sideeffect which is only temporary, lasting a few weeks at the most. It is possible there maybe very slight bruising at the site of injection, otherwise usually no visible signs at all. Any potential side effects will be discussed in full at your consultation.