What Botox is, and what it is used for
What Botox is
Botox is a muscle relaxant that is injected into the muscles or deep into the skin. It works by partially blocking the nerve impulses to any muscles that have been injected and reduces excessive contractions of these muscles.
What Botox is used for
Botox is used to control the persistent muscle activity in the forehead causing lines and wrinkles in adults up until the age of 65.
How to use Botox
Botox must only be injected by a registered medical doctor with specific skills on how to use the medicine. Botox is for single patient use, which should be mixed according to the package insert of the product for the correct effect.
Do not use Botox if…
- you know that you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Botulinum toxin type A or any of the other ingredients of Botox
- you have an infection or damaged skin like acne or swelling, redness or eczema at the proposed site of the injection
After you have been given Botox
Contact your doctor and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty in breathing, swallowing or speaking
- Swelling including swelling of the face or throat
- feeling faint and shortness of breath (possible symptoms of severe allergic reaction).
Precare (before treatment)
One week prior to your Botox treatment we advise you to avoid using alcohol, garlic, idocaine and aspirin, or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, swelling and/or fever, such as medicines containing diclofenac, mefenamic acid, indometacin or ibuprofen – ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of products within these categories if you are not sure. This will reduce the risk of bruising or bleeding at the point of injection.
If this is your first visit, you will need to provide your medical doctor with information on your medical history and any current problems, as well as details of any allergies you have or medication you are taking. There is no need for an allergy test, unless your medical practitioner feels it’s necessary.
Postcare (after treatment)
The aesthetic effects of Botox last for an average of 3-4 months but will vary depending on the condition of the skin, area treated, amount of product injected, injection technique and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking. Results of your treatment may take up to 14 days to take full effect.
- For 4 hours – do not lie down or do “strenuous” exercise and similar activities, nor should you do anything that increases the flow of blood to the injected area.
- For 12 hours – avoid extreme facial expressions. alcohol consumption, and applying make-up
- For 24 hours – do not rub or massage the treated areas as this could influence the effect of the product.
- For 2 weeks – avoid direct sun exposure, UV light, freezing temperatures and saunas
Tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours after your treatment.
There are two major components of facial ageing
Before & After
Is there any reason why I should not have Botox treatment?
You should not have Botox if you have certain conditions and there are circumstances when you need to take special care. You should tell your doctor:
- if you think you may be allergic to Botox or anything in the preparation
- if you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or you are breast feeding
- if you suffer from any muscle problems
- if you are using any antibiotics or medicine to relax muscles
- if you have any condition or you are taking any medicine that affects blood clotting, for example aspirin
- if you have had any problems with Botox treatment in the past
- if you are taking any medicines, including any that have not been prescribed by your doctor
- if you have had some types of surgery to your armpits
Pregnancy and breast feeding
The use of Botox during pregnancy is not recommended. Botox is not recommended in breast feeding women. If you are pregnant or breast feeding your baby while using this medicine, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional for advice.