What is [Treatment name removed]?
[Treatment name removed]s ([Treatment name removed]) are produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. They are powerful agents that affect the nerves at the point where they enter muscles, and therefore prevent the muscles from working. The effects are not permanent, and last 3-6 months.
What does it involve?
[Treatment name removed] is administered by an injection directly into the appropriate muscles, usually on the face. It is given with a tiny needle very precisely into various locations in the face. Most commonly it is given to the frown area in the middle of the forehead, and also to the crows feet area. The untreated areas continue to work normally.
What are the benefits?
• [Treatment name removed] works best in people with fine lines and few wrinkles, and can reduce the amount of wrinkling of the skin..
• If wrinkles are deep and well-established, [Treatment name removed] will not work. In addition [Treatment name removed] will not treat sun-damaged skin.
• [Treatment name removed] may also be used to treat conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, often in the armpits or palms and soles).
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes about 10-15 minutes, depending upon the number of injections needed.
What is the recovery period?
Ice packs are often placed on the area to be injected just prior to injection to decrease the pain of the injection (which is minimal, sometimes compared with a mosquito bite). They also decrease the amount of bruising that may occur.
What should I do after the injections?
• You may return to normal activities immediately after the injections, as no anaesthetic has been used. Follow