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FAQ Botulism Toxin

Here I provide answers to common FAQ Botulsim Toxin or Botox treatment. If you wish to learn more on this treatment  and see clinic results click here.

Before and after Botox / anti-wrinkle/ Botox treatment for frown lines by Dr Kara Cosmetic Clinic

FAQ

Can I have same day treatment?

No. Treatments are prescription only medicines ( POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists, prescribing nurses and prescribing pharmacists, following a face to face initial assessment. The minimum time between initial consultation and treatment appointment is 5 days.

How do I prepare for your appointment?

How long will the effects last?

Effects will be seen between 1-4 days after treatment and will take full effect by 2 weeks. Results tend to last 3-4 months.  Movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is not recommended. Repeating treatment when movement recovers will deliver optimum results over time. Frequency of treatments may be reduced according to the quality of your skin and your response to treatment. Should you choose not to maintain the results and not have further treatment, your muscles and skin will return to their pre-treatment state.

Do anti-wrinkle treatments hurt?

A very fine needle is used and generally this treatment is not described by most as painful and can be well tolerated with no anaesthetic. Clinic policy is to use topical numbing agent prior to your treatment to minimise discomfort. Please advise if you are nervous about needles.

Is Botulism toxin safe?

Yes, when administered by a trained medical practitioner with a registered license to practice. The product used has undergone testing to ensure its safety for use for this treatment. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridiu Botulinum. In a purified form; as is the case with many drugs/medications such as Penicillin. Botulinum toxin is a very safe, effective treatment not only used in cosmetic clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including migraine and excessive sweating.  

Botulinum toxins contain albumin, which comes from human blood. No cases of contaminationof licensed botulinum toxin products with infectious diseases have been reported

Will I look 'frozen'?

The aim of the licensed treatment is to significantly reduce the movement of the muscles causing expression lines (dynamic lines) specifically the frown and crow’s feet and worry lines on the brow may also be treated as an ‘off label indication.  Successful treatment may not cause the expression lines themselves to disappear completely.  It may not ‘completely freeze’ the expression, particularly if extreme effort is exerted to make an expression. 

Botulinum toxin is not suitable for lines present without expression (static lines), Dr Kara will advise you.

Advanced and off-label indications include; horizontal brow lines, lip lines, chin ‘dimpling’, muscles on the lower face and neck, to lift the mouth corners, improve the jaw line and the appearance of the neck. The ‘chewing muscle’ may also be treated to soften a square jaw or to prevent teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night.

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