What is it?
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that’s injected into muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines.
How does it work?
It stops the release of a chemical called acetylcholine from the tiny nerves in the muscle terminals. This prevents communication between the nerve and the muscle, so the muscle receives no instruction to contract, resulting in reduced activity. It’s not permanent, as the nerves regenerate within days and the muscle strengthens over a period of weeks and months.
Is it safe?
In the right hands, it’s extremely safe. It should only be injected by someone with a knowledge of anatomy, especially of underlying arteries, muscles and nerves.
How is it used?
BOTOX® can be injected into the frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella lines), which are caused by concentrating, squinting or frowning. They can also be used to treat lines across the forehead, and crow’s feet or smile lines around the eyes.
Five small injections are performed in the area needing attention. The position and dosage depend on your individual anatomy. It starts to work in three-to-seven days and the effects last for three-to-six months. You’ll have a second consultation two weeks after your initial treatment, when we can decide if we need to add a little more.
Are there any side effects?
Not usually. Sometimes people develop a small bruise of a headache. In the wrong hands, the eyelid can become temporarily droopy.