Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botulinum toxin is a very safe, effective treatment not only used in cosmetic reasons but also for a number of medical conditions including underarm sweating. All botulinum toxins are prescription only medicines (POM) and can only be prescribed by doctors, dentists and nurses with the prescribing qualification following a face-to-face assessment. Botox® is a licensed brand of Botulinum toxin A. Other licensed brands include Azzalure® and Bocouture® .
The most commonly treated areas include the vertical lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines and lines around the eyes. Advanced techniques can also be used to create an eyebrow lift, soften neck bands, stop the corners of the mouth from pulling down, reduce the cobbled appearance of the chin, soften upper lip lines, and reduce gummy smiles. The masseter muscle can also be treated to soften a square jaw or to prevent teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night.
The toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle stays in a resting state for a period of 12 weeks on average. This may be only a partial reduction in movement allowing some remaining movement or a full block in which case there is very little remaining muscular movement in the area – this very much depends on the amount administered and location of product placement –treatment may be tailored to suit your individual requirements. Your expected treatment outcomes and whether they can be achieved will be discussed at the consultation.