What is BOTULINUM TOXIN?
BOTulinum TOXin is a natural, highly purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating a smoothed, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. The active ingredient is Botulinum toxin type A, derived from bacteria in much the same way as penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile and strictly regulated laboratory conditions and is available in New Zealand in three forms: Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®.
Dr Aspell favours the use of Botox®, however during your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss which product is right for you. BOTulinum TOXin temporarily blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
How long does Botulinum Toxin treatment last?
Injecting Botulinum Toxin a simple non-surgical procedure that smooths the deep, persistent facial lines that develop over time.
You may see results in as early as two to three days, however typically improvement is noticed in five to seven days. The peak effect is between 10-21 days after treatment. One ten-minute treatment relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed for about four months.
Subsequent treatments will last longer, usually up to five or six months.
What does the treatment involve?
Properly administered treatment by a highly-trained doctor, treatment aims to soften the lines of expression resulting in a more ‘rested’ and ‘refreshed’ look while still being able to show expression. Most patients are extremely happy with the results of their treatment.
During the initial consult a full medical history will be taken and you will have the opportunity to discuss any aspects of the treatment with Dr Aspell. He will discuss which areas of your face can be treated and how to achieve the improvement in your appearance you are looking for.
With your consent, photographs will then be taken for comparison with the photographs taken at the complimentary follow up appointment.
After taking away, reading and signing the consent forms the treatments involve tiny amounts (0.05 – 0.1 mL) of botulinum toxin injected into specific facial muscles using an extremely fine needle.
No local anaesthetic is required as discomfort is minimal – lasting only a few seconds - although a topical anaesthetic cream may be used if requested.
Normal activities can be resumed straight after treatment.
We do recommend avoiding alcohol on the day of the treatment and suggest avoiding vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day after a treatment.
What side effects could occur?
Possible side-effects are temporary and include discomfort and mild bruising at injection sites and occasionally a mild headache in the first couple of days after your initial treatment. Drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow is uncommon and if this occurs it is only temporary.
The anatomy of all of our faces and muscles is unique which may result in an asymmetrical effect however this is easily correctable at your complimentary follow up appointment within two weeks after your treatment.
There have been no permanent side effects reported.
Botulinum toxin has never been tested in pregnancy or lactating women and its use is therefore not recommended until after breastfeeding has finsihed.
Patients with neuromuscular conditions such as myasthenia gravis and Eaton-Lambert syndrome, should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin as it may worsen these conditions.
Beware of “bargain Botox” offers.
If the price seems much cheaper it is unlikely that registered Allergan Botox or Galderma Dysport is being used, or that the dose is too low or the product has been diluted to give a weaker effect that may not last as long. There have recently been reports of cheaper Korean and Chinese products (Neuronox and Chinatox) being imported into New Zealand which have no proven safety record.