Botulinum Toxin injections are prescription only medicines and should only be administered by qualified healthcare professionals. The toxin temporarily weakens the muscles and softens lines and wrinkles, particularly in the upper third of the face, which gives a fresher appearance. Deeper lines may require a combination of toxin and dermal filler to give the desired result.
The usual areas treated on the face are crow’s feet, the frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar area) and horizontal lines on the forehead.
Side Effects After Treatment
Any side effects experienced are short-lived, but may include mild discomfort or stinging sensation upon injection, redness, swelling, itching, occasional bruising and headache.
An improvement can be seen 2 to 3 days after treatment with a full effect at about 2 weeks, when a review may be given to check the result.
The benefits of treatment can last between 3 - 4 months, but can vary depending upon individual response, age and lifestyle.
Safety of long term use
Botulinum Toxin Type A treatments have been used successfully in medicine for many years, both in the UK and around the world, prior to the discovery of its use for non-surgical aesthetic purposes in the mid to late eighties.
Ongoing studies with regard to the long term efficacy and safety profile of Botulinum Toxins continue with favourable results shown thus far.