Botulinum Type A (Botox®) is still the most popular non surgical anti ageing treatment for lines and wrinkles worldwide.
It has been used medically for many years to treat muscular problems including eyelid and facial spasms or 'tics', cerebral palsy, and torticollis (neck muscle spasm), and it has an excellent safety record.
Ageing is associated with the development of wrinkles and furrows on the face. These lines may develop as a result of weakened dermal collagen from sun exposure, gravity and smoking, and/or due to facial muscle action on the skin.
Botox® relaxes the muscles that cause these lines, so softening them and smoothing the overlying skin.
The typical areas to treat are 'Frown Lines' between the eyebrows, 'Crows Feet' smile lines, and horizontal forehead lines (worry lines).
Injection into all of these areas has shown to be very successful with excellent results lasting on average between 3-5 months.
Below are some before and after photos:
Occasionally, some patients with very powerful muscles may not see a complete relaxation of the targeted area with the first injection, but subsequent treatments will further relax the overactive muscles, improving the result each time.
Anthony and Jenny O'Neill, Directors of the Suffolk Medical Clinic, as advanced practitioners, also treat other areas of the face and neck, and also treat excess sweating (hyperhydrosis) and teeth grinding (bruxism).
Do the injections hurt?
Because the needle is so fine, most patients find that the injections only cause mild, temporary discomfort.
How many treatments will I need?
In our experience, repeat treatments are usually needed about every 4 months to maintain the best results. Clinical trials report that some patients, who have had repeated treatments for some time, only need treatments once or twice a year to maintain good results.
The effects of Botox® start gradually after a few days, with maximum effect at 14 days onwards. Working the muscles for 2 hours after treatment can help speed up the onset of effect.
Possible side effects
Side effects of this treatment are rare. Mild localised bruising and redness may occur. Very occasionally, a temporary drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid can happen, but this resolves in a few weeks.
Rarely, a transient numbness may develop in the treated area. An extremely rare side effect may be generalised weakness and fatigue. In one study less than 3% of patients experienced any of these complications. Finally, any injection carries a small risk of infection. Please inform the treating Clinician of any medication that you are currently taking.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding the treatment is not recommended.
Please note that Botox® is a licensed product made by Allergan. There are other Botulinum Toxin Type A products, such as Bocouture/Xeomin/Azzalure/Dysport to name a few.
At the Suffolk Medical Clinic, we use a range of Botulinum Toxin A dependant on the client.