Botulinum Toxin - Botox®

Muscle relaxing injections

Botox® or Botox® is a well known and very popular treatment for treating lines and wrinkles that are caused by smiling, laughing and frowning. Botox® minimises the muscle movement that cause these fine lines and furrows. Though once fashionable to "freeze" the muscles Botox® is now used more subtly to restore a more relaxed and youthful appearance.

Treatment is virtually painless and results are visible within a few days. Typically the benefits last for three to four months. In addition to the treatment of frown lines and wrinkles, Botox® can also be used to manage Excessive Sweating.

Our Botox® treatments are all carried out by Dr Phil Terry, a very experienced General Practitioner, who is very skilled at injecting .

Botox® may be used on its own or in conjunction with other skin rejuvenating treatments such as Skin Peels and Omnilux™ Light Therapy for greatest benefit.

How does Botox® work?

Botox® relaxes the facial muscles that are connected to expression lines so that they cannot contract. It does this by blocking impulses from the nerve endings to the tiny facial muscles. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled and the untreated facial muscles function normally.

Is Botox® treatment safe?

Botox® injections have safely been used for many years to treat lines and wrinkles and also to manage many neurological and ophthalmological conditions. Tens of thousands of people have received Botox® to relieve a variety of conditions and it is certainly a very popular anti-ageing treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects to treatment are infrequent but some people experience some minor and temporary bruising at the injection site. Some people also report a mild, transient headache. A temporary drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid has also been reported, but is extremely rare.

What does treatment feel like?

The treatment involves a small number of tiny and practically painless injections. Immediately afterwards there may be some mild swelling that usually subsides within 24-48 hours

Which areas can be treated?

Muscle relaxing injections lead to a temporary weakening of the target muscle. This results in a reduction of the wrinkles above the target muscle. Examples include the deep crease or "frown" line between the eyebrows, wrinkles around the eyes or "crow's feet" and any horizontal forehead lines. Used in the lower face it can reduce lipstick bleed lines and lessen "sad" lines which are the lines which lead down from the corners of the mouth.

It can be combined with fillers to create the overall desired younger and softer appearance.

Excessive sweating/Hyper-Hydrosis

Sweating is an important, natural bodily function to control body temperature. However, excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) is an embarrassing condition that affects a surprisingly large number of people. Heavy perspiration in the armpit area can be unsightly, uncomfortable, inhibit confidence and restrict one's choice of what to wear.

The good news is that this condition is quickly and effectively treated using Botox® in the underarm area. A series of injections into both armpits will take less than half an hour and will stop excessive sweating for about 6 months. With repeated treatments, the results may even last longer.

What causes underarm sweating?

Excessive armpit sweating is called axillary hyperhidrosis. Some people are regularly troubled whilst others are only bothered when under stress, physically active or over-heated. The nerves that control sweating depend upon a chemical transmitter, which is produced at the end of the nerve fibres. Botox® is a neurotoxin which can block the release of the chemical transmitter for many months.

How is treatment carried out?

A harmless starch test to locate the sweat glands is carried out first. Afterwards, a very small needle is used to inject a small amount of Botox® into the skin. This is repeated in about 12 to 15 places on each underarm. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a few hours after treatment but can resume all other daily activities.

What results can I expect?

You should notice a decrease in the amount of underarm sweating within 48 hours. Studies have shown a 95% reduction. Full benefits are obtained one week after treatment.

Are there any risks or side effects?

There is a possibility of small bruises, which last only a few days. Occasionally, a second treatment may be required to reduce persistent areas of sweating.