Botulinum Toxin, often referred to as Botox®, is a naturally occurring highly purified protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It has been safely used in general medicine for two decades and in aesthetic medicine for one decade. When injected precisely in minute quantities as a cosmetic treatment to relax the superficial facial muscles it can:
- soften excessive negative expression
- reduce wrinkles
(e.g. crow's feet, frown, forehead, cheek and lip lines)
- lift the face and neck
At Aesthetic Health, our Botox® philosophy and treatment methods place great emphasis upon 'the natural look' and not just upon treating lines and wrinkles. We balance the 'tug of war' between the muscles that elevate and pull down different parts of the face. Our Botox® treatments aim to leave you looking subtly relaxed and refreshed, not frozen!
We tailor each treatment individually to suit your own muscles, skin and preferences. In general the direct effect of Botox® on muscles lasts from 4-6 months, although its positive effects may persist longer. It helps excessively strong muscles to 'break the habit' even after the treatment effects have worn off. We encourage skin health work in tandem with Botox® to ensure better long term results.
Botox® can also used to reduce profuse sweating from the armpits, palms and soles of the feet, a condition known as hyperhydrosis.
Botox® was licensed for the treatment of chronic migraine in July 2010. It is unclear exactly how it works to alleviate migraine but generally has a good effect after 1-2 treatments involving injections to the forehead, head and neck.