Botulinum toxin type A
is a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, originally developed in the 1970’s as a treatment for belpharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (crossed eyes), it slowly gathered momentum in the cosmetics industry. In 2006 it was approved by the MHRA in the UK and is still one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetics treatments available today.
How it works?
Botulinum toxin type A temporarily blocks the chemical responsible for muscle movements. It takes 3-5 days to take effect with the full results expected after 2 weeks.
How long will it last?
On average it takes 3 months for the effects to wear off and your facial muscles to begin to regain full function.
What does the treatment involve?
It takes around 10 minutes to perform and involves only minor discomfort as the needles used are so small and fine. No anaesthetic is required.
Is it safe?
When administered by a trained clinician it is safe. The common side effects are related to the use of needles such as redness, bruising and swelling. Some patients report experiencing mild headaches shortly after treatment.
Who is not eligible for treatment?
People with a history of allergic reaction to botulinum toxin type A.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
People with muscle weakness disorder.
What is Dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a gel made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar present in our skin. It is injected beneath the skin to reduce the depth of wrinkles present on the surface.
How long does it last?
Results are instantaneous with dermal fillers and depending on the area treated can last 3 – 12 months.
Is it safe?
When used by a trained clinician dermal fillers are safe and have very low complication rates. Common side effects are those related to injections – bruising, redness and swelling at the injection site for a few days after treatment.
Some more severe adverse reactions include allergic reaction, granulomas
(nodules), necrosis and excessive swelling but these are extremely rare.