Botulinum toxin is used in cosmetic dermatology treatments by injections directly into the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The various brands available for cosmetic use include BOTOX®, Azzalure®, Vistabel, Dysport and Bocouture®.
At MUMS we have chosen BOTOX® as it is manufactured from a large international reputable company Allergan with excellent safety records of many years. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure with a visible improvement of wrinkles while expressions can be preserved. There is a preventative effect if maintained regularly.
The procedure takes between ten to thirty minutes to carry out. The discomfort is minimal (at the time of injection only) as very fine needles are used and local anaesthetic cream can be applied. There is no recovery time involved and sports can be recommenced the following day. A consent is completed with pre procedure photos. A leaflet is provided and a follow up 2-3 weeks after the injection.
How does botulinum toxin work?
Injecting Botulinum toxin into the affected area temporarily paralyses the underlying muscles responsible for wrinkling. The result is the wrinkles become smoother or disappear altogether. Our aim is to offer an overall natural youthful appearance.
Expectations of treatment
The initial effects of treatment become visible within 72 hours but the maximum effect is reached in about 1-2 weeks. The effect of treatment generally lasts for 3 to 6 months. In a very small number of individuals, the injection does not work as satisfactory or for as long as usual.