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Botox Information

What products does Q aesthetics use for muscle relaxation ?

Botox® is the trade name of a muscle relaxing agent marketed by the company Allergan. it is our preferred agent. It is a prescription only medication and therefore must be prescribed by a Doctor or Dentist or prescriber Nurse but only after a consultation to ensure you are suitable to have this treatment.

There are however several equally effective agents such as Dysport® Azzalure,® Bocouture,®.  These are the same aspect of the toxin used in Botox® but made by different companies. They are not interchangeable

Fake products are available over the internet  and are unregulated and positively dangerous.

The most common areas of treatment are the frown lines of the forehead and the crows feet at the side of the eyes. It may also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating .  

Muscles injected with the muscle relaxing toxin will result in them being harder to contract; they will NOT be paralysed completely unless excess toxin is used, so some facial movement will still occur. The purpose of this procedure is in softening  or removing the wrinkle s in the upper face. If the muscles were paralysed your face would look odd. The idea is to weaken the muscles so lines have greater difficulty forming. We aim for a natural look treatment.

It is a safe and simple procedure in skilled hands.

So how does the treatment work?

Botox® temporarily reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Several tiny Botox® injections are administered directly into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Your Q aesthetics specialist will determine where those muscles are located.

So how does the treatment work?

Botox® temporarily reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Several tiny Botox® injections are administered directly into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Your Q aesthetics specialist will determine where those muscles are located.

Is Botox® safe?

Botox® is safe when administered correctly by a qualified Doctor or Nurse trained in its use for wrinkle reduction or sweating treatments. It has been in use for many years and has a proven safety record.

What side effects are there?

There are some common side effects which are minor such as nausea [ feeling sick] headache and mild inflammation at the injection site. These usually resolve within 24 hrs. Rarely about 1:15,000 people, can have an anaphylactic reaction and there is no way of determining who might have such a rare reaction . Rest assured Q aesthetics practitioners are fully trained in resuscitation and carry the necessary emergency medication to treat this should it occur. It is important you are fully aware of all possible side effects and Q aesthetics prides itself of making you fully informed about your treatments.

Will there be any downtime?

You may resume normal activities immediately. Vigorous exercise or laying flat may be restricted for a few hours following treatment. Many clients undergo Botox® during their lunch break and return to work after treatment.

What are the benefits of Botox®?

Botox® has no downtime as opposed to other wrinkle reducing methods. Also, following treatment there is little to no pain or discomfort. Results can be seen after only one session.

How long does a Botox® treatment last?

A Botox® treatment lasts only a short period of time and depends on how many areas are being injected and the size of the treated areas. Typically the effect wears off after 3-4 months but this is dependant on a lot of factors so can be shorter particularly in men who have bulkier facial muscles. Treatments are offered every few months for maintenance.

How does the treatment feel?

The only pain or discomfort is a slight pin-prick sensation from the small needle injecting the Botox®. If necessary, ice or a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment.

Who are candidates for Botox®?

Candidates for Botox® injections are age eighteen to sixty-five and interested in improving the appearance of their face. Many candidates are seeking relief from wrinkles and brow furrows. You must have a consultation with a Doctor to ensure the treatment is a suitable option for you and that there is no medical reason why you should avoid it .

Who should avoid Botox®?

Do not use Botox® if you have an infection where the Botox® will be injected, are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox® are pregnant or breast feeding or suffer from a serious muscle disorder. Some conditions may increase the chance of infection, so a doctor should be advised of your medical history before receiving Botox®.

What are the alternative treatments?

An alternative treatment to Botox® is skin resurfacing, which includes many types of laser therapies and chemical peels. Q aesthetics uses the Obagi system and Blue peel treatments for rejuvenating the face. See the Obagi.com website. These procedures can be painful and may have a much longer recovery time than Botox®. Other alternatives include surgery such as a brow lift or topical treatments.

Is additional treatment necessary?

Generally, after three to four months, the Botox® effects will begin to fade and facial features will gradually return to their former state. Maintenance treatments are necessary to keep the effect of Botox® for long periods of time.

What are the limitations of Botox®?

The limitation of Botox® is that it is not a permanent answer to reducing wrinkles. Also, results vary and occasional problems with asymmetry may occur.

Who carries out the treatments?

Treatments are only provided by trained doctors and nurses for your safety.

Instructions before treatment:

Avoid alcoholic beverages and anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen , aspirin, naproxen or diclofenac before treatment. If you are on aspirin for cardiac protection do not stop this treatment. Discuss with the doctor first before stopping any medication. Schedule a Botox® appointment at least two to four weeks prior to any special events to allow time for the effect to be seen and reviewed for further top up treatment if needed. .

Instructions after treatment:

Treat any mild discomfort with paracetamol, and expect temporary swelling and redness. If desired, an icepack can be applied after treatment. Do not massage the treated areas because it may move the Botox® around and create a different effect. It is generally recommended to remain upright for four hours after injections and avoid aerobic activity for a few hours.