Botulinum toxin (muscle relaxing) treatments are now the most commonly requested cosmetic procedure worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can BOTOX® do for me?
An increasing number of people are turning to cosmetic medicine for effective, safe, non-surgical treatments to enhance their appearance, look less tired or less anxious/angry. Using BOTOX® to soften crows’ feet, forehead lines and/or frown lines can give a “fresher”, softer, more relaxed look to the face.
If you suffer from excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) BOTOX® is an effective, simple non-surgical treatment option which can have a huge effect on lifestyle and self-confidence.
BOTOX® is also a very effective treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding) simply by relaxing the muscle (masseter) you are using to clench and grind.
The following information explains how BOTOX® treatment works and what is involved with the treatment:
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a natural, purified protein that temporarily relaxes muscles. The active ingredient in BOTOX® treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.
BOTOX® is a prescription-only medicine and treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional.
FaceWorks’ Dr Teresa Cattin is one of the most trusted and experienced providers of BOTOX® in Auckland. For safe, effective, natural-looking cosmetic injectables and skin rejuvenation treatments phone 09 486 5540.
How does BOTOX® treatment work to soften lines?
BOTOX® can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
What does BOTOX® treatment involve?
BOTOX® is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX® is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally, BOTOX® treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anesthetic is required.
After the injection, it takes 2 -3 days for the BOTOX® treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your doctor will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
How long does BOTOX® treatment last?
The effect can last 3 to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX® treatments, the effect tends to last longer as the muscle weakens over time. For optimal long-term results, we recommend booking in for your repeat BOTOX® before it has completely worn off.
Are there any side effects?
With the dose used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection.
Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows.
Looking for a fresher softer, more relaxed look to your face? For a highly skilled, experienced provider of BOTOX® in Auckland see the team at Faceworks, book now.
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, crows feet and horizontal forehead lines. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure or if you have concerns or side effects. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.TAPS approval number 1017.