It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, thus softening lines and wrinkles. BTX also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.
It takes two weeks for BTX to be fully effective, but you will notice the first changes after four to five days. The effects last three to four months depending on your response, but repeat treatments may last for longer. It is not immediately reversible but always gradually wears off.
There are some groups of people who should not have BTX treatment. These include pregnant women, women who are currently breastfeeding and anyone with a neuromuscular disorder such as MS, myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambert syndrome. In addition, people on certain medication may not be suitable for treatment. Rebecca will take a full medical and drug history from you as part of your assessment appointment to ensure that treatment is both safe and suitable for you.
The treatment consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort, which cause relaxation of the targeted muscles. There may be a small amount of swelling and redness afterwards but this generally settles very quickly.
Yes, as long as you are medically suitable it is extremely safe.
The product used at Queensway Skin Clinic is Azzulure® (Galderma) which is one of the few FDA approved botulinum toxins on the market. It has been adapted from Dysport® which has a 20-year long history of product consistency and safety.
BTX has had a bad reputation in the past for producing the 'frozen face' look. Rebecca is very keen to avoid this unnatural look and does so by not over-treating and so maintaining some natural looking movement whilst softening lines. It should not be obvious to people that you have had treatment – only that you look rested and fresh.