Botulinum Toxin Type A can be used to relax muscles of the face or to treat excessive sweating (the medical term for this is hyperhidrosis). These are 2 very different distinct treatments at Be Aesthetic Clinic I offer both these treatments.
If you are considering this treatment then there are a number of things you should know.
Botulinum toxin is a prescription only drug. You must have a face to face consultation with a prescriber before you can have this treatment. A prescription is then issued and it is delivered to clinic for your treatment to take place. I get many enquiries from people requesting treatment on the same day and it is just not possible. Only doctors are allowed to carry stock of Botulinum toxin and they then can treat on the same day.
Botulinum toxin is not the panacea or cure all for all lines and wrinkles, there are areas of the face that we can't treat and some facial lines and wrinkles that botulinum toxin will not have any effect on. That said it will help and works very well in treating the upper face, forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet. It works by stopping muscle activity and then allowing lines and wrinkles which are in the skin rather than the muscle to heal. Deep lines and wrinkles and those in particular that are there when your face isn't moving (we call these static lines) will need more than one treatment and often take regular treatments for upto a year to eighteen months to help resolve or improve the depth and length of these lines. The longer you have had the lines the longer they take to go.
Botulinum toxin wears in and it wears off, it takes 3-5 days to start to work, gradually over the next 3-4 weeks reaches it full effect and then wears off from anything from 6-12 weeks. Everybody is different and it wears off at a different rate for every individual. People that exercise alot often find that it doesn't last as long and it is beleived to be because of a faster metabolism. If you have deep static lines treatments are recommended every 12 weeks initally but can then be further apart once improvement is made. If lines are not visible or quite fine then fewer treatments may be required and of course it all depends on what you want to achieve.
Excessive sweating can cause much embarassment, it happens and is not associated with exercise and can occur spontaneously in affected individuals. It can have a huge impact on people that suffer with this and impact on their daily life and jobs. Botulinum toxin is used to treat the sweat glands in the skin and can literally be used on any area of the body where excessive sweating takes place. Scalps, foreheads, lips, back of necks, backs, underarms and palms. Occasionally I will need to carry out a test to determine the area that requires treatment and the size of the area governs the cost. As with all treatments carried out in clinic a full medical history is taken, it is important to rule out any underlying disease which may be the cause of the sweating and sometimes referral is made back to your general practitioner before any treatments can be carried out. It generally works well and often lasts for about 6 -12 months.