How do muscle relaxing injections work?
Botulinum Toxin Type A (known by the name brand Botox®, among others) is a neurotoxin. It binds to the nerve terminal on the muscle it is injected into to block the release of acetylcholine. This temporarily relaxes the muscle movement, which in turn reduces the appearance of lines.
What should I expect during my consultation?
Your practitioner will review your medical history. They will ask you to discuss your concerns and your desired outcomes. Treatment options available will be discussed in detail.
Which areas can The Body Work Clinic treat with Botox®?
Frown, forehead, around the eyes, nose (bunny lines), above the upper lip, puckering of the chin, lines in the lower face and neck with a Nefertiti lift, treatment of platysmal bands, and for excessive sweating: the hands and under arms.
Is there any downtime?
You can return to most of your normal activities the same day. To help reduce the risk of infection, we recommend that you do not apply makeup to the areas injected for at least 12 hours. Sunshine and cardiovascular exercises boost blood circulation and can cause the solution to metabolise before it has had the time to properly diffuse. Due to this, it is suggested you do not exercise vigorously for 24-48 hours to reduce the risk and avoid direct sunlight immediately before and after your treatment.
How long will it take to see results?
Some patients may see results in as little as 48 hours, but most patients start to see effects within 5-7 days. The maximum effects will be seen between day 10-14.
How long will the results last?
On average, the results will last about three months. Longevity is indeterminate and individualised. You will start to see movement as the product wears off and as your nerve impulse terminals reconnect.
Are there side effects?
Most of the potential side effects are injection-related, such as pain, redness, and bruising at the injection sites. Headaches may also occur. More serious side effects can include the dropping of a brow (brow ptosis), the closing of an eyelid (lid ptosis), eyelid oedema, facial paresis, hypersensitivity reactions, and muscular weakness.