Botox® is well known for improving cosmesis by treating wrinkles and lines in the upper face. Botox® is also used to treat functional problems in ophthalmology and other areas. Botox® is one type of the injection.
Botox® works by irreversibly blocking the release of a neurotransmitter at the nerve to muscle junction, hence paralysing the muscle. The muscle activity recovers as new nerve to muscle junctions sprout. This normally takes 3 to 4 months. Hence, Botox® injections need to be repeated 2-3 times a year, although the time interval increases as more doses are given. Botox® has a large clinical dose range, and is thus very safe as the amount used e.g. for facial lines, is very small. The drug works locally and there is no significant systemic spread.
Botox® can help to reduce or eliminate dynamic wrinkles and lines which are caused by muscular action in the face.
It is an excellent treatment for :
- Glabellar frown lines – These make people appear angry, afraid or worried.
- Crow's feet -These are maximal when laughing.
- Horizontal forehead lines – These can make a person appear worried.
Botox® is also useful for raising the brow, lifting the eyelid, reducing nasal scrunching and flare, and reducing upper lip wrinkles. It is also helpful where there is a pre-existing facial asymmetry and in conditions of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
If you have been affected by any of the symptoms mentioned above, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
We have a team of experts on stand-by who are ready to take your call at our Manchester (0161 907 2685) Clinic or our Blackpool (01253 308 031) Clinic.