The aim of this information sheet is to ensure that you understand
the nature of the treatment you wish to undertake.
Please read it carefully and discuss any queries with your practitioner
What Is Botulinum Toxin?
is a chemical produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Our
Line & Wrinkle
Treatment is a protein derivatives of the toxin, which, when
injected into a muscle causes it to become weakened or inactivated.
It stops the muscle from functioning by blocking neuromuscular transmission
i.e. stops the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle. Likewise,
when injected into the skin, it blocks the action of the nerves
that supply the eccrine glands thus preventing them from producing
How Long Has Botulinum Toxin Been In Use?
As long ago as 1978 BOTOX®
was used as a treatment for patients with eye
squints by weakening the overactive
eye muscle. Since then it has been used in a variety of therapeutic
areas such as Spasmodic
and Cerebral Palsy
to name but a few. In more recent times the use of BOTOX®
for cosmetic therapy has
become more widespread.
How Safe Is Botulinum Toxin?
In high concentration botulinum toxin is a potent poison. However,
botulinum toxin type A used in minute doses as it is in cosmetic
therapy has a very high margin of safety.
FOR LINES AND WRINKLES
How Does It Work?
By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime, the skin
is creased in areas of greatest use. The aging process causes the
slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin so that
as we get older these areas of over use become damaged and the lines
become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas,
known as ‘ The
Hibernation Treatment', the skin stops being creased and is
allowed to recover causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always
reversible) during which time the patient can break the subconscious
habit of overusing these muscles. Depending on each individual and
the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from a relaxation
of the muscles to an inability to move the muscles.
For the first couple of years, frequent treatments are
required to 're‑educate' the facial muscles. Thereafter treatments
would be less frequent, as the duration of enhancement is increased
with consistent use.
What Happens During Treatment?
The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes. The practitioner will
ask you to use certain muscles of the face to observe how they work.
An extremely fine, short needle is used to inject the botulinum
toxin into the appropriate area. This may cause some slight but
brief discomfort. The area may have some slight redness and swelling
which normally resolves in an hour or two. The treatment normally
starts to take effect after 4 to 14 days but this may vary slightly
with some individuals. The effects will normally last between 3
to 4 months when you will start to notice an ability to move the
muscles more freely.
It is important that you have a realistic expectation of the treatment
and are that you follow post-treatment
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects of this treatment are rare. Occasionally a temporary
drooping of the eyelid can occur. This may fast for a few weeks
but will always resolve. Special eye drops can be prescribed during
this time to help lift the lid back into normal position. In extremely
rare cases patients have developed an allergy to the treatment while
others have shown resistance i.e. it causes little or no effect
on the treated muscles. There my also be an area of slight bruising
at the injection site.
Botox ® Botulinum toxin type A is also used to treat
excessive sweating (HYPERHIDROSIS)
heard about the clinic from a friend of mine who suddenly came
to work looking younger. When I quizzed her she told me about
the treatment and said that even though she had been scared
of needles before the treatment, she hardly felt a thing and
wishes she’d had the nerve to do it years ago. She said the
practitioner was very patient with her and calmed her fears,
so I figured “If Claire can do then so can I”.
I’m always frowning and I hate appearing cross but just couldn’t
get the nerve together to do anything about it. Claire’s referral
meant that Charismetics was a clinic that I could trust. The
botox has been brilliant. My frown lines are lines are gone
but more importantly it’s preventing them from getting worse.
I’m a true botulinum toxin convert and will continue to visit the clinic
for as long as I need a helping hand with what mother nature
has dealt me.
Debra, Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire