We know through experience that the decision to have Botox treatment is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this treatment. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is Botox treatment useful?
What is the aim of Botox treatment?
What do I have to consider before the Botox injections?
What do I have to consider after the Botox injections?
What are the possible risks with Botox injections?
Which result can I expect after Botox injections and what are the chances of success?
Anti-wrinkle treatment. A look in the mirror can sometimes reveal more about the advancement of age than one would like. Through increased exposure to sunlight, gravity and the movement of facial muscles, unsightly wrinkles can appear on the face. Ideal wrinkles to treat are the ones caused by the activity of the facial muscles such as the "frown lines" between the eyebrows, crow's feet and forehead wrinkles.
On top of the cosmetic indications, positive effects are achieved through the use of Botox in helping with migraine pain and increased sweat production which possibly replaces the need for an operation.
Contraindication. Botulinum compounds may not be used in patients with a history of neurological disorders, swallowing disorders or aspiration disorders.
The aim, through the injection of Botox, is to smooth out wrinkles caused by muscle movement and let the whole face look younger. Frown lines, crow's feet and forehead wrinkles are best treated with Botox. A limited amount of Botox can also be used on the wrinkles on the neck.
Botox (botulinum toxin) has been used for many years in the field of medicine as it temporarily paralyses muscles and has long been used to treat muscular problems such as strabismus (squinting), eye muscle and facial spasms.
Procedure. The injecting of Botox is done with very thin needles and most patients experience a little discomfort during the injections. The effects are noticeable 5 to 7 days after the treatment and the result holds for a period of 3 to 6 months.
Some influenza and pain relief medications can cause a thinning of the blood as they contain acetylsalicylic acid or acetylsalicylate. The taking of medications which contain acetylsalicylic acid, such as Asprin, Aspro, Ascorbisal, Thrombo ASS, children’s aspirin, Duan, Thomapyrin etc. must be stopped a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the injections, as just one single tablet could negatively affect your haemostasis. In any case of doubt, please consult your doctor.
Cooling. Immediately after the injections slight swelling can occur, which generally subsides after 24 to 48 hours. Pressure should not be applied to the treated areas for 3 to 4 days although the placement of a cooling compress for a few hours after treatment is recommended, as this may accelerate the reduction in swelling. You shouldn't use an infrared sauna for 1 week.
No procedure is without risk. Even though the likelihood of possible reactions and complications with Botox injections are very low, we would still like to inform you that in some people with very strong muscles, there may not be a complete paralysis of the target muscles. This can be improved with further injections. Also, pressing on the treated area may cause the Botox spread and work on unwanted muscle groups.
Renewed freshness. In order to achieve a lasting wrinkle reduction effect, the treatment should usually be repeated every 4 to 6 months. Studies show that patients treated for 2 years with Botox showed a permanent reduction in facial wrinkles.
In migraine sufferers, 73% of treated patients, with typical migraine attack symptoms (nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and severe headaches), lost all, or some of the symptoms, or they occurred only in reduced form. With this treatment a lot of migraine medication can be saved.
Sweating is often completely stopped in the treated treated areas for some months.