Injection of tiny amounts Botulinum Toxin type A weaken the treated muscle/s and help prevent the formation of expression lines. The muscles injected will not function whilst the injection is effective (e.g: you will not be able to frown if the muscles involved in frowning are injected). This will reverse itself after a period of months.
Side effects and complications are usually minimal. Occasionally, headache, slight swelling, and/or bruising may occur after injection. An adjacent muscle may be weakened for several weeks after an injection, which may cause a temporary drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow.
Do not rub the injected area immediately after. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Remain upright for 4 hours after.
It can take 4-14 days to take effect and usually lasts 3-4 months.
LIPS: Do not drink very hot or cold beverages whilst numb. Avoid touching the lips or kissing.
ANY TREATMENT (for the first 2-3 days): Do not apply make-up (except mineral), touch the injected area (except with clean hands, flat fingers without pressure), swim or undertake strenuous exercise, go to a sauna, expose yourself to long periods in the sun or extreme temperatures. For the first month: avoid chemical peels, laser treatments and cosmetic tattoos to the treated area.
The results are immediate and usually last 12-18 months.
Botulinum Toxin Type A is a natural, purified protein derived from a bacteria in a similar way to penicillin. Botox/Xeomin are trade names for purified Botulinum Toxin Type A manufactured by Allergan and Merz. For full patient information please visit https://tinyurl.com/4h7s2yrt
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers are injectable gels composed of cross linked hyaluronic acid made of similar volumising and moisturising components of your skin. Volume, Intense and Balance are the trade names for Hyaluronic acid manufactured by Anteis (Merz). For full patient information visit: https://tinyurl.com/3ja4z8d5 (Belotero Volume), https://tinyurl.com/vfemkjk6 (Belotelo Intense) or https://tinyurl.com/2j6crvjk (Belotero Balance