What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient in BOTOX® treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. BOTOX® can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
Individual results will vary. Talk to your health professional about your individual situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does BOTOX® treatment involve?
It is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX® is administered into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally, BOTOX® treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after. After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the BOTOX® treatment to begin taking effect and about 10 – 14 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines.
How long does BOTOX® treatment last?
The effect of BOTOX® can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX® treatments, the effect tends to last longer.
Does BOTOX® treatment cause more wrinkles to form?
BOTOX® will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further BOTOX® treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.
Will facial expression be affected by BOTOX® treatment?
BOTOX® works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscles left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected by the BOTOX® treatment.
Are there any side effects?
In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, BOTOX® treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms.
How long has BOTOX® been used?
BOTOX® treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in the therapeutic treatments for over 21 years. It was first approved for use in Australia for movement disorders (eye & face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.
Can BOTOX® treatment be combined with other products and procedures?
Many people use a combination of cosmetic products and/or procedures to achieve a more rejuvenated appearance. BOTOX® is used to relax the muscles we use to form facial expressions, these wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles. For example, when we smile our eye wrinkles become prominent and when we frown the vertical lines between our eyebrows become noticeable. When we are young our skin springs back to its initial position, but as we get older dynamic wrinkles remain on the skin to form static wrinkles; these are the wrinkles and folds that are present at rest. Placed below the skin’s surface, dermal fillers are used to literally “fill in” or “plump up” the static wrinkles and folds and is often used in combination with BOTOX®
Botox® Consumer Information
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine.
Cautions: People with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation.
Possible side effects include headaches, injection site pain/burning/stinging/bruising/swelling/redness, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/ eyebrows, eyelid swelling, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply.
Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Allergan Australia Pty Ltd. ABN 85 000 612 831, 77 Ridge Street, Gordon, NSW 2072. Allergan New Zealand Ltd, PO Box 1873 Auckland 1000, New Zealand. TAPS Approval PP4821