Botulinum Toxin is a non-surgical procedure that can dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
BOTULINUM TOXIN – BOTOX | DYSPORT | XEOMIN
Botulinum Toxin is a treatment that is suitable for all ages for the softening of fine lines and wrinkles, and to aid long-term prevention of developing these. It is the most requested cosmetic procedure in the world today.
EYES - Before / After
NECK - Before / After
What is Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Dysport / Xeomin)?
Botulinum Toxin therapy is available and registered in New Zealand in three forms: Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®. Your Cosmetic Medicine Practitioner will determine which product is best for you. This product is a natural, highly purified protein that is extracted from the bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum, in a similar way that penicillin is from mould. The product is produced under strictly regulated conditions.
How quickly will I see results?
You may see results in as early as 2-3 days, however typically improvement is noticed in 5-7 days. The peak effect is between 10-21 days after treatment.
What happens during the treatment?
A full medical history will be taken prior to your treatment and you will have an opportunity to discuss any aspects with your Cosmetic Physician. You will need to complete a consent form before treatment.
Your doctor will determine exactly where to use the product to achieve the best results for you. No local anaesthetic is required, although your doctor may use ice or apply a topical anaesthetic cream if required. Tiny amounts are injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Discomfort is minimal and only lasts for a few seconds.
How does Botulinum Toxin work?
Botulinum Toxin treatment works by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles to create a softer, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. With repeated treatments your lines gradually soften, and new lines are prevented from forming.
Botulinum Toxin is a simple procedure performed by one of our experienced doctors or nurses.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to our pricing page.
How long does a Botulinum Toxin treatment last?
The effects from botulinum toxin typically last 4 to 6 months. Treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may last up to one year (the average is 6 months).
Will I look plastic or frozen?
If your treatment is administered properly, by a highly-trained doctor or nurse, you will still be able to show expression. Depending on the area treated, it may be appropriate to only soften the muscle movement. You can discuss this with your Clinician prior to treatment.
Most patients are extremely happy with the results of their treatment. The most common comment made by friends and family of patients after receiving treatment is that they appear to be more “rested.”
What areas can be treated?
In New Zealand, botulinum toxin is registered for use in frown lines between your eyebrows, and on your forehead. However, it is also successfully used in the ‘crow’s feet’, smokers’ lines around the mouth and treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), for tension-migraine headaches and many other facial and neck areas.
What aftercare do I need?
We advise you don’t rub the treated area, lie down for 3 hours after the treatment or have a facial within a week of treatment. We also encourage abstaining from vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day.
What side effects could occur?
Possible side-effects include tenderness and mild bruising at the injection site and a slight headache in the first few days after your initial treatment. The drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow is uncommon, and if this occurs it is only temporary. Muscles and anatomy are unique in everyone, which may result in an asymmetrical effect. This is easily correctable at your complimentary review within 14 days of treatment. There have been no permanent side effects reported
Who should not be treated?
Botulinum Toxin has not been studied in pregnancy, and it is therefore unknown if foetal harm will result if a pregnant woman is treated with Botulinum Toxin. Therefore, the use of Botulinum Toxin is not recommended during pregnancy. Additionally, it is unknown if Botulinum Toxin (botulinum A exotoxin) is excreted in breast milk, where it could affect a nursing infant. Therefore, Botulinum Toxin treatment is not recommended for use in lactating women.
Patients with neuromuscular disease, such as myasthenia gravis and Eaton-Lambert syndrome, should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin as it may worsen these conditions. Of course, anyone who has had an allergic reaction to Botulinum Toxin should not be treated.
What aftercare do I need?
We advise not to rub the treated area, lie down for 3 hours after the treatment or have a facial within a week of treatment. We also encourage abstaining from vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day.