Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin is a simple non-surgical procedure that can dramatically reduce your wrinkles.

BOTULINUM TOXIN – BOTOX | DYSPORT | XEOMIN

Appropriate for all ages for the softening of fine lines and wrinkles and to aid in long-term prevention. It is the number one 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 brief which only lasts for a few seconds.

What side effects could occur?

Possible side-effects include tenderness and mild bruising at the injection site, slight headache in the first few days after your initial treatment. Drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow is uncommon, and if occurs is only temporary. Muscles and anatomy are unique in each individual 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.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our pricing page.

Who should not be treated?

Botulinum Toxin has not been studied in pregnancy, and it is therefore unknown if fetal 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. Additionally, 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. 

How does Botulinum Toxin work?

Botulinum Toxin treatment works by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles creating a softer, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.  With repeated treatments your lines gradually soften and new lines are prevented from forming.

Botulinum Toxin  a simple procedure performed by one of our experienced doctors or nurses. The most common areas we treat are the frown lines, lines on the forehead, and the ‘Crows Feet’ around the eyes. However it also can be used for lines around the mouth, shaping your jaw muscles, lifting your brow, hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and for tension-migraine headaches. Botulinum Toxin treatments are also used to treat medical conditions such as Bell’s palsy and facial spasms.

How long does a Botulinum Toxin treatment last?

The effects from botulinum toxin typically last 3 to 6 months. Subsequent treatments may prove to have more lasting results, up to one year in duration. Treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may last up to one year (average 6 months).

Will I look frozen or plastic?

If your treatment is administered properly, by a highly-trained clinician, you will still be able to show expression. Depending on the area treated, it may be appropriate to only weaken the muscle movement. You can discuss this with your clinician prior to treatment.

The vast majority of clients are extremely happy with the results of their treatment. The most common comment made by friends and family of clients after receiving  treatment is that they appear to be more “rested.” 

What area can be treated?

In New Zealand it 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 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. 

BOTOX® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinium type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines associated ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes and wrinkle removal. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialists about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine.  Caution people with neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning sensation or redness at injection site, temporary local muscle weakness including eyelid droop, decreased sensation and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, talk to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan New Zealand Pty Ltd, Auckland. Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of Botox treatment may be necessary. Talk to your Auckland Botox specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure.

DYSPORT® is a prescription medicine containing Clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling or nausea. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure.

XEOMIN® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50, 100 LD50 Units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: Generalised disorders of muscle activity; Infection or inflammation at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin is right for you. For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062.TAPS NA7621.

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