Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin


Treatment for Lines, Wrinkles and Severe Sweating

Botulinum toxin is a biological toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin blocks the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. Acetylcholine is needed as a neurotransmitter for muscle contraction, by blocking it, muscles are unable to contract and muscle atrophy takes place. Botulinum toxin type A, has been used to treat medical conditions such as strabismus since 1989, presently the toxin has a much wider used in the medical and aesthetic field with great success.
Conditions such as chronic migraine, hyperhidrosis, bladder problems, feet problems to name a few are often treated with botulinum nowadays. In cosmetics, botulinum is commonly used on the upper and lower face to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as to prevent the formation of fixed lines. Depending on the dose and site of injection botulinum can achieve a fresh younger and natural look for several months.

How Is It Used?

Botulinum type A is available in UK in four different brands: Dysport, Azzalure, Bocouture and Botox Botulinum toxin. The dose used per client and treatment area is dependent on gender, muscle mass, extent of wrinkles and previous exposure to botulinum toxin treatments.

The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes and comprises a full face assessment for asymmetry, skin anomalies, scar tissue, pre-existing defects and lines present at rest. Some photography for record keeping purposes may be taken at this point and the areas to be injected marked.

The procedure consists of a number of injections into the muscle using a very short and fine needed and with very minimum discomfort if any. In most cases the treatment will last 3-5 months.

Prices & Areas Treated with Botulinum Type A

Glabellar (Vertical Frown Lines)
Forehead (Horizontal Forehead Lines/Worry Lines)
Periorbital Rhytides (Crow’s Feet/Laughter Lines)

Face:
1 Area – From £150
2 Areas – From £200
3 Areas – From £250

Perioral Rhytides (Smoker’s Lines) – £90
Nasal Flare – £90
Bunny Lines (Nose Area) – £150

Platysmal Bands (Vertical Neck Lines) – £250
Gummy Smile – £150
Masseters (grinding teeth) – £150

Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

(Severe Sweating)

Whenever necessary to reduce the temperature of the body this mechanism is regulated by the use of sweat glands in combination with vasodilation. Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the sweat glands production exceeds the amount of sweat usually needed for normal thermoregulation. This condition can be self-limiting or severe, however, unless severe it tends to go unreported. It may affect just one area of the body or be genera

lised, with most common areas affected being the axillae in (73% of cases), hands, feet, scalp, and the groin area in 9.3% of cases.

Hyperhidrosis affects equally males and females with a mean age of onset around the age of 14 years old, commonly in the initial form of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. After the age of puberty anxillary hyperhidrosis is more common. Research has shown that people affected by hyperhidrosis tend to wait about 15 years before presenting to a health professional. This condition tends to be long term and at times can lead to depression, isolation and embarrassment.