These are the most common botox questions which our new patients tend to ask;
1) What is Botox? (Short for Botulinum Toxin)
Botulinum toxin is a protein found in nature. Botox treatments work by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine which is a nerve transmitter. When acytylcholine is blocked the nearby muscle is then relaxed and the corresponding wrinkle is reduced or softened. Botox is a brand name owned by Allergan. Over a million people have been safely treated with BOTOX® and other brands of botulinum toxin A. Allergan the makers of Botox have added Vistabel® to their range; and Merz another major medical company have added Xeomin® and Bocouture® and Galderma have a brand called Azzalure®. All products are very similar and do much the same thing.
2) Is Botox only used to treat wrinkles?
Botox has been used for multiple purposes by medical professionals since the 1980’s in fact as early as the 1950’s. Botox was first used for the treatment of Dystonia. Dystonia is a disorder characterized by involuntary sustained muscle contractions resulting in twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Despite an incomplete understanding of the neurological mechanisms underlying dystonia, relief of dystonic posturing and associated pain and discomfort has improved markedly since the introduction of botulinum toxin (Botox) therapy in the late 1980s, so much so, it has become the standard therapy for focal dystonias.
It can be used to improve severe spasm or involuntary blinking of the eyelid (blepharospasm) as well as for severe underarm sweating, known as axillary hyperhidrosis. We perform this treatment regularly at Qutis and many patients report a huge improvement to their lifestyle. Excessive underarm sweating can affect the clothes people wear and even the colours they choose. Hyperhidrosis can be debilitating and is relatively easy to treat. Treatment normally starts with a simple starch test to confirm that sweating is classed as excessive.
3) Can anyone have treatment with Botox?
There are a few but important conditions that are considered unsafe for the use of Botox. For example Botox may not be used if rare neurological conditions pre-exist and may not be given when a few medications are taken such as some unusual antibiotics. In addition there have been no clinical studies on pregnant or breast feeding woman and these patients will not be treated.Qutis will always treat on the cautious side to ensure patient safety. During your consultation your practitioner will go through your medical history and any medication you may be taking to qualify whether it is safe to have a treatment.
4) How long do the results last?
Although each patient is different, treatments can last from three to six months. At Qutis we always offer free of charge follow-up appointments to all patients, allowing patients to return anytime from 14-21 days post treatment. If any further top-up treatment is required, no charge is made.
5) Can anyone inject Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medicine and therefore requires a prescription by either a doctor, dentist, or a nurse prescriber. Because Botulinum Toxin is a drug it should be administered by a qualified medical professional.
Medical practitioners have a firm understanding of both the facial muscles & how they work in relationship with each other. In addition only medical practitioners can manage any complication which whilst only occurring in extremely rare circumstances, may need another prescription remedy. There are over 50 different muscles in the human face, should the wrong one be ‘relaxed’ the results could cause unwanted short term effects such as asymmetry to the face.
Within the Qutis group, our nurses are advanced practitioners with years of experience behind them – in fact most nurses are trainers themselves in the field of Medical Aesthetics, in particular the use of Botulinum Toxin.
One of the Qutis nurse team, Marea Brennan Thorns was recognised as aesthetic nurse of the year at the recent British Journal of Nursing awards. All our nurses contributed to the award status.