Our highly experienced doctors use Botox® to target and treat a variety of problem areas, from crow’s feet and bunny lines to hyperactive sweat glands and painful grinding teeth.
A tiny amount of Botox® is injected using ultrafine needles into the target areas to smooth and even out skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and block overactive sweat glands or pain receptors. Botox® is one of the most common aesthetic treatments and can be used to correct a multitude of problems.
Originally, Botox® was developed to treat issues such as facial spasms and to correct problems with eye muscles. Far from just being a temporary fix for fine lines and wrinkles, Botox® can provide relief from painful conditions, restore confidence, and alleviate embarrassing symptoms such as excessive sweating.
For deeper lines and wrinkles, a Dermal Filler may be advised in addition to anti-wrinkle injections.
The ideal candidate for Botox® is someone healthy, generally in their mid to late twenties and onwards as this is when the skin’s natural elastin begins to break down, making lines more pronounced. Botox® relaxes the muscles to prevent lines from becoming deeper, so the deeper and more noticeable they are to start with, the fewer Botox® can do.
Botox® is a safe, FDA-approved, and minimally-invasive treatment that is fast and convenient (a session takes around 15-20 minutes) and lasts for between three to six months. It is relatively pain-free (you may feel a slight pinch at the injection site) and any discomfort can be alleviated with a numbing cream.
Fine lines and wrinkles can be prematurely ageing, while some lines can cause you to look tired, or disagreeable. Sometimes the problem isn’t just a displeasing appearance but a painful or embarrassing condition.
Botox® targets the wrinkles that are part of your genetic predisposition. This would include frown lines, crows feet, and other lines caused by the natural movement of your facial muscles. But it can also be used to relax the muscles and circumnavigate the pain receptors in conditions such as temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder and block overactive sweat glands to help you control excessive sweating.
There isn’t much aftercare, although vigorous exercise and lying down are not advised for four to six hours following treatment.
You will discuss your desired outcomes with your clinician in your initial consultation to ensure you have realistic expectations and understand that results may vary between individuals.
Botox® is not permanent, so if you do not achieve the desired appearance you can rest assured that your face will revert to its pre-Botox® condition within 3-6 months.
Forehead lines are those that run horizontally between the eyebrows and the hairline. They can be caused by ageing, sun damage, smoking, or stress. A lined forehead can be distracting and can detract from a youthful complexion and pleasant appearance.
Subtle injections of Botox® can smooth the skin and minimise the activity of the muscles causing the lines. It is most effective when the lines are not too severe and have not become ‘ridges’. If your forehead lines are deep, a different treatment, such as filler may be advised.
Frown lines are caused by the same factors as forehead lines but occur vertically between the eyebrows. Not only are they ageing, but they can make you look permanently disgruntled, stressed, or angry. This can have a knock-on effect on how people perceive you in your personal and professional life.
Botox® injected into the lines between the brows (glabella) relaxes the area, preventing you from ‘knitting’ your eyebrows together to deepen the lines.
However, if you can noticeably see the lines when you aren’t frowning, dermal fillers may be a more effective solution.
Another of the most common ‘problem areas’ for clients are crow’s feet. Crow’s feet are the fine lines that fan out from the corners of your eyes when you make an expression and, like other wrinkles, they become more noticeable as we age. Also known as laugh lines or character lines, crow’s feet are caused by a loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin as we age, and can be exacerbated by exposure to the sun and UV rays such as from sunbeds.
A couple of subtle injections of Botox® in the area can stop early crow’s feet from developing further.
As crow’s feet are so close to the eyes it is even more important that the injections are administered by a fully trained professional to prevent potential side effects such as droopy eyelids.
Botox® is a minimally invasive way to lift the eyebrows and tackle several problem areas at once. Injecting a small amount of Botox® above the lateral aspect of the eyebrows will prevent a droopy appearance and lift the face, giving you a wide awake and youthful look. Botox® may also be injected into the glabella and forehead areas in the same session to give a relaxed and rested look.
A Botox® brow lift poses less risk than a surgical brow lift which can cause complications including scarring and hair loss. It also creates a much more natural appearance, avoiding the ‘perpetually shocked’ look.
Bunny lines are the lines that can appear when you scrunch up your nose, such as when you smile or laugh. They fan out from the inside of your eye to the bridge of your nose. As you age and your skin loses its elasticity, the lines deepen and may no longer disappear when you relax your face.
A droopy nose tip can have a dragging down effect on the mouth, creating a downturned appearance. Thankfully, this problem can be corrected with a small amount of Botox® injected into the depressor septi nasi muscle, which pulls the sides of the nose downwards. The Botox® lessens this pulling effect, lifting the tip of your nose for a perkier appearance.
Much less drastic than a rhinoplasty (surgical nose job) nasal Botox® is one solution for clients who wish to change their nose but is not suitable for changing the overall shape. Nasal Botox® can also be used in some cases to stop overly flaring nostrils.
A ‘gummy smile’ is where a person shows three millimeters or more of gum when they smile. The optimal is less than two millimeters, and those who show more may be embarrassed to smile or even feel uncomfortable talking to people face to face.
The condition can be caused by factors such as:
Small or ‘hidden’ teeth
A short or ‘hyperactive’ upper lip
Long or enlarged gums (gingival hypertrophy)
A genetic excessive growth of the upper jaw (vertical maxillary excess)
Botox® is injected into the area between your nose and upper lip to relax the upper lip and hide the gums for a more natural and pleasant smile.
The joints that connect your jawbone to your skull on each side of your jaw are called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) This area can be subject to TMJ disorders, causing the sufferer to feel pain in the TMJ and surrounding muscles when they are working, ie during movement of the jaw. These disorders can be caused by many factors, such as genetics, arthritis, or an injury to the jaw. However, for many people, the cause is the excessive grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw.
This may be something you do in your sleep or you may be otherwise unaware of the action, but the symptoms include headaches ranging from mild to severe, tenderness in the TMJ or jaw area, pain or problems chewing, and lockjaw where it becomes difficult to open or close your mouth. Some sufferers also endure ringing or pain in their ears.
Botox® can be used to block the pain receptors, relax the muscles and decrease the pressure on the TMJ to alleviate the symptoms. The inability to move the muscles causing the pain and tenderness can give the client relief from the condition and prevent it from worsening. For best results, treatment should be repeated every three to four months approximately.
Sometimes TMJ disorder causes the masseter muscles (that run through the back of the cheek from your temporal bone to your lower jaw) to enlarge.
These muscles can also thicken with age, creating a square jawline. Botox® can be used to slim down the face and soften the jawline by alleviating the pressure on the TMJ muscles.
The chin may not be one of the first places you think of where Botox® would be effective. However, just like other areas of the face, the chin can display signs of ageing such as the so-called ‘orange peel’ dimpled. Caused by excessive flexing of the chin muscles, this bumpy or lumpy skin on the chin can detract from our features and what may otherwise be a youthful appearance.
Thankfully, Botox® can be very effective in correcting a dimpled chin. Using ultrafine needles, small amounts of Botox® are injected into the problem area to relax the muscles and smooth and tighten the skin.
The neckline is another area where the signs of ageing may be visible and restrict clothing choices and inhibit confidence. A ‘turkey neck’ is when the vertical bands at the front and sides of the neck (the platysma muscle bands) increase in size and become more noticeable through years of hyperactivity. Botox® can be used to reduce this hyperactivity and lessen the appearance of the lines.
Botox® can also be injected into the jawline to improve the appearance of sagging jowls and tighten and slim the neckline. This is sometimes called the neck lift or Nefertiti neck lift after the legendary Egyptian queen whose exquisite neck and bone structure is still admired today.
Underarm sweat can be embarrassing and uncomfortable whenever it occurs. For most of us, though, we only sweat excessively when undertaking rigorous exercise or when we’re exposed to very high temperatures. Some people have overactive sweat glands that cause them to sweat excessively. Although these glands can be overactive anywhere on the body, the underarms are one of the most common places. If you have this problem and even medical-grade antiperspirant doesn’t help, Botox® could provide an effective solution. A couple of injections of Botox® into the sweat glands under the arms can block the communication between your nerves and sweat glands. This will stop you from sweating profusely in the targeted area, leaving you free from the discomfort and embarrassment of excessive sweating.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society credits underarm Botox® injections with an 82-87% rate of reducing underarm sweating.
Similarly, some people suffer from excessive sweating in the palm of their hands, a condition called palmar hyperhidrosis. This can also be debilitating, preventing something as simple as a handshake or holding hands, as well as limiting or even prohibiting manual activities. Solutions such as applying antiperspirants can be ineffective due to how much we use our hands, and can also irritate if you rub your hands together.
Botox® can be more painful in the palm of the hands, but could be an effective solution when an over the counter or even medically-prescribed lotions and products have failed.
*Please be advised that individual results may vary