How does BOTOX® work?
Dynamic wrinkles, which are what BOTOX® is designed to treat, are caused by repetitive facial movements. Every time we smile, squint, frown, etc., fine lines and wrinkles appear at various points in the face. BOTOX® temporarily relaxes the muscles responsible for the expressions causing the wrinkles. Common types of dynamic wrinkles treated include frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.
How does the treatment feel?
The injections may be a little painful. Most people tolerate the discomfort well.
How is the treatment carried out?
Several injections are usually needed at different sites. The injections relax the injected muscles, reducing movement, which prevents the creasing of the skin, lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It generally takes 3 to 7 days, but sometimes even as long as 2 weeks, to take full effect.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Unlike some cosmetic medical treatments, they’re suitable for virtually anyone who has wrinkles or other skin lines that they want to remove. This includes people who want to fight the signs of natural ageing, or those who’ve developed lines from exposure to the sun.
Are there any side effects?
Following the treatment there may be minimal redness, bruising is uncommon, more so for lower facial work but this fades quickly. We recommend that you remain upright for 3-4 hours after your treatment. You can carry on with your day as normal immediately after leaving the clinic, although clients should not massage or rub the areas afterwards or take vigorous exercise.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatment will only work on the specific muscles injected, leaving surrounding muscles to function as usual maintaining normal facial expression. Treatment gives a smoother, younger-looking appearance which lasts for 2 to 4 months. Using high SPF sun cream to protect your skin from sun damage can keep your skin looking younger for longer.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch may be carried out.
How long does each treatment take?
The procedure takes only about 10 minutes and no anaesthesia is required.
Before and After examples
Don’t I need sweat glands?
While your body does need sweat glands to cool itself, your body has 2-4 million sweat glands – only about 2% are found in your underarms. Eliminating this 2% of sweat glands does not affect your body’s ability to cool itself. With miraDry, you will experience the many benefits of reducing sweat in the underarm area, but you will continue to sweat in other areas of your body.
How does it work?
miraDry uses thermal energy to create heat in the area where bothersome sweat, odor, and hair glands reside and safely eliminates them.
What results can I expect?
You can expect immediate and lasting results. Once the miraDry treatment eliminates the sweat, odor, and hair glands, they’re gone for good. The treatment is clinically proven to have an average of 82% sweat reduction. As with any aesthetic treatment results, patient results and experience may vary.
How many treatments will I need?
You can see results in as little as one treatment. However, as with any aesthetic treatment, your physician will determine the best protocol for your desired results.
How long does it take?
An office visit appointment will generally last about one hour.
Is there any pain or downtime?
Most patients describe the procedure as painless with little to no downtime. Local anesthesia is administered to the underarms prior to the treatment for patient comfort. Most patients experience little to no downtime and return to regular activity (like returning to work) immediately. Exercise is typically resumed within several days. You may experience swelling, numbness, bruising and sensitivity in the underarm area for several days post-treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Some localized soreness or swelling will occur, and typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears.
How much does it cost?
Pricing can vary depending on the treatment protocol to achieve your desired results and will be discussed during your consultation.