Botulinum Toxin A (BTX-A), (often referred to as Botox®) is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. This toxin blocks the transition of chemical messages sent from the nerve to cause the muscle to contract.
When injected directly into a muscle BTX-A blocks the release of a substance called acetylcholine, (the substance responsible for transmitting electrical impulses that elicit muscle contraction). Restricting the contraction of certain muscles gives improvement cosmetically on the surface of the skin where lines have accumulated. Licensed brands of Botulinum Toxin A (BTX-A) include Botox®, Azzalure®, Bocouture®, Xeomin®, and Dysport®.
BTX-A can be used to treat other medical conditions:
- Cervical dystonia (severe spasms in the neck muscles)
- Muscle stiffness in the elbows, wrists, fingers, ankles, or toes.
- Severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis).
- Overactive bladder and incontinence (urine leakage) caused by nerve disorders such as spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.
- Teeth Grinding
ChromaDerm Aesthetics offer cosmetic BTX-A as anti-wrinkle injections used to smooth lines and wrinkles for a younger, more rejuvenated look. These are most often used to treat;
- Frown lines
- Worry lines
- Crow’s fee
How does BTX-A work?
Cosmetic BTX-A injections work by blocking the nerve signals to certain muscles.
Everyone is an individual, and as such the results will vary between individuals. There may be only a partial reduction in movement and this very much depends on the amount administered and location of product placement – This is not a one size fits all treatment and may be tailored to suit your individual requirements and expected treatment outcomes – discuss this with your Practitioner at the time of consultation.
Improvements in the lines and relaxing of the muscle will begin after 3 days but can take up to 10 days for the full effect.
Results should be expected to last approximately 3-4 months. The movement will begin recovering from 8 weeks of frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is NOT recommended. For more long-term results and to prevent any future development, 2-3 treatments per year is advised.
Does it hurt?
BTX-A is delivered via injection using very small fine needles. Topical anaesthesia can be used if requested, however this is often not required
When the treatment wears off will my lines look more severe than before?
No. Established lines will return as they were pretreatment or possibly improved due to the length of time the muscle has spent not contracting.
Am I suitable for Treatment?
The ChromaDerm practitioner will take a detailed medical history and an assessment of your needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you. BTX-A is a prescription only medicine. This means that you will have a face to face consultation with a licensed prescriber to assess whether you are suitable for treatment. Except in exceptional circumstances, this is not a treatment recommended for those under 25 or over 65.
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at the consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed. Botulinum Toxin should be administered by a healthcare professional with specialist training. Side effects include, but are not limited to;
- Swelling at injection sites
- Redness at injection sites
- Asymmetry of expression
- Drooping of the brow, or eyelid
- Headache or a sensation of ‘tightness’ or ‘heaviness’
Adverse events are uncommon, usually occur within a few days of treatment and are expected to be temporary, usually resolving spontaneously within weeks. Your practitioner will provide aftercare advice designed to minimise risk and promote speedy recovery from any expected side effects.
Injections on the face can trigger the cold sore virus. If you are a sufferer, you must advise us in advance of treatment.
If you are planning to attend a special event when a bruise, should it occur, would be unacceptable to you. Some over the counter medicines and supplements can also affect bleeding (make you more prone to bruising) as can alcohol- which should be avoided the day before and after treatment.
Vigorous exercise, sun exposure, sun beds, sauna should be avoided for 48 hours, or as advised by your practitioner after treatment.