What is Botox?
Botox is a trade name for Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein that temporarily paralyses muscles when injected. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles and as a result, the injected muscles can’t contract, therefore reducing the amount of wrinkles. The effects of Botox are temporary and usually last for about 3-6 months.
At Hiroshi’s private practice, Botox is offered to patients as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a treatment, such as a facelift, to enhance the overall results. In order to relax the facial muscles responsible for frown lines and general facial wrinkles, Botox injections block particular chemical signals from nerves that cause the muscles to contract. Botox Type A is generally used for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Common type A injections include Dysport®, Xeomin®, Azzalure® and Botox®, the latter being one of the most widely recognised brands of botulinum toxin injections. All products produce the same effect.
What to expect
What to expect with Botox
No specific skin preparation is required before having Botox injections. If you are taking blood-thinning medications or are prone to bruising, then taking arnica tablets can be beneficial, however its uncommon to get bruised as the needle is very small and the injections are carefully placed by Hiroshi. The majority of patients feel minimal pain during the treatment, but numbing cream can be applied if necessary, in order to make the experience as comfortable as possible.