What is Botox?
Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX) is an anti – wrinkle treatment which is a medical product containing small amounts of the highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium. Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (a bacterium that causes food poisoning) called botulinum toxin. The product is administered in small injections to reduce specific muscle activity by blocking the overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions or glandular activity which result in diminishing wrinkles.
Who is suitable for Botox?
During your face to face consultation Chloe will assess whether Botox is the right treatment for you. If your face is relaxed and the dynamic lines appear static then this is a good time to consider Botox before the lines develop any deeper.
If you are eighteen and above you are eligible for this treatment.
What are the benefits of Botox?
- It reduces or eliminates wrinkles and lines without undergoing any surgery
- Smoother complexion
- Younger and healthier looking
- Make up application is smoother
- Minimizes sweating
- Almost pain free
- Skin will look more radiant
- Can illuminate migraine and headaches
The process of a Botox treatment?
- Before any treatment Chloe believes as an Aesthetic Practitioner that a face to face consultation is a vital step before undergoing any treatment.
- Discovering the client’s unwanted flaws during a 1:1 consultation with Chloe will determine which treatment is suited for each client. An in depth, honest consultation will take place to ensure each individual’s desired results are met.
- Chloe feels it is extremely important to build a personal relationship with her clients, feeling rest assured they feel 100% relaxed and comfortable before going ahead with any treatment.
- Administrating Botulinum Toxin – small quantities of Botox are injected directly into the affected muscle. Nerve endings release a chemical substance called acetylcholine which transmits contraction information to the muscle. The Botulinum Toxin temporarily blocks the release of acetylcholine. The muscle is then relaxed and the wrinkles appear reduced. The needle is very thin and small causing the client no pain.
- Post-treatment your eyes will function just as normal, the only thing you will notice is you will be wrinkle free! A tailored treatment plan will be carried out with each individual making sure every client feels completely satisfied with their results.
When will I see the results?
Post-treatment you should start to see an improvement within 2 to 3 days, however on some occasions it can take up to a period of 30 days.
Maintenance & how long will Botox last?
Botulinum Toxin A will gradually wear off as the muscles start to contract again. It usually lasts around 3 – 6 months however it can be shorter / longer depending on the clients individual factors. If you repeat the treatment of Botulinum Toxin you will find that after 3 – 4 sessions you will be able to pro long your next treatment as the muscles will have weakened.
How is Botulinum Toxin priced?
Chloe will make the treatment process cost effective and beneficial for the client, any queries, concerns and questions will be answered. Chloe will explain the various options in thorough detail leaving each client with a clear understanding of the treatments discussed. Each client will also be given information which will contain the best possible after care to achieve the best possible results.
A cooling off period is offered to each client to consider if the treatment is appropriate for them.
Botox remains one of the most affordable, fast working, safe, effective and non-surgical anti-ageing treatments available. The cost of the treatment will depend on the area and the amount of Botox required to achieve each clients desired results.
Botox is split up into 3 areas, which are:
– Lines in between the eyebrows – Glabellar lines (frown lines)
– Forehead lines (expression lines)
– Eyes – Crows Feet (lines around the eyes)
Is Botulinum Toxin A something only women get?
No, not at all. This treatment is starting to get just as popular for men as it is for women.
History of Botox
The bacterium Bacillus botulinum (later renamed Clostridum botulinum) was identified by Prof. Emile Pierre van Ermengem, of Ellezelles, Belgium.
Botulinum Toxin Type A was isolated in purified form as a stable acid precipitate by Herman Sommer, M.D., at the University of California, San Francisco.
Edward J. Schantz, Ph.D., and colleagues succeeded in purifying Botulinum Toxin Type A in crystalline form, for the first time providing scientists with the raw material necessary to study the molecule in greater detail.
The first important studies with Botulinum Toxin Type A yielded major results when researcher Vernon Brooks, M.D. discovered that botulinum toxin, when injected into a hyperactive muscle, blocks the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings, thus inducing a temporary “relaxation” of the targeted muscle. This breakthrough sparked new interest in Botulinum Toxin Type A as a potentially significant therapeutic agent.
1960s and 1970s
Research into the role of Botulinum Toxin Type A in muscle disorders accelerated in the late 1960s, when Alan B. Scott, M.D., of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Foundation in San Francisco, initiated animal studies with Botulinum Toxin Type A. Dr. Scott hypothesized that the drug might be an effective therapy for strabismus (crossed eyes), a type of “ophthalmic dystonia,” and an alternative to surgery, then the only effective intervention. Dr. Scott discovered that by injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin into the hyperactive ocular muscles in monkeys he was able to realign crossed eyes associated with strabismus.
For the next 20 years, Dr. Scott collaborated with Dr. Schantz to develop Botulinum Toxin Type A for human treatment. In the late 1970s, Dr. Scott formed his own company, Oculinum, Inc., where he continued to study botulinum toxin type in human volunteers.
Allergan, Inc. acquired the rights to distribute Dr. Scott’s Botulinum Toxin Type A product, Oculinum.
The therapeutic value of Botulinum Toxin Type A to address an unmet medical need was recognized when Oculinum, Inc. received one of the first approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the newly established orphan drug status to market Oculinum in the United States for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye blinking) associated with dystonia, including benign essential blepharospasm or VII nerve disorder in patients 12 years of age and older. Shortly after, Allergan acquired Oculinum, Inc. and received FDA approval to change the product’s name to BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A)
The FDA approved BOTOX for the treatment of abnormal head position and neck pain associated with cervical dystonia in adults.
Allergan received FDA approval to market the BOTOX formulation for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (the vertical “frown lines” between the brows) in adult women and men ages 18 – 65. With the new license, the product was marketed as BOTOX Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) in the United States, with dosing specific to treat frown lines between he brows.
Most recently, in July 2004, BOTOX, neurotoxin was granted approval in the United States for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) that is inadequately managed with topical agents. United States, BOTOX is currently being investigated for the treatment of additional medical conditions, including headache / migraine, post – stroke spasticity, and overactive bladder.
Consultations are completely FREE. To book one with Chloe under no obligation please contact 07702 309892.
All products used are FDA approved and are purchased from recognised pharmacies/suppliers who supply not only other clinics but also the NHS.
All needles used are single use and are disposed of immediately after use.
All products and equipment are sterile.