Cosmetic – FAQs
Q: What is Botox ?
A: Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is a purified protein produced in strictly controlled laboratoryÂ conditions. Given in very small therapeutic doses, Botox is an effective and extremely safe treatment for many conditions associated with hyperactive muscles and for excessive sweating. Cosmetically, it is used to relax skin lines caused by frowning, squinting and smiling.
Q: How Does Botox Work?
A: Normally, your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so that they can contract and move. Botox temporarily blocks these messages, thus stopping the muscle contractions. The end result is relaxation of the skin lines created by facial muscle action.
Q: How Quickly Does Botox Work?
A: You may see the effects of Botox as early as 1-2 days after treatment or as late as 2 weeks after. Typically, it takes 4-5 days for a full response.
Q: How Long Does the Effect Last?
A: The usual length of improvement is from 2 to 4 months. With repeated treatment, this duration can be extended further,
Q: What Are the Possible Side Effects?
A: The most frequent side effect is a temporary headache but, conversely, Botox can sometimes decrease chronic headaches. Occasionally, there can be temporary drooping of an eyelid or lowering of the eyebrows.
Q: What is Restylane?
A: Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural volume-maintaining substance in the skin, which decreases with age. It is injected into the skin to smooth wrinkles, provide facial contouring and augment lips.
Q: Where Does Restylane Come From?
A: Restylane is produced from non-animal sources by a natural fermentation process. Thus, there is no risk of transmitting disease from animals.
Q: How Long Does Restylane Last?
A: When injected to lift wrinkles, Restylane will generally last 6 to 9 months. Lip enhancement usually needs repeating in 4 to 6 months.
Q: Are There Any Side-Effects?
A: After a treatment, some common injection-related reactions occur, such as swelling, discomfort, redness, mild bruising and tenderness at the implant site. These effects generally resolve within 1 to 3 days. Rarely (about 1 in 2000 patients), a localized hypersensitivity reaction may occur which involves inflammation and, sometimes, acne-like eruptions in the area of the injection. This may last for several weeks.