Frequently Asked Questions
Excessive underarm sweating
Wrinkle relaxants contain Botulinum Toxin, a naturally derived purified protein, that functions as a muscle relaxant. When selectively injected, Botulinum Toxin causes reversible muscle relaxation, diminishing the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum Toxin is very specific in its action, only disabling the activity of the targeted muscles.
The most commonly recognised wrinkle relaxant is BOTOX®, which is essentially a trade name and brand of Botulinum Toxin. Other brands of Botulinum Toxin are available, including Azzalure®, Bocouture®, Dysport® and Xeomin®. Historically, Botulinum Toxin has been prescribed to treat certain medical conditions such as chronic migraine, eyelid spasm, bladder spasm and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and feet). Its use is not a new concept.
Basic wrinkle relaxant treatments:
Creases between the eyebrows, i.e. frown lines
Upper forehead lines
Fines lines and creases around the eyes, i.e. crow’s feet
Advanced wrinkle relaxant treatments:
Downturned corners of the mouth
Dimpling of the chin area
Wide-set jaw/teeth grinding
Excessive underarm sweating
You may be required to repeat treatments every 3-4 months for the first 12 months of treatment, to maintain a continued natural, youthful appearance. Clinical trials have reported that thereafter, many clients maintain their desired effect by topping up treatments on a 6 month basis.
Botulinum Toxin starts to work very quickly, but the cosmetic effect takes time to develop. Subtle changes may be seen from days 3-5, with peak onset of effect by day 14.
Individual treatments usually take on average 10 minutes. There may be some localised post procedure redness/bruising, which can be easily camouflaged with light makeup. There is no downtime and you may resume your usual activities of daily living, with the exception of strenuous exercise.
Wrinkle relaxants have an excellent safety profile, with over 2million users to date across Europe. The doses administered are relatively small and as such the risks are minimal. If any complications do occur they are usually temporary and carry a mild to moderate classification.
Neuromuscular disorders, e.g. MG/MND
Blood coagulation disorders
Infected skin, e.g. cold sores, cellulitis
Localised bleeding, bruising, swelling, irritation
Eyebrow/eyelid ptosis (rare complication)
Results may vary from client to client. Full details including anticipated results, cautions/contraindications, side-effects and longevity will be discussed at face-to-face consultation.
Avoid high intensity exercise for 24 hours
Avoid touching/massaging the injected areas
Avoid heavy alcohol consumption on same day
Avoid hot environments on same day (sauna/steam rooms/hot bath/sunbeds)
Full effect established in 2 weeks
Experience is client dependent, however most individuals experience the procedure to be more comfortable than expected. You will expect to feel some mild stinging at the injection site and may experience slight redness/bruising afterwards, however this is temporary and will spontaneously resolve.