The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by its product name BOTOX® is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed and youthful appearance.
BOTOX® has now been formally approved for cosmetic use under a new name – VISTABEL®. It is only available on prescription.
Who is suitable for BOTOX® Treatment?
- Men who want to eliminate frown lines or brow lines and furrows.
- Men who are not yet ready for face lifts or other cosmetic and plastic surgeries to improve their appearance.
- Men who want a simple and fast procedure to eliminate wrinkles with little downtime and recovery.
- Men who suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
How is BOTOX® treatment performed?
A very small amount of BOTOX®/VISTABEL® is injected with an extremely fine needle into the area being treated. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. No sedation or local anaesthetic is required, you will be able to drive immediately after your injections.
Following the treatment
You have a slight temporary redness and / or bruising of the skin at your injection sites which are minor and of short duration, but otherwise, there will be no visible signs of your treatment.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments are amongst the safest of medical procedures. However, all patients must understand and accept that no procedure is absolutely free from risk.
In some cases Botox can cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles or drooping of an eyelid. The risk of any side effects depends upon the precise muscles injected. But because BOTOX®/VISTABEL® treatment is completely reversible, any side effects related to excessive weakness are temporary, lasting only days or weeks.
For further information concerning the risks and complications associated with BOTOX®/VISTABEL® please refer to Risks and Complications of BOTOX® & VISTABEL®.
How long will the results of your BOTOX®/VISTABEL® treatment last?
The results will take from 4-10 days to become visible. Depending on your lifestyle and how your muscles react to the treatment, the effects of BOTOX®/VISTABEL® may last from three to six months and the treatment should be repeated two to three times per year.