Botulinum toxin (Botox® /Dysport/Xeomin) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium A. Cosmetically, Botulinum toxin is most commonly used to relax the muscles on areas of the face and neck which cause wrinkles associated with facial expressions or facial pain. Injections with botulinum toxin can cause your facial expression lines or wrinkles to be less noticeable and may soften existing lines at rest.  The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and the results can last up to 3 months. With repeated treatments, the results may tend to last longer. Botulinum toxin can additionally be used for hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), Masseteric hypertrophy (enlarged jaw muscles), bruxism (jaw clenching) and teeth grinding).

Before undergoing this procedure, understanding the risks is essential. Botulinum toxin is generally very safe with treatment risks generally being minimal and short lived. However following risks may occur, and there may be unforeseen risks and risks that are not included on this list.  It has been explained to me that there are certain inherent and potential risks and side effects in any invasive procedure and in this specific instance such risks include but are not limited to:

1.Post treatment discomfort, swelling, redness, and bruising, 
2. Double vision or a weakened tear duct (rare)
3. Infection or allergic reaction (rare)
4. Temporary droop of eyebrow or eyelid(s) or another temporary adjacent muscle weakness (rare)
5. Temporary mild headache may occur.

It is important that you notify your treatment provider before your treatment if you are PREGNANT, TRYING TO FALL PREGNANT, BREASTFEEDING, HAVE ANY ALLERGIES OR NEUROLOGIC DISEASE OR ANY OTHER MEDICAL CONCERN.

The treatment takes full effect within 14 days (most patients will start to notice an effect within 3 days).  Most patients find the treatment effective for up to 3-4 months.

5 days before your treatment avoid any non-essential medications/supplements which may exacerbate bruising.  These include:  fish oil, omega oil, vitamin e, *blood thinning/anticoagulant medication, anti-inflammatory medication (voltaren, neurofen, asprin etc). *check with your prescriber before stopping these. 

On the day of your treatment avoid excessive caffeine & strenuous exercise.  Have something light to eat and drink prior to your appointment.

Immediately following your treatment use the muscles as normal.  Do not manipulate, rub or massage the treated area for the remainder of the day.  Stay upright for at least 4 hours post treatment.

Avoid exercise and make up until the day following your treatment.  Avoid facial treatments for 2 weeks following your injections.

Please book a review for 2 weeks following your first treatment or if you have any concerns about your treatment www.kateallen.co.nz/book (this is complimentary) 

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