Botox treatments are carried out by Dr David Orsbourn or our Appearance Medicine Nurse, Brittany Fenwick, in Nelson or at the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim. Each treatment is tailored to the individual client aiming to produce very natural-looking results with Botox.
A simple non-surgical procedure, Botox (Cosmetic Botulinum toxin) softens the fine lines or wrinkles caused by facial expressions, stress and sun. Botox is a natural, purified protein that relaxes the facial muscles that cause problem wrinkles, creating a smooth, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. It has been used for many years by ophthalmologists and neurologists to treat squints, muscle spasms and now for cosmetic enhancement since the early 90s.
It is the repeated contracting of facial muscles that cause frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crows feet. Botox is a natural purified protein which simply blocks the signals from the nerves that cause these contractions. It is administered by injections using a very fine needle. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and normal activity can be resumed immediately. The facial muscles become relaxed within days, allowing the skin contours to gradually even out. Wrinkles soften and further creases are prevented. This effect can last anywhere between 3-6 months depending on the individual and gradually longer with repeated treatments as part of a Botox maintenance program, (this can be arranged in Nelson or Blenheim). Botox is equally effective for men or women. It is popular with many businessmen to leave them looking more refreshed and approachable. Our aim is to recreate a natural, more youthful appearance without being obvious. Performed well, it will have people asking “You look great, what are you doing? Have you been on holiday?”
What can I expect after Botox treatment?
Your facial expressions will become softer and fresher, giving a more relaxed appearance. The end result is very natural. Your wrinkles will become smoother and may even disappear altogether, with Botox Nelson.
How long will the treatment last?
Although individuals vary, the effects of your Botox® therapy will generally last for around 3-4 months. Research shows that regular use every 3 months in the first couple of years can yield better results which often last longer.
Does the treatment hurt?
Botox® therapy is injected with a very tiny needle. Most patients tolerate the treatment very well only reporting a tiny pinching sensation with each injection similar to waxing or plucking.
Is it safe?
Botox® therapy has a good safety profile. It has been used in millions of people worldwide, and to treat many medical conditions, including eye spasm, neck spasm and headaches.
Botox® therapy is used in young children with cerebral palsy, where it relaxes contracted muscles to help them walk and improve their hygiene. As with many of the medical treatments, it is often used for this in doses over 10 times the amount used for the average adult frown line. Botox® therapy is also used to treat excessive sweating. The safety has been proven over the past 20 years through extensive testing and research.
How long does the procedure take?
After your initial half-hour consultation, and assessment, the procedure generally takes about 10 minutes. (All consultations and treatments take place at our clinic in Nelson or the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim).
How quickly does it work?
Although you may see results in a few days, it can take up to 2 weeks for it to take full effect. If you are planning a special event, such as a wedding, your results will be at their best about a month after your treatment. We recommend a trial run at least 4-6 months prior to your big day.
I don’t want to look “frozen” or like a mask without expression, will that happen?
No, we aim to create natural-looking results. Most of our Nelson and Blenheim clients say they want to look natural, relaxed and refreshed without looking “done”. Friends simply comment that they look rested and great.
Dr Orsbourn’s Personal Comments
Clients, who visit us in Nelson or Blenheim, often ask “What is the difference between Botox and Fillers?” Botox is for treating a wrinkle caused by the action of an underlying muscle creasing the overlying skin, Botox causes relaxation of the muscle causing the gradual fading of the wrinkle line over time.
Dermal Fillers are more like putty, instantly filling the wrinkle from underneath the skin surface. With repeated treatments of Botox your brain realises the relaxed muscle is no longer responding to commands to contract and reduces its urge to (e.g. frown) and the result gets better and better.
A general rule of thumb is that Botox is used firstly in the upper 1/3 of the face (where the skin is thinner and more affected by muscle movement – especially around the eyes) while fillers are used for the lower 2/3 (around the cheeks, nose, and mouth) but of course there are plenty of exceptions. We will discuss all this with you along with your concerns, and help you decide which is best suited (or a combination of each) for your particular needs. Botox, Neuronox, Dysport and Xeomin are all brands of Botulinum Toxins registered for cosmetic use in New Zealand. They have been used safely medically worldwide for many years. Although it is a ‘toxin’, we are using it in tiny amounts in cosmetic medicine compared to its other medical uses or indeed a lethal dose. Doctors use 2-300 units each 6 months in 3-year-old children with Cerebral Palsy whereas as few as 20 units may smooth your frown lines. Botox is a quick, easy, almost painless procedure (most people are pleasantly surprised) which leaves a lovely ‘refreshed look’ that people will notice but no-one will know why!
One pleasant effect of treating ‘frown lines’ can be a nice ‘brow elevation’ which some women find adds to the freshening of their look and counteract the slight hooding of the brow and lids with age. An uncommon side effect following Botox can be a headache for a couple of days. Countering this possibility are the numerous people who have significant relief from recurrent tension headaches and migraines with Botox treatments.
Another use for Botulinum is symptomatic relief of hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), most commonly of armpits, or face and scalp. This treatment literally changes people’s lives. It can also be used to treat the muscle spasm of facial twitches, to slim down bulky jawlines (popular for Asian patients), and can even be used to reduce jaw clenching and teeth grinding issues.
Before any procedure, you need to provide informed consent. Initial consultation and assessment with David Orsbourn or Brittany Fenwick is necessary (even if you have had Botox with other doctors before) so we can go over your concerns, options for treatment, expected results, costs, questions, etc. This takes place in Nelson or Blenheim.
Call us NOW to see what Botox can do for you, phone 03 548 8216, for Nelson and Blenheim appointments.
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet, And for the treatment of severe primary hyperhidrosis of the axillae. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure. Cautions: People with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, injection site pain/burning/stinging/bruising/swelling/redness, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, eyelid swelling, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms. For hyperhidrosis it can include perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms, pain at the injection site, pain, hot flushes and transient arm weakness. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. Note: BOTOX® facial treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. BOTOX® hyperhidrosis treatment lasts about 7.5 months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary Speak to your specialist about your own situation.
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