What does the treatment involve?
Botox injections are administered as an outpatient procedure. The surgeon marks the areas to be injected. Botox is injected with a very fine needle in carefully regulated doses into the muscles that are responsible for the formation of creases and wrinkles.
Patients with hyperhidrosis of the armpits can also be injected in the outpatient department. Occasionally a white anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin one to two hours before the injection to decrease the discomfort of the injection.
Patients with hyperhidrosis of the palms and soles of the feet usually have these injected with Botox under general anaesthetic.
What normally happens after the injection?
The areas that have been injected can be slightly bruised or swollen. The swelling and bruising usually resolves within a week.
The effect of the Botox is not visible until one to three weeks after the injection and lasts for approximately four to six months. Patients who want a sustained effect need to have a repeat injection when the effect of Botox wears off.
How long will I need off work?
Most patients are able to return to work within a day. On occasions there maybe some significant swelling or bruising at the site of injection. This may affect your ability to meet with clients or to attend important social occasions.
What are the complications of Botox injections?
Very rarely patients can have an allergic reaction to Botox or the effect of Botox maybe visible in a wider area than intended. This can result in an exaggerated result was relative immobility of the forehead or slight drooping of the brow or of the upper eyelid. However this effect is completely reversible within some weeks of the injection.