Anti wrinkle injections (AWI) also known as Botox and Dysport is a Botulinum Toxin Type A toxin originally used to treat medical conditions such as migraines, overactive bladder, vaginismus, cerebral palsy, facial ticks, neck spasms, excessive perspiration and strabismus. These conditions all have in common abnormal muscle tone and by relaxing the muscles, muscle spasm is reduced. Patients treated for migraines were noticed to have wrinkle reduction as well and so it’s use for cosmetic purposes began.
Cosmetic use of the toxin is in much lower doses and has proven to be safe.
What is Botulinum Toxin Type A?
It is a brand of a PURIFIED form of botulinum toxin type A, a chemical toxin that is produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although this is the same toxin that causes botulism — a type of infection that can result in life-threatening muscle paralysis — Botox and Dysport are safe to use as an injectable medicine because they are used in very small quantities and injected directly into specific sites.
How does Botulin Toxin Type A work?
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) blocks the release of a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) known as acetylcholine from nerve cells. Acetylcholine normally transmits nerve impulses to muscle cells, causing them to contract. Without acetylcholine, the affected nerve is unable to send a signal to the muscle it supplies, resulting in a weakened muscle. The effect of Botox and Dysport injections is restricted to the area being treated. Because the nerve fibres usually regenerate after a couple of months, the effect is temporary and muscle recovers so the wrinkles return.
When the muscles are relaxed they stretch the skin and hence the wrinkles are stretched like and elastic band and reduced. Some wrinkles will be softened only if the skin is very lax or the wrinkles are very deep. Facial expression can be maintained while the wrinkles are reduced producing a natural refreshed look.
Botox injections can be directed into the skin to block the action of the nerves that control your sweat glands. It can be used in this way to treat excessive localised sweating (hyperhidrosis), especially severe underarm sweating.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (the Australian drug regulatory agency) first approved Botox injections for medical use in 1999. It was approved for cosmetic use (specifically, the treatment of vertical frown lines) in 2002.
How long does the anti wrinkle Toxin effect last?
The improvement in the appearance of your wrinkles usually lasts for 3 to 6 months, and repeated injections are required to maintain the effect. With continued use, the effects may start to last longer and the dose can often be reduced.
A small number of people develop neutralising antibodies to the Toxin and the response is therefore much reduced and less lasting.
Are the anti-wrinkle Toxin injections safe?
Anti Wrinkle Injection therapy is only available on prescription from Doctor Rohde, and should always be given by a trained medical professional who is familiar with the correct technique. Dr Rohde has been trained in advanced injection procedures and has over 15 years of experience and provides the injections from our Bowral clinic, perfectly located for Mittagong, Moss Vale and nearby area residents.
Toxin injections are relatively safe when administered by a trained medical professional. As with all treatments, there are some side effects associated with its use, but most of these are mild and temporary. Pain, tenderness and bruising may be associated with the injection, and some people have reported a slight headache after treatment. Nausea and a flu-like syndrome are also rarely reported.
Dr Rohde will take a full medical history and assess you for suitability for Toxin treatment Patients with autoimmune disorders, neurological conditions and on certain medications are not suitable for treatments with the Toxin. Alternative treatments may be more suited.
Botox injections should not be used in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Pre and post treatment care.
Dr Rohde follows a strict clinical anti infection injection protocol.
A pre injection photograph is advised and remains strictly confidential part of medical record keeping for the purpose of best medical care and optimal results.
Post injection aftercare is provided up in 2 weeks to observe the treatment result and obtain your feedback. A photograph of the final result is also recommended.
Dr Rohde is available daily for any advice or concern and is happy to provide to follow up her patients at any stage of the treatment
Call Dr Nada Rohde on (02) 4861 6611 for your anti wrinkle consultation in Bowral
All cosmetic consults, including for lip augmentation, dermal fillers and anti wrinkle injections, are charged a consulting fee of $100 which is deducted from cost of any treatment discussed in consultation within 1 month. Book in your consultation for anti wrinkle injections at our Bowral clinic today, we’re conveniently located for Mittagong, Moss Vale and surrounding suburb residents.