When injected, botulinum toxin relaxes muscles, preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. It’s effective for “expression lines”, such as frown and surprise lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes, and “turkey neck” – lines on the throat.
Where can you get botulinum toxin?
It is a prescription-only drug, although people who aren’t medical professionals do currently inject it. This can be done by non-doctors obtaining prescriptions from doctors, or in the case of beauty clinics, having one doctor ostensibly supervising multiple non-medical injectors, without actually being in the room during the procedure. But beware of going down the bargain-basement path – botulinum is a potent bacterial neurotoxin, and there are consequences if it’s not used correctly.
How much does Botulinum toxin cost?
This depends on how much is injected. The number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. The price for a single unit is currently sold $12 at our clinic. To treat the forehead you’ll need roughly 12 to 25 units, costing between $145 and $300, depending on how much you need. The cost is about the same for treating crow’s feet.
Does Botulinum toxin hurt?
The pain has been described as similar to that of an ant bite, lasting for a few seconds. By majority of our patients, the pain was described as “tolerable”. Applying local anaesthetic creams prior to procedure can reduce the pain significantly.
How long does the effect of Botulinum injection last?
The effects of injections typically last 3-4 months, but they can last longer with ongoing treatment.
What could go wrong if you get anti-wrinkle injection?
Possible side effects are usually temporary and restricted to the area of injection. They include drooping of the eyelids, bruising, headache, face pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, bruising, skin tightness, muscle weakness, numbness or a feeling of pins and needles and nausea.
Non-cosmetic uses for Botulinum toxin
Botulinum toxin is a commonly prescribed drug for a host of non-cosmetic medical conditions. In majority of these indications, it should be prescribed by a specialist, including neurologist. It can help those with Multiple Sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well as people suffering from teeth grinding, incontinence and more.
It can treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by paralysing the sweat glands. It can be used on the armpits, face, hands and feet, and in some cases will be covered by Medicare. In the underarm area, one treatment can relieve excessive sweating for more than six months and in some cases for more than a year. It wears off after about three to four months in the feet and about six months in the hands. The downside is that injections in the hands and feet can be painful.
It can also help those with bladder weakness. It’s injected into the bladder muscle, causing it to relax, increasing storage capacity and reducing incontinence. The procedure lasts between six and 12 months.
To treat chronic migraines (those that occur more than 14 days in a month), it is injected every 12 weeks around the head and neck.
Injectable ChecklistChoose a practitioner who is a qualified medical doctor – or supervised by one – to perform the procedure.
Attend a consultation before committing to the injectables, and ask for a treatment plan to outline how much work you need and how often you’ll need to return.
Consider the ongoing cost of keeping up with the treatments.
Make sure you leave several days after attending your first consultation and before getting injectables to give you time to think about your decision.