Did you know the proper facts about botox? Dr Maurizio and Dr Roberto Viel, plastic surgeons for over twenty years based on London’s Harley Street and Dubai’s Healthcare City give us the truth about what is involved.
- Other names: Botox (Vistabel), Dysport, Myobloc.
- How does botox work? Botulinum toxin is a purified protein that blocks the nerve signal from the brain to the nerve endings (that tell you to frown). Injecting botulinum into the skin effectively paralyses the muscles, so wrinkles, lines and furrows don’t have the strength to contract and simply have to smooth out.
- What’s is botox good for? Crow’s feet, forehead lines, lines around the mouth, upper lip lines, neck wrinkles, deep lines in the face, dimpling on the chin, lines on the chest.
- What happens? Botulinum toxin(botox) is injected into the problematic areas using a very fine needle. You may require several injections, depending on the extent of the problem. The treatment will be performed by Dr Maurizio Viel or Dr Roberto Viel at the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery on London’s Harley Street or Dubai’s Healthcare City.
- How does the botox treatment feel? You will feel pinpricks but it isn’t really painful.
- How long does the botox treatment take? From ten to twenty minutes.
- How long before it heals? Immediately. You can go straight back to your life.
- When will I see results? Between one and three days after treatment.
- How long will it last? Up to six months (though can be less). After this the benefits continue in a modified form, as wrinkles relax and lines may simply diminish. However, for best results, you should return for top-ups at regular intervals.
- Any side effects? Botulinum is very safe. In rare cases, redness, swelling, bruising and numbness may occur initially. Headaches may happen. Very rare side effects include drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow (ptosis), frozen face syndrome, where you can no longer use your face expressively (this usually occurs only if you have a lot of injections in different sites around your face); the wrong muscle could be paralysed (but remember, botulinum is not a permanent treatment so the effect would be temporary).
- Contraindications? Not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Botulinum is not suitable for people taking muscles relaxants (see your surgeon). You should avoid other procedures (micro-current, laser treatment, microdermabrasion etc.) for a week after treatment.
- Most suitable age to have it? Thirties.
- Cost? Low.
We say: have lines when such a simple, effective procedure can get rid of them?
For more information about the botox treaatment or to book a plastic surgery consultation with Dr Maurizio Viel or Dr Roberto Viel please find the clinics’ details listed below. Dr Maurizio Viel also sees patients at the Atlantis Hotel.
Tel: +971 4 375 2393
Tel: +44 207 636 4272