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Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It's the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including:
- Temporary removal of facial wrinkles
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia- a neurological disorder that causes contractions
- Blepharospasm- uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus- misaligned eyes
How does it work? Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves.
Risks of the Procedure
Side effects can include pain at the injection site, flu-like symptoms, headache and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids. You should not use Botox if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Laser treatment is fast becoming a popular non-surgical way to deal with various skin conditions. Laser treatments provide effective lasting results. These treatments sessions take various times and allow you to return to work or daily activities immediately after a session.
Is it a painful procedure? While some patients may be able to tolerate the procedure without the use of an anaesthetic, others may find the application of an anaesthetic cream (such as EMLA) helpful. A generous layer of anaesthetic cream is applied for 30-60 minutes before the procedure and can provide adequate relief from discomfort during the procedure.
Risks of the Procedure
Fortunately, the complications of laser hair removal are rare if it's done by an experienced and skilled physician. You should expect a certain degree of pain, swelling and redness after each treatment session.
Restylane is a temporary injectable that consists of a stabilized hyaluronic acid and a physiological sodium chloride solution.
How does it work? Restylane is a gel that is injected into the skin to add volume to lips and lift wrinkles and folds. Restylane consists of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body. Once in the skin, Restylane works by creating volume. Restylane can be used to smooth folds and wrinkles, enhance lips and shape facial contours. The most common areas are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and the lips, although other sites can also be treated. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct.
During treatment, crystal-clear Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted and smoothed. The procedure is simple and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the procedure, your physician may anesthetise the treatment area.
Immediately after your Restylane treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. During the first 48 hours after your treatment you will be asked not massage or rub the treated area. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first two days after the treatment. Until the actual swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing), or to extreme cold.
Restylane dissolves naturally with time, and a follow up treatment will be needed if you want to maintain the results.
Restylane, like many non-surgical procedures, does not have to be performed by a plastic surgeon, but care should be taken when choosing a clinic.