Frequently Asked Question
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When injected into the muscle it temporarily blocks the chemical signals that make the muscle contract. Only minute quantities of Botulinum toxin A are injected with only the injected muscle being affected.
- Mild to moderate
- Most common are slight bruising from the injection
A detailed list of side effects can be obtained at your consultation
- Nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines)
- Lipstick or ‘smoker’s lines’ (vertical lines around the lips)
- Marionette lines (running downwards from corners of the mouth)
- Lip enhancements and shaping
- Cheek smile lines and cheek volumisation
After all is said and done, the major issue for fillers aside from allergic reactions is one of longevity, followed by risk of migration
and lumping and ultimately the skill of the clinician in placing the right amount of filler in exactly the right place.
These are mainly related to the actual injecting and not the product itself.
When Botulinum Toxin A is injected, the toxin blocks the chemical messenger sent to your sympathetic nerves and so it does not reach the sweat glands. Without the chemical message, the glands cannot turn on the sweating. Botulinum Toxin A permanently blocks the nerve endings and so sweat cannot be produced. Within 6-12 weeks, your body starts to produce new nerve endings. These new endings can receive the message to turn those particular sweat glands on, so mild sweating returns. Within 4-12 months, all the new nerve endings have been produced and the chemical message can be received, turning all the sweat glands on again. Sweating returns to normal and the treatment has finished.
Firstly, the site of injection will be cleaned to avoid infection. Secondly, any local anaesthesia required will be administered (this is generally not necessary in the axillae). Thirdly, you will be injected with a very fine needle to introduce the Botulinum Toxin A. With hyperhidrosis under the arms (axillae), around fifteen injections are administered to each armpit, which is completed relatively quickly.
It can take up to a week for the Botulinum Toxin A to start working properly so it is important not to expect a miraculous disappearance right away. Your clinician may ask you to avoid massaging the area or putting pressure on the injection site for a few days, and to avoid strenuous activity. The site may be a little painful and small bruises can form, but these symptoms go away within a day or two.
Many patients experience muscle weakness when they have had Botulinum Toxin A, but this does wear off eventually. Some patients have experienced an increase in sweating in another part of the body.
The Botulinum Toxin A treatment can often cause flu-like symptoms, tiredness and blurred vision, possibly arm and neck ache for those who have injections in their armpits. These are all temporary symptoms and should disappear in a few days, and not everyone experiences them. There are no severely uncomfortable sensations or effects which should affect your daily life and there are rarely any complications.