Botulinum Toxin (Botox®)
Botox can be used to soften frown lines while remaining natural in appearance.
What is Botulinum toxin?
Our facial expressions change as we contract or relax our muscles. By blocking the transmission of chemical signals from nerves to muscles, botulinum toxin effectively weakens the movement of local muscles for a temporary period. Botulinum toxin used in cosmetic therapy is a protein derivative of the naturally occurring chemical produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
How long does Botox last?
Botox reversibly inhibits muscle movement, deleted text and maintenance treatments are required to sustain the result. Typically treatment begins to take effect after approximately four days, with good results obtained within two weeks. Results last from three to six months, tending to last longer with regular repeated treatment.
How long has Botox® been used?
As long ago as 1978, Botox was used as a treatment for eye patients with overactive eye muscles causing squints. Since then, it has been used for numerous conditions, and in recent times has become a widespread, effective treatment in cosmetic circles.
Is Botox® safe?
Botox has a very high margin of safety. Side effects are uncommon. These include bruising, swelling, temporary headache and rash.
If Botox migrates to unwanted sites it can cause weakness and drooping ofthe eyebrow or eyelid, or facial asymmetry. This is very rare.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding treatment is not recommended. It is best to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications within 24 hours of treatment to minimise bruising, as well as excessive alcohol intake and strenuous exercise.
What results should I expect?
The aim of Botox is to improve the dynamic lines of the face – i.e. the lines which occur on facial expression. Frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet are most commonly treated.
As every individual is unique, the response to initial treatment can vary. A record will be kept of the treatment given and doses can be adjusted accordingly at future visits.
Although definitive results will be seen even after only one treatment, regular botox over a period of 12-18 months will most successfully help to iron out those creases.
What happens during the treatment?
After discussing your expectations, and determining whether this is a suitable treatment for you, the area to be treated will be cleaned with an antiseptic wipe. Then, using a very fine needle and disposable syringe, small amounts of Botox will be injected.
Most patients find that the injections cause only a little discomfort, as the needles used are very fine and the treatment is quick.
It is not uncommon for teeth to become stained and discoloured with age – a problem exacerbated by our diets and lifestyle, particularly smoking, red wine and coffee. Teeth whitening can be a really effective means of lightening the colour of your teeth by several shades.
At Lander we use at-home whitening trays. These are plastic tooth covers moulded by your dentist from an impression of your teeth taken in the surgery. In the comfort of your own home you will be required to place a small amount specially formulated bleach solution into each tray and wear for up to several hours a day over a period of weeks, as prescribed by your clinician.
We have found users to be thrilled at the effectiveness and convenience of this treatment. If you have tried over-the-counter products and been disappointed, rest assured that the high-quality trays that Lander clinicians create individually for you are in a different league.
Tooth whitening lasts for six-months to a year, depending on the types of foods you eat, your dental hygiene routine and your lifestyle. It is a fantastic low-impact method for helping you feel more confident about your smile, making it look whiter, brighter and significantly rejuvenated.