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Cathedral Medical Group
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1XT

Telephone: 01243 813 450
Fax: 01243 813 474
Aesthetics: 01243 813457

Email: cathedralmedical@nhs.net

Botox/Dysport©


Used for the treatment of frown lines, crows feet, marionette lines, hyperhydrosis (excessive armpit sweating), migraine/tension headache.

 

How does Botox/Dysport© work?


Botox/Dysport© relaxes the muscle movement by preventing the release of neurotransmitters from the nerve ending. This then decreases fine lines and wrinkles.  Muscle weakness is first noted at 24-48 hours after the injection, peaking at 1-2 weeks.  The nerve will eventually re-grow and re-establish the connection.  The treatment usually lasts for about 4-7 months and initially re-injection is suggested every 3-4 months to keep the muscle paralysed and allows the furrows to smooth out completely.  Once the area is smooth treatments are usually less frequently required. 


Is the treatment safe?


The safety records is well established and Botox has been used for medical treatments for over 20 years with few side effects.  Complications are generally minor and transient bruising may occur at the injection site with brief pain or headache.  This may be worse if you are taking blood thinning medication such as aspirin.  Transient drooping of the eyelid is the most significant, but this generally resolves within two weeks.  Eye drops may alleviate the symptoms.

 

Is it painful?


Tiny needles are used and if required a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to minimise any discomfort.

 

Who should not use Botox?


Ladies planning a pregnancy, who are pregnant or breast feeding. Patients with a neuromuscular disease i.e. MS or if you are taking certain medications.


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