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Botox ®

Cape Dermatology - Skin Concerns
Botox treatment

Discover Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin is an exotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and occurs naturally in nature.

Botox (Botulinum Toxin A) is a purified protein derivative that relaxes muscles.

What It Is?

  • The simplicity and safety of Botulinum Toxin A treatments are among its most compelling attributes. Its cosmetic use demands a thorough understanding of facial muscles and the neurotoxin, as well as a sound understanding of proper injection technique.
  • The message for a muscle to contract is mediated via a chemical transmitter (messenger substance) called Acetylcholine (Ach).
  • After injecting Botulinum Toxin A, the release of Ach is blocked (“roadblock” for Ach). The muscle therefore does not contract.
  • Due to the muscle not exercising, the muscle bulk decreases over time. There is no direct damage to the muscle (or sweat gland, if done for Hyperhidrosis).
  • If injections are discontinued, the muscle action will resume over time.
  • Regular injections, however, lead to long-term gain due to the fact that the muscle becomes smaller. Botulinum Toxin A has been proven to improve the texture of overlying skin and is locally acting. Botulinum Toxin A is also an extremely effective treatment for excessive sweating (primary focal hyperhidrosis).

Who Can Use It?

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have diseases of muscular weakness (myasthenia gravis, etc.) you should not be receiving botulinum toxins.

How Often Should You Use It?

  • The normal duration is 3-4 months.
  • However, due to loss of habit and decreasing muscle bulk, the duration of action may increase over time, making less frequent treatments possible.
  • The duration for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) is longer – on average 7 months for armpits.