The most popular of all non-surgical aesthetic treatments for men, botulinum toxin injections, better known as ‘botox’ – are used to freeze the muscles of the face, preventing wrinkles from forming.
What is it?
Like ‘Hoover’ before it, ‘Botox’ is actually a brand name, and it is not the only brand around; Dysport and Xeomin (cosmetic names Azzalure and BoCouture) are also large brand names, although practitioners are unlikely to advertise which brand they have chosen to use, as the marketing of prescription-only medication to consumers is not allowed in the UK.
Toxins aren’t just used to treat wrinkles, however. Their cosmetic uses include facial slimming and neck lifting, and they can even be used to deal with the problem of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
Who is suitable?
You’d need to have a full consultation with The Clinic, where we will take your medical history, to assess your suitability for each of the individual treatments possible with botulinum toxin injections – because it is a prescription only medicine, this is legal requirement.
Some things that might prevent you from having a muscle relaxing injection include a medical history of swallowing difficulty, or certain muscular, neurological, or connective tissue problems.
What is the treatment like?
The injection technique will vary depending on what treatment you choose. The process is totally painless, although a topical local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area first.
The only licensed use for botulinum toxin is to treat the glabellar – frown – lines. This involves tiny injections to the area in between your eyebrows.
All the other cosmetic uses, although perfectly safe, are considered ‘off label’ which means that the manufacturer doesn’t have a license to market them for that purpose.
Facial slimming can be achieved by injecting botulinum toxin into the muscles of the jaw.
For a ‘neck lift’, botulinum toxin is injected into the platysmal muscles, which run down the side of the neck, as well as into the muscles of the lower face. This is a great treatment to deal with ‘turkey neck’ and can also help treat sagging jowls, as it prevents the neck muscles from pulling on the lower face.
Hyperhirosis is treated by administering 20 to 30 botulinum toxin injections to each armpit.