Botulinum Facial Treatments
About Botulinum Toxin A
Botulinum Toxin A - the more commonly known botulinum products are all available at our clinic- all are registered medicines with New Zealand Ministry Of Health and have been used in our clinics for over 20 years. They are all absolutely brilliant, if you have a preference for the American product, German product or the British product please let us know as we can offer them all (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport).
They are most frequently used for diminishing facial expression lines, such as crow's-feet and in particular the vertical line between the eyebrows that makes a person look worried. The treatment is best done subtly and our aim is to please rather than over-do, so our clients are able to enter the public arena without looking "overdone". The positive feedback from clients having had this treatment is overwhelming. There has been very good coverage by the glossy magazines and it is widely known that with the correct administration, Botulinum Toxin A treatments give great results.
Basically, what does it do?
In simple terms, when Botulinum Toxin A is injected into the muscle, it causes the muscle to relax so it can no longer contract. Wrinkles are caused by the repetitive creasing of the skin, such as that of the vertical frown line caused from repetitive frowning or squinting. This wrinkling in the glabellar area is associated with anger, anxiety and sadness, all negative emotions. This is certainly one muscle and emotional expression that anyone can do without. The objective of this treatment is to weaken or relax this tiny muscle and hence reduce the crease making you look serene and relaxed. It also placed strategically to reduce the size of large muscle mass like the masseters to slim the facial outline.
Botox can be used:
- To soften/prevent facial wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines
- Larger doses are used to slim down the lower jaw muscles
- For blepharospasm (a nervous eye tick)
- For neck muscle spasms
- Headaches, post concessional headaches and migraines.
- Reduce under-arm sweating for those who suffer from excessive sweating
- Small amounts (microdrops) are often used for a pan-facial treatment to achieve smoother skin all over. This doesn't cost the earth but works very well with some stunning results following repeat treatments and is nearly risk free.
- More men are using this treatment (Bro-Tox!) as recovery is quick and the effects are youth enhancing without being too noticeable.
Does it hurt?
Discomfort from the injections is really negligible and has now been lessened by the use of preserved saline in the administered mixture. The preservation contains benzyl alcohol which prevents the sting.
How often do you need to get the treatment?
The Botulinum Toxin A works for around 4-6 months, but may vary depending on the person and amounts used.
"We guarantee our Botulinum products- we use only the freshest product and would offer any client further treatment if they have not achieved the desired result within 2 weeks of their treatment."
After four or more treatments the length of time between the frown treatments increases as each session appears to be cumulative. It may be that this treatment allows you to lose or unlearn the urge to frown as after several treatments there appears to be some permanent effect.
The cost starts from as little as $200 for the frown. Subtle small enhancements are often preferable to large doses performed in one session. We are often asked our price per unit- but we really do NOT sell per unit - if we did our cheapest price per unit is $3 per unit and this is used when treating underarms sweating with large volumes. But the answer to the price per unit question is complex as we use all 3 different registered-in-New Zealand medicines (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) and they all have some advantage- please ask at the time which will suit your needs. Our aim is to give you the best experience at our clinic.
Transform prices are reviewed frequently and are highly competitive with the neighbouring clinics. You will be given an idea of initial and maintenance costs at the time of consultation. But please be reassured that you are in professional and experienced hands and that there is an in-house doctor available.
Microtox airbrush treatment
This is our latest treatment for giving a glowing fresh look to tired skin. The treatment involves a combination of the injectable moisturising filler Teosyal Redensity I (as in the Beauty Booster gun) and botulinum, which is administered in tiny doses sprinkled all over the full face and neck. This treatment is gives a beautiful photo-finish appearance to the skin and also helps reduce redness, pores and facial sweating too.
Cost depends on the volume used but experts suggest a botulinum dose with 3mls of filler and we have an excellent price of $1100 for this generous amount of product.
It takes only around 30 minutes and recovery time is easy: most clients are comfortable enough to resume normal social interactions but there can be some initial blemishes for the first couple of days. This is a fantastic treatment a week or two out from a special event.
The treatment can be repeated for fuller results if desired: with standard Beauty boosters HA to augment the quality of the skin and for results that last up to 12 months.
These are unregistered uses of this medicine and need further evaluation but for your interest please read on. The main area treated cosmetically has been the upper third of the face.
Botulinum and Mental depression.
Botulinum toxin is commonly used to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralysing facial muscles. But according to some studies, it can also be used to treat depression. Charles Darwin said: “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies it. On the other hand, the repression, as far as is this is possible, of all outward signs, softens our emotions.” In other words, facial activity can have an effect on emotions. Darwin argued that smiling makes a person feel better, rather than smiling being simply the result of feeling good. On the other hand, frowning will make you feel sad. Some studies have tested the hypothesis that Botulinum toxin can help with these aspects of emotional processing. The first study was published in 2006 in the Journal of Dermatological Surgery by Eric Finzi, a dermatologist and face expert who first came up with the idea of using Botulinum toxin to treat depression. His own mother suffered from depression and whilst painting portraits of women who were institutionalised in France, he saw the resemblance between the unhappy faces of these women and that of his mother. As a result, Finzi wondered about the connection between expression and feeling – particularly between expression and depression. He considered whether medically preventing sad expressions will in fact prevent sad feelings. He also thought about Darwin’s facial feedback hypothesis concerning emotions not being as strong or not persisting for long if you’re not expressing those feelings on your face. In 2003, Finzi tested the facial feedback hypothesis together with depression treatment. He treated several people suffering from depression with Botulinum toxin, paralysing their eyebrow muscles that create expressions of sadness, anger and fear. The result was that 9 out of the 10 patients studied reported a complete remission of their depression, providing proof for Finzi’s theory that paralysing the eyebrows would help eliminate or decrease depression.
In a second study, researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that using Botox to treat facial muscles involved in emotion helps to alleviate depressive symptoms. For patients who received Botox treatment for glabellar frown lines, their mood became more positive.
Another study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in May 2014, was randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled. The 30 patients studied had major depression and were resistant to antidepressant medications. Those in the treatment group were given a dose (which consisted of five injections) of Botox in their eyebrow area, while members of the control group were given saline placebo injections. For the treatment group, depressive symptoms decreased by 47.1% (according to the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale) after six weeks, and it stayed this way for the rest of the 16-week study period. For the placebo group, there was only a 9.2% reduction in symptoms.
The study showed that treating facial muscles with Botulinum toxin interrupts the facial feedback to the brain, which in turn prevents the facial muscles from registering negative emotions. It supports the idea that facial muscles not only express mood states, but they also regulate them. This is a good thing for people who are resistant to antidepressants, making Botulinum toxin an effective and economical tool for the treatment of major depression.
Fortunately, these studies have supported Darwin’s facial feedback hypothesis, meaning that there is now a new, much-needed and welcomed treatment for depression.
Warning: Botulinum toxins are Prescription Medicines containing clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. The registered use is for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated "crows feet" around the eyes. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to us, or your own doctor. Note: Botulinum toxin treatment lasts pharmacologically for about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to us about your own situation and full explanation of risks need to be understood prior to treatment.