WHAT IS BOTULINUM TOXIN?
WILL IT HURT?
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The benefit of anti-wrinkle injection is that they are temporary and wear off over time making them ideal for clients who want a more natural result. The most common side effects however can be bruising and swelling which often resolves itself over a period of a few days.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO WORK?
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
WHAT SHOULD I NOT DO PRE & POST TREATMENT?
CAN BOTULINUM TOXIN MAKE MY WRINKLES WORSE?
DO I NEED A TOP UP?
ARE THERE ANY CONTRA-INDICATIONS?
DO YOU OFFER ANTI-SWEAT TREATMENTS?
WHAT IS PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT & WHEN IS BEST TO START?
CAN I HAVE TREATMENT WHILE TAKING ANTI-BIOTICS?
Botox is not shown to be affected by the majority of antibiotics that are used to fight infections, but there are certain antibiotics that should not be taken when you are expected to have the treatment.
People normally worry that antibiotics will kill off the Botox molecules which limits the results of the treatment. Antibiotics, however, are designed to tackle bacterial infections meaning that it shouldn't have any impact with the Botox as it is a protein molecule.
If you get hot within the first 48 hours of the treatment e.g. (exercise or any other blood pumping activity including sunbeds and alcohol) is a good example of how you may negatively impact the reliability of your treatment.
If you have Botox regularly e.g. every three months your Botox treatment will be less effective as your antibodies learn to fight it off. In this case your clinician will use a different brand of Botox.
Please familiarise yourself of your antibiotic if you are on them, make sure to bring this to the clinic for your consultation.
An example of a group of antibiotics that could impact your treatment are Aminoglycosides (which includes, amikacin, neomycin, kanamycin, streptomycin, lincomycin, tobramycin, gentamicin and clindamycin). If you are taking one of these antibiotics then we recommend finishing the course before you come in for your Botox.
Antibiotics in this group are known to strengthen the Botox which then brings back the wrinkles as it causes a profound effect. These antibiotics reduce neuromuscular transmission (they impact the level of messaging that the muscles send to the brain. Other examples of medication which may counteract your Botox treatment include D-penicillamine, polymyxins and cyclosporine.
Some drugs may have the opposite effect on your treatment by counteracting the results of Botox. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are the two examples of antimalarials within the aminoquinolines group. It is thought that these drugs might work to limit Botox's ability to reduce your wrinkles by restricting the effect it has on the muscles (which cause facial wrinkles)
it has been injected into.
In this case when undergoing filler treatments whilst taking antibiotics it may be possible to increase the rate that your body metabolises the filler and the product would be metabolised more quickly compared to when not taking any medication.