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Thinking about Botox® or fillers? Do your homework.
Skin Institute
December 1, 2015

Botox® or Botulinum has been in the appearance medicine cabinet for over 30 years now, with no reported long term side effects. It’s used extensively and successfully to smooth wrinkles and give a fresher, younger looking complexion.

Interestingly, it’s also used to treat a number of medical conditions like severe migraine, bruxism (teeth grinding), excessive sweating, over-active bladders and Cerebral Palsy.

Botox® works because it relaxes the muscles in the targeted area, so you can no longer contract them. Fillers work to plump and restore volume to the area, creating a more youthful appearance.

Whether you’re interested in Botox® for your frown line or crows feet, or fillers to turn back the clock, it makes sense to research what it’s all about.


Who should you trust?                                   

Only a registered nurse or doctor should inject Botox® or fillers of any kind. At Skin Institute, in addition to this level of qualification, every practitioner administering Botox must also complete our bespoke CANSI (Certificate in Aesthetic Nursing Training Programme) one year diploma to meet our internal training standards.


What is involved?

At Skin Institute, we always consult before treating. We offer a free 15 minute consultation before all Appearance Medicine treatments including Botox® and fillers. Botox® is injected into the agreed areas with a very fine needle. Ice or numbing cream can be applied prior if you wish but most clients find this unnecessary. Read all about one woman’s experience as she fact-finds during a free cosmetic consultation at Skin Institute.


Will it hurt?

Most people experience no discomfort at all, but some find certain areas to be a little sensitive. On the whole, the skin on the forehead and between the eyes tends to be less sensitive than that around the lips, for instance.


Are there any side effects?

There are, but they are very rare. These can include  headaches, bruising or in very infrequent cases lid or brow ptosis. That’s why you should always seek treatment from a professional and listen to the post-treatment advice you’ll be given during your injectible session. For example, depending on the volume of the injectibles, you may be advised not to do strenuous exercise for a week after treatment. Some fillers may cause site redness, swelling and tenderness. Avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


How much will it cost?

At Skin Institute, Botox® is charged per unit. After an initial assessment, you’ll have an idea of how many units you will need. Examples vary, however the frown area may take up to 20 units, with each unit costing around NZ $18.50.


The benefits

Used on problem areas like crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines and furrowed skin around the mouth to name a few, Botox® is an effective anti-wrinkle agent. In a nutshell, it works. Although effects do wear off after 3-6 months, recent articles in M2 Woman and Simply You Magazine have highlighted the before and after success of such a simple, safely administered injectible. Check out our website for photographic evidence and more details on fillers and the variety on offer.


How can Botox® help with teeth grinding?

In 2012, independent studies discovered that Botox® injections into the muscles of the jaw and its surrounds could help to control a common problem; bruxism or tooth grinding. Chronic tooth-grinders who received botox® injections reported relief from many of their symptoms.


Botox® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated “crows feet” around the eyes. It should be administered by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. 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 your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland. Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation. TAPS NA 4049.

If you’re interested in Botox® or fillers, you can trust the professionals at Skin Institute. Book now for a free consultation.

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