Botulinum Toxin (Type A)
My Philosophy on Botulinum Toxin (Type A)
I feel very strongly that Botulinum Toxin (Type A) should be used to enhance your natural features and appearance. Botulinum Toxin (Type A) is often linked with a “frozen”, obvious look. In my opinion, this application of Botulinum Toxin (Type A) does no favours to either the patient or the product.
After having a Botulinum Toxin (Type A) treatment at Elmwood Dental, you should look like a fresher, well rested, more relaxed version of yourself. You will not look “done”. The treatment will be subtle, yet dazzlingly effective.
Below are some of the questions frequently asked by my patients:
Q: What will Botulinum Toxin (Type A) do for me?
A: Basically Botulinum Toxin (Type A) will treat the wrinkles that form due to the over use of facial muscles. Many people try anti wrinkle creams, which fail to give the desired result. Botulinum Toxin (Type A) is the only effective way to eliminate stubborn frown lines or crow’s feet etc.
Q: Why choose Dr Caoimhe O’ Shea at Elmwood Dental
A: I am passionate about Facial Aesthetics. My interest in cosmetic dentistry and facial appearance lead very naturally into the field of anti wrinkle injections. I pride myself on achieving beautiful results every time for every patient. I have constantly kept up to date in the Facial Aesthetics area, attending many courses and hands on seminars both here and abroad.
Q: I’m not sure it is for me, can I come and have a consultation first
A: Yes, all our patients have a free consultation first. At this visit we take a complete medical history and examine the areas that concern you. Then we can give you our best clinical opinion as to what Botulinum Toxin (Type A) can achieve for you. We will answer all the questions you have and address any concerns. In some cases, a patient will not be suitable for Botulinum Toxin (Type A), and we will tell them at this visit. It also gives you a chance to meet the team and see our practice. At this visit, even if you are sure Botulinum Toxin (Type A) is for you, we recommend you go away and have a think about all the information you have been given before making a final decision.
Q: What kind of person chooses to have Botulinum Toxin (Type A)
A: Our Botulinum Toxin (Type A) patient range from mid 20’s to mid 60’s. Some are regular attendees and have been coming for years. Others attend with a special occasion in mind – maybe a bride who doesn’t want her make up to sit in creases in her skin on the big day, or a treat to oneself before a significant birthday. We treat everyone from those who want to look their best on the school run, to patients in the public eye who need to look good in photos and on TV.
Q: What areas can be treated?
A: Botulinum Toxin (Type A) is primarily used to relax muscles in the upper part of the face. If you have horizontal lines on your forehead or wrinkles in between your eyebrows, it is now possible to either eliminate or vastly reduce these using Botulinum Toxin (Type A). Also, if you are unhappy with the appearance of crow’s feet, these can also be treated.
Q: How does Botulinum Toxin (Type A) Work?
A:Botulinum Toxin (Type A) relaxes the muscles in the treated area. The skin stops being creased, allowing these lines to fade or disappear completely.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: Unwanted side effects are rare. However, in a small number of cases some drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow can occur. These episodes are of a temporary nature. Bruising and/or swelling can also sometimes occur. A full list of possible side effects is listed in your Botulinum Toxin (Type A) questionnaire when you attend the clinic.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes, absolutely. Botulinum Toxin (Type A) has been in use as a medical product since 1978. It was initially used for patient with muscular spasms, migraines etc. It is a firmly established medical product with three decades of evidence and history to support its use.
Q: Is it a toxin?
A: Yes – however, there is a difference between something being a “toxin” and being “toxic”. It is used in such small diluted doses; it is in no way toxic.
Q: How long does the appointment take?
A: Normally, the appointment where we administer Botulinum Toxin (Type A) takes 10 minutes. We take some pre treatment photos, check if you have any questions and administer the product
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Our patient constantly comment how gentle the procedure it. We use diabetic needles to administer the Botulinum Toxin (Type A), the same needles that diabetic adult and children inject themselves with every day. A slight pricking can be felt, but no more uncomfortable that having your eyebrows waxed/threaded.
Q: What can I expect afterwards?
A: The areas we have injected will be a little red for a few minutes, but this usually settles within 15 minutes. The full effects of the treatment take 10-14 days to be seen. We review every patient after 14 days to make sure they are happy and that the treatment has met their expectations.
Q: How long will it last?
A: This varies with every patient. The first time you have Botulinum Toxin (Type A), it will last approx 4 months, gradually wearing off during this time. For the first couple of years, normally treatments every 6 months are required to maintain the look and re educate the facial muscles. After this, treatments become less frequent, with some patients attending just once a year.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The initial consultation is free. Botulinum Toxin (Type A) treatment cost between €250 and €350 depending on how many areas are treated. There is no charge for the review appointment.