A beginners guide to Botox®

Botox Caci


What’s the science behind Botox® – what is involved and what does it do?
Botox® has been used in over 20 million treatments worldwide, and holds a robust safety and efficacy profile. It has been extensively researched and is precise and predictable in the way that it works. The active ingredient in Botox® is made in much the same way that Penicillin is. This natural purified protein is used to temporarily relax the wrinkle-causing muscles

It’s a toxin – so is it safe to put in my face? How long has it been around?
Botulinum toxin type A, better known as Botox® is a highly purified protein. Its safety profile is well established, and has been used for over 20 years, and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide.

On which areas of the face and body can Botox® be used? Are there any less conventional uses for Botox? (eg. to help with sweating, teeth grinding)
The most commonly treated areas are forehead lines, frown lines, and crow's feet around the eyes. We can also treat the masseters (jaw muscles) to help shape the contour of your face as well as aid in the prevention of teeth clenching.  
Botox® is also used to treat Hyperhidrosis, a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably, which works by blocking the chemicals that turn on the sweat glands.

At what age should I start thinking about Botox®? Is there such a thing as ‘preventative’ Botox®? If I start to treat an area before ageing kicks in, will it help to prevent wrinkles forming there?
It’s easier to prevent wrinkles, than to try and correct them later, so treating areas before lines and wrinkles develop, helps to relax the active muscles before allowing possible wrinkles to form. If you’re concerned with lines and wrinkles, then an appropriate time to start considering Botox® is at the time fine lines remain visible at rest.

If I have an event or wedding to prepare for, what is the optimum time to have my Botox® treatment done?
Generally people will start to see results within the first week of their treatment, and it can take from 10-14 days for full results to be visible.
For a refreshed, wrinkle reduced look on your wedding day or for that special event, having Botox® treatments at least 1 month prior can soften lines and wrinkles with results lasting up to 3 to 4 months.

How many units/injections are typically used in each area? Which areas usually require more attention?
With cosmetic injectable treatments, our goal is to bring out the best version of you…it’s all about enhancing, refreshing and rejuvenating. At Caci, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to softening lines and wrinkles. Our priority is to get the best result for you.

How long does a typical treatment take? Can I go in my lunch break?
Yes, of course! The treatment is quick and simple, and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, there is no down time, and no anaesthesia required.  

What will I look like right after the treatment? What will I look like the day after? Will people be able to tell?
You may notice some redness which will subside over approximately 15-20 minutes, and some people may experience a minor headache or bruising. If it’s your first treatment, you might have a ‘tight’ feeling or a sort of ‘heavy’ sensation (particularly with the forehead lines), this should subside within a week or so. If you do have some redness or slight bruising, a dusting of power mineral makeup will quickly correct this. 

Does it hurt? What does it feel like?
Most customers describe it as a small pin prick or scratch. The needles used are very small and fine.

How much does it cost? Do you charge by unit or area?
We work with you to ensure we’re addressing your concerns, and the number of units of Botox® required to provide you with a more refreshed appearance.  
This investment starts from around $22 per week and will depend on how many areas you are having treated and what your concerns are. 
At Caci we aim to make all our services affordable and have interest free payment plans to allow you to spread the cost of treatments throughout the year.  As an added bonus, all of our treatment plans come with extra 'treats' such as free facials and discounts on beauty services and skincare.

How often will I need it? Do results vary each time?
The results of Botox® differ between people, but in general, results can last 3-4 months.
Generally most people will start to see a gradual return of movement after about 3 months. We recommend booking a review and follow up treatment, to ensure you’re getting the best possible results. 
Regular Botox® treatments can help improve the longevity of the treatments effects. In addition, regular treatment may help reduce static wrinkles (those present even when your face is at rest).

What are the risks or side effects?
Most people will have little to minor side effects, after the treatment. Possible side effects include pain, redness, bruising, swelling, and stinging, which should only last approximately 15-20 minutes. Some people may experience a minor headache. 

As much as a Botox® expert can take every care not to hit blood vessels, bruising can realistically happen. What is the best way to cover these and heal them as quickly as possible?
Botox® bruises tend to be small and short lived. If a bruise were to occur, the best way to manage this would be with Hirdoid cream...and a good concealer until the bruise has subsided.

Can the effects of Botox® be reversed? How long does it take to wear off?
The effects of Botox® can last between 3 and 4 months, after this time, you will notice the movement in the area will return. 

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Botox® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50,100 or 200 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection.  It is used for the treatment of frown lines, crows feet and horizontal forehead lines.  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. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure or if you have concerns or side effects. 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”. A charge applies. You will need to pay for treatment. Allergan, Auckland