The Brow Clinic offers the following approved therapeutic uses for botulinum toxin:
- Glabellar Lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
- Canthal Lines (Crows feet)
- Severe Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
BOTOX, AZZALURE, Vistabel & Bocouture are brand names for Botulinum Toxin A.
Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin.It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
When injected in extremely small concentrations Botulinum toxin works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, therefore paralyzing them.
In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. This messenger attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of the chemical messenger, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become less stiff.
The best candidates for BOTOX treatment are people who are healthy, with no history of neuromuscular diseases, who are not pregnant or nursing and who are between the ages of 25 and 65 years old. A consultation will be able to advice on each individual case.