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Botox FAQ

How does Botox® work? - Common Questions and FAQs

How does BOTOX® treatment work?

Years of squinting and frowning can leave lines and wrinkles like frown lines, forehead lines, and lines around the eyes. In some families, frown lines can give a worried or angry look. Our Doctor or Registered Nurse can inject BOTOX® to soften these lines without surgery. BOTOX® can also be used to relax specific facial muscles and create more pleasant facial expressions. Over time some lines can gradually smooth and new creases can be prevented from forming.


What does BOTOX® treatment involve?

BOTOX® treatment is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX® is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally, BOTOX® treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after. After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the BOTOX® treatment to begin taking effect and about 2 weeks to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your Individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your doctor will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.


How long does BOTOX® treatments last?

The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX® treatments, the effect tends to last longer.

Botox® is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes and excessive sweating under the arms.
Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your specialist if Botox is right for you. If you have side effects see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply.
For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz .
Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary.(contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units)
Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

How much does it cost?