Common questions

The most common questions people ask Dr Wander are:

What is Botox®?
Botox® is a trade name for the botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in cosmetic medicine to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses and relaxing muscle contractions. When the muscles aren’t able to contract, wrinkles are reduced. 

What does Botox® treatment involve?
Using a fine needle, Botox® is injected into the facial muscle. The size of the needle helps to reduce discomfort and helps ensure the injection is accurate.

Does it hurt?
Not really. Fine needles are used, and most people  experience only a mild temporary discomfort. There will be a slight swelling immediately after treatment, which settles within a few hours. Some patients find the feeling similar to that of a mosquito bite.

How long do the effects of the treatment last?
The effects of Botox® usually last from four to six months. Dermal fillers may last from six to nine months.

Are there any risks?
Botox® has been used on millions of people and has an excellent safety record. There is a very slight chance of a droopy eyelid, but it is rare and resolves in a short period of time.