(a) Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits)
Botulinum toxin is licenced in the UK to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits). The area is treated with 20 injections, which block the nerve supply to the sweat glands to prevent them from producing sweat. Although there is no cure for hyperhidrosis, treatment with Botox will usually last for 5-6 months so patients typically require only 1-2 sessions per year. You can expect the procedure to take 30-45 minutes and patients should allow up to a week for onset of results.
(b) Non-surgical neck lift (“Nefertiti neck lift”)
The “Nefertiti neck lift “is a relatively new procedure that involves placing multiple injections of botulinum toxin along the lower jawline as well as down the side of the neck along the platysmal band muscle. Patients can expect to notice a smoother, toned neck and lifted jawline, akin to the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti who continues to be admired for her bone structure today. Results are promising with patients achieving around a 15-20% ‘upward lifting effect’, nonetheless it should not be considered as a “facelift in a bottle”. Patients should allow 4 weeks for onset of results and treatment will need to be repeated every 3-4 months.
(c) Wide set Jaw/Bruxism
Botulinum toxin can be injected into the masseter muscle (the ‘chewing’ muscles) to reduce its size and improve facial proportions. In addition, injecting this muscle is an effective treatment for bruxism characterised by excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Patients should allow up to 6 weeks to notice a difference and the treatment typically lasts around 6 months.