Botullinum toxin is best known as botox, the injectable treatment to smooth facial lines and wrinkles. However, that is just one of the many uses for the medicine. Botox has now been licenced by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) for treating overactive bladder problems.
Incontinence is a problem that affects up to 1 in 5 UK adults, who need to use the toilet frequently and with little warning.
Where other treatment methods have been ineffective, women may now be offered botox injections into the bladder. The injections work to ‘relax’ the bladder muscles and prevent them from squeezing when they shouldn’t so that patients can go for longer between toilet trips. This treatment has been shown to have remarkable success in treating the problem for several months at a time, at which point treatment can be repeated.
Botox works in the same way when used for anti-ageing skin treatment – the botullinum toxin medicine relaxes the fine dynamic facial muscles so that they contract less and skin is able to drape more smoothly over the surface of the skin, presenting fewer lines and wrinkles.
Again, the effect is only temporary and patients must repeat treatment every few months in order to maintain the benefit.
For botox bladder injections, patients are advised to visit their GP, who will establish any underlying causes of the problem. Pelvic floor exercises are usually tried before recourse to botox.
For botox anti-ageing treatment, patients are advised to choose a well-established clinic and ensure that their treatment is correctly prescribed by a doctor.
At Clinicbe based in Knightsbridge, all injectable treatments are prescribed and administered by Dr Barbara Kubicka. The clinic also offer facial fillers as well as mesotherapy and dermaroller and new IPL laser technology for a wide range of skin complaints.
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