Experts share their views about Botox’s more unusual uses
Want to stop armpit sweats? Are your gums overshadowing your teeth? Jenny Hewett talks to an expert about Botox’s more unusual uses.
For those not wanting to make the lifelong commitment to cosmetic surgery, a clinic in Dubai now offers a temporary yet equally effective option for people wanting to alter their appearance. According to Dr Hala Fadhli of the Dr Hala Fadhli Clinic in Umm Suqeim, the non-surgical nose job involves the use of fillers and Botox to alter the shape of the nose, with little pain and immediate results that last for up to a year, with prices from Dhs3,000.
‘There are people who are not 100 percent emotionally and physically ready to undergo surgery and want to take the idea of a new nose for a test run,’ she says. ‘They can do this procedure to decide if a nose job is right for them to begin with. It can fix dents, bumps, sideways deviations, raise the nasal tip and also contour irregularities to restore a more symmetric look to your nose,’ adds Dr Hala. ‘The end result is that your nose will look more proportional and smaller in your facial frame.’
Dr Maurizio Viel of London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai however reveals that much care must be taken with this type of procedure. ‘It’s a delicate and dangerous area and you need to inject a small amount of filler. Also you can’t inject the material into any vein because it could potentially cause some severe complications.’ Here, he gives us the downlow on other less obvious procedures involving Botox in Dubai.
Migraines and headaches ‘We don’t know exactly how it works, but Botox has been clinically proven to reduce the severity and the frequency of the attack of the migraine,’ says Dr Maurizio. ‘You inject it high on the forehead and then onto the back of the head. Usually the patient will continue the treatment every four months after that because they see such a benefit from it. In a month we see maybe about ten patients that come to the clinic solely for migraines.’ Starting price: Dhs1,800.
Excessive sweating ‘This is a very effective treatment. Because the area is much wider, the effects can last for up to a year,’ says Dr Maurizio. ‘The Botox interferes with the muscles and the glands that secrete sweat and this muscle is much smaller and more sensitive to the Botox. For people who cannot control severe sweating with a normal antiperspirant, this is the treatment of choice for them. It stops the sweating on the armpit altogether.’ Starting price: Dhs4,500.
Non-surgical breast lift ‘Personally, I don’t think it works very well and we don’t offer this treatment at the surgery. The breast is quite a large area and it has a certain weight, you cannot just lift the breast tissue by injecting Botox there,’ says Dr Maurizio. You may be able to give a little small contraction in the muscles, but it is really not enough to be able to lift a 500g or 300g breast.’
Lower face and neck lift ‘Some women have quite noticeable platysma bands or cords on their necks and you can inject Botox there and they will disappear,’ says Dr Maurizio. ‘This is only for women who are very skinny as when you have a good amount of fat on the neck you don’t see them. The results then last for approximately four months. You can also inject Botox on the corners of the jawbone to reduce the size and narrow the width of the jaw. It’s good for people with a very square jaw. You can add that together with an injection on the border of the jawline and on the corner of the mouth to lift the lower face.’ Starting price: Dhs1,800.
Gummy smile If your smile reveals too much of the upper gum tissue and is overshadowing your pearly whites, Botox can help balance it all out, apparently. ‘We inject Botox on the top of the lip and actually lower the upper lip to help disguise a gummy smile. It’s a simple procedure that only takes about ten minutes.’ Starting price: Dhs1,400. Dr Hala Fadli’s Clinic, Villa 929, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 346 5542). London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery Dubai, Dubai Healthcare City (04 375 2393).
Botox and fillers: what’s the difference?
‘A filler, as the word suggests, fills up deep lines, furrows or dents,’ says Dr Maurizio. ‘You add volume with a filler. It’s made with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural chemical found in our bodies. There is an antidote, an enzyme that digests the hyaluronic acid, so if we make a mistake or you don’t like the results, you can inject this enzyme and it will dissolve the fillers and will disappear straight away,’ he says.
‘Botox is a toxin that paralyses the muscles, so by injecting it in a certain muscle group you can change the shape of the muscle and stop the movement. We always apply some small topical anaesthetic cream to make the procedure less painful. There is a certain degree of discomfort, but not much.’