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Botulinum injection (BOTOX?)

What is BOTOX®?

Botox® is the botulinum toxin registered for the treatment of frown lines. However, Botox® will not radically change your appearance or make you look like you’ve had a facelift.

How BOTOX® works ?

Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions. BOTOX® relaxes the tiny muscles that cause expression lines, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. Once the muscle is relaxed, you cannot contract it and continue to make the undesirable facial expression. Thus the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new ceases are prevented from forming.
BOTOX® works on the specific areas treated. If use properly ,other muscles like those used to raise the eyebrows are not affected so a natural expression is maintained and will not “freeze” your facial expressions.  It does not remain in your body indefinitely.

What to expect from the treatment?

Your BOTOX® trained specialist will determine exactly where to use BOTOX® to achieve the desired results. If the patient is sensitive, topical anesthesia can be applied 30 minutes prior to the procedure. A tiny amount of BOTOX® is placed in selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Discomfort may be experienced – most patients describe it as an ant bite sting for a few seconds. The whole treatment usually takes around 10 minutes. Most people resume normal activities immediately. After injection, it takes 7 days for the effect to take place.

BOTOX® lasts for up to four months, depending on the individual. You can decide to repeat the procedure as you wish. The result will wear off gradually and expression lines slowly return. To maintain the effect you will require repeat injections. Studies show that with repeat BOTOX® treatment, the effect can last longer, so you may require less frequent treatment in the future to maintain the result you have come to like.

In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the most common side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. These include soreness or mild bruising, which can be covered with makeup, headache, and less commonly, you may develop a heavy eyelid lasting 1-4 weeks which your doctor may be able to treat.
Botox® is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.

Where can it be used?

Botox® is effective for men and women. Botox® is used widely for the following treatments :

  •     Frown lines between the eyebrows
  •     Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  •     Crow feet or smile lines around the eyes
  •     Neck lines
  •     Dimpling chin
  •     Underarms body odour
  •     It is also being used to lift the eyebrow and open up the eye for a more youthful appearance. Doctors have also reported good results in nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth, perioral lines (“smokers lips”) reducing neck lines and chins dimpling or creasing.