Wrinkles relating to muscle movement can be prominent on the forehead, around the eyes as well as sides of the nose and neck. Botulinum Toxin works by weakening the muscle activity, thus reducing the wrinkles.
Botox & Fillers
Botulinum Toxins (Botox and others)
Botox® and Xeomin® are trade names for Botulinum Toxin, which is a toxin that paralyses muscles. It was initially used in the 1970s for treating patients with hyperactive muscles around the eyes. Currently, it is widely used for cosmetic reasons, such as wrinkle reduction and medical conditions related to dysfunction of muscles.
How is the treatment performed?
A detailed assessment of the facial wrinkles is carried out to determine the exact areas (muscles) that require the injection. Botulinum Toxin is then injected into the required muscles using a tiny micro needle. Injected muscles are paralysed in about 2 to 3 days while untreated areas continue to work as normal.
Is the treatment painful?
The needle used is very fine and, as very small quantities are injected, the pain is minimal and, therefore, no anaesthetic is required. You may experience some discomfort in the treated area immediately after treatment. You can resume normal activities immediately.
What are the side effects?
Botox is injected in tiny quantities and is very safe. The most common side effects are localised bruising, slight redness of the skin and, occasionally, slight swelling at the injection site. The side effects of Botox are completely reversible and are temporary, lasting only a few hours and occasionally up to 1 or 2 days.
How long does the treatment last?
The effects of Botox usually last for 3 to 4 months. The effects fade gradually, at which point wrinkling begins to reappear and you may return for renewed treatment. Generally, with repeated injections, the effects last longer and the frequency of injections diminishes. The duration of effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective in older people.
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