Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin injections, is used to help relax facial muscles and make lines and wrinkles less obvious.
Produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Botox injections work by weakening certain muscles or by blocking specific nerves.
Botox is one of the most popular way to reduce facial wrinkles and the treatment can be used to reduce:
- Crows feet
- Frown lines
- Skin bands on the neck
- Forehead wrinkles or furrows
The treatment can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers or chemical peels to improve results even further.
Botox is a prescription-only medicine that should only be given by a trained doctor in a clinical environment.
During the procedure, the skin is cleaned, and a thin needle is used to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the area to be treated. Several injections are usually needed in specific muscles in the face.
Natural facial expressions are preserved by targeting only wrinkle-producing muscles.
The injections usually take less than 15 minutes and the number needed depends on the individual.
Results from the treatment usually take effect about three to five days after the procedure and it can take up to two weeks for the full effect to be seen. The results typically last for about three to twelve months.
Risks and Recovery
Although Botox injections are generally safe when performed by an experienced doctor, the risks of treatment include:
- Facial or eyelid droop
- Dry eye
- Redness or swelling
- Nausea and flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
- Bruising at the injection site
Take care not to rub the treated areas as this can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.
You should not use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, since the effects on the baby aren’t known.
No recovery time is needed for Botox and anesthesia is not required for the procedure.
Botox can be dangerous if administered incorrectly, and must be used only with a doctor’s supervision.
To maintain the results of a Botox treatment, you may need follow-up injections.
Contact us and we can determine if the procedure is suitable for you.