More and more people are turning to cosmetic doctors for rejuvenation techniques to help their face reflect the way they feel inside. One such rejuvenation technique is the BOTOX treatment. It can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause facial wrinkles.
The following information explains how BOTOX treatment works and what is involved in the treatment.
How and why do wrinkles form?
Many facial wrinkles form when we use our muscles to make facial expressions. The wrinkles formed during these expressions are called dynamic wrinkles. For example, when we smile our eye wrinkles become prominent and when we frown the vertical lines between our eyebrows become noticeable.
When we are young our skin springs back to its natural position after a facial expression, but as we get older dynamic wrinkles remain on the skin to form static wrinkles: they are wrinkles and folds that are present at rest. The process occurs because natural substances such as collagen (the major structural protein in skin), elastin (the protein that causes tissue to stretch) and hyaluronic acid (which gives skin volume) decrease with exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress all contribute to the creation of wrinkles and folds.
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What is BOTOX treatment?
BOTOX is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing muscles, creating a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient in BOTOX treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.
BOTOX is a prescription-only medicine and treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional.
How does BOTOX treatment work?
BOTOX can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them preventing undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
Upper Facial Lines
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you have had BOTOX treatment done. The result will give you a natural look and make you at least 10 years younger.
What does BOTOX treatment involve?
BOTOX treatment is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained doctor using a very fine needle. Generally, a BOTOX treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and an anaesthetic is usually not required; the injection may sting for a few seconds. Normal activities can be resumed soon after.
The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of lines. Dr. Harman Sidhu will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
How much BOTOX will I need?
Requirement for BOTOX highly depends age of the muscle and expectations of the patient. Below is an average estimation. For correct estimate, please discuss with Dr. Harman Sidhu.
How long does BOTOX treatment last?
The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX treatments, the effect tends to last longer.
Does BOTOX treatment cause more wrinkles to form?
BOTOX will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further BOTOX treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.
How quickly can I see a difference?
Within 3 days you may notice a softening in the appearance of your frown lines between your brows and it takes up to 7 days to see the full results. The area will continue to improve for up to a month.
Can BOTOX treatment be combined with other products and procedures?
Many people use a combination of cosmetic products and procedures with BOTOX. Dr. Harman Sidhu at Athena Skin & Laser Clinic will advise you as to whether or not you will receive better results with your BOTOX treatment if combined with other products or procedures.
Are there any side effects?
In the amounts used for the treatment of facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localized to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, redness at the injection site. These are all temporary side effects which will go away in 24-48 hours.
Will a treatment with BOTOX affect my skin color?
Men and women of varying ethnicities and skin types have been successfully treated with BOTOX. Because it works only on the underlying muscles, there’s no concern of it affecting your skin color or texture.
How long has BOTOX been used?
Botox is a registered trademark of Allergan Inc. USA and FDA approved for safety. BOTOX treatment has a proven 20 years safety record and effective use in millions of patients worldwide.