Botulinum Toxin is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles creating a smoothed, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. It is a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, active, persistent facial lines that develop over time.
Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions. Botulinum Toxin relaxes the tiny facial 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 creases are prevented from forming.
Botulinum Toxin works on the specific areas treated. Other muscles like those used to raise the eyebrows are not affected so a natural expression is maintained. It will not freeze your facial expression. But this effect is also dose dependent.
Anti Wrinkle Injections procedure
One ten minute treatment – a few tiny injections – relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed for four to six months.
No anesthesia is required for Botulinum toxin procedure although ice may be applied before injecting. The treatment takes about 10 minutes. A tiny amount of Botulinum toxin is placed in selected facial muscles via tiny injections using a very fine needle.
Discomfort is minimal and brief- most patients describe it as an ant bite sting for a few seconds Patient is advised not to sleep for 4 hours after the procedure, not to lift weights or massage the area.
Botulinum Toxin Injection results
After Botulinum Toxin injection it takes 2-3 days for Toxin to begin taking effect and around 7 days to see full effect.
The results are dramatic and apparent within days. For many, the Botulinum Toxin temporarily erases these lines.
The most common indications are,
> Glabellar frown lines ( Frown Lines)
> Forehead lines
> Small wrinkles around the eyes (Crow’s Feet)
Other indication for which it is being used are:
Hyperhidrosis / Excessive Sweating
In many people excessive sweating can be a cause of social embarrassment. This could be in the face, armpits, palms or soles of the feet. Multiple Botulinum Toxin injections in these areas helps block the nerves to these sweat glands thereby reducing sweat production significantly. But, this is not a permanent effect and the injections (multiple) have to be repeated every 6- 8 months.
Many women seem to have a broad lower face giving them a Square appearance to the lower jaw which is very manly. Botulinum Toxin is helpful in softening this angle by partially paralyzing the prominent Masseter muscle given the face a more rounded feminine look without the need to undergo major surgery and jaw reshaping.
But again, the procedure has to be repeated every 4-6 months.
It has been seen that over a period of time, there is remodelling of the jaw bone to more feminine contours.
This involves giving multiple injections of small doses of Botulinum toxin injections in diluted doses all over the face. This helps in facial rejuvenation producing a more even relaxed look.
- Botulinum has been widely tested with many years of safe and effective use in many patients worldwide for various medical indications.
- Botulinum Toxin is a medicine.
- Botulinum Toxin is a highly purified protein that is extracted from bacteria.
- Botulinum Toxin does not travel throughout the body and does not remain in the body indefinitely.