Looking to ward off facial lines and wrinkles that make you look sad, tired, or grumpy? Botulinum toxin is one popular and effective treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming.
This injectable is commonly used for treating dynamic wrinkles or those that are formed due to repetitive facial expressions. It can help minimize the appearance of:
- Moderate to severe frown lines (angry 11s)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Wrinkles in the corner of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Upper lip wrinkles (smoker’s lines)
How does botulinum toxin work?
It works by temporarily blocking the signal from a nerve to a muscle using a neurotoxin protein. This reduces muscle contractions that can cause lines, which softens and relaxes the wrinkles. Stilling and relaxing the muscles also causes the skin to become smoother with less noticeable wrinkles.
What are the benefits of botulinum toxin?
Apart from being a safe and effective wrinkle treatment, botulinum toxin injectables can also be used to:
● Treat early signs of aging
● Lift droopy eyebrows
● Reshape the jawline or contour the lower face when injected in the masseter muscles (used for chewing and clenching).
● Help patients who grind their teeth (bruxism)
● Treat migraines, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Is botulinum toxin safe?
Yes, there are US FDA-approved botulinum toxin brands for cosmetic use or for treating facial wrinkles. However, individuals with milk allergy (cow’s milk protein) or who have a history of botulinum toxin sensitivity, and those who are pregnant and breastfeeding
should not get the injections.
Is it only for women?
This injectable is for both men and women. In fact, many men are turning to botulinum toxin to smooth forehead lines or create a more youthful look. It is also an increasingly popular facial/cosmetic treatment for men.
Do botulinum toxin injections hurt?
The injections are quick with minimal to no pain at all. Topical anesthetic cream is also applied before the treatment, providing a numbing sensation. This makes the whole procedure tolerable and more comfortable.
How soon will I see the results?
It can take about three to four days to see the initial effects and about two weeks for the full and maximum results.
How long do the results last?
The results last between three and six months, but they can still vary from patient to patient.
What are the common side effects?
Its side effects may include redness, swelling, tenderness, headache, and bruising at the injection site. These are temporary and will resolve without intervention within a week or a couple of days.
Where can I get botulinum toxin injections?
Be sure to consult a medical aesthetic doctor who is qualified to perform a botulinum toxin injection. Having a skilled and experienced injector is important, as the wrong dosage and injection point or technique could result in negative side effects.
Contact us today to book your appointment or learn how Botulinum toxin treatments can give you a younger-looking appearance.