BOTOX® Is One of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures worldwide.
More and more people
Are turning to cosmetic Doctors for rejuvenation techniques, to help their face reflect the way they feel on the inside. One such rejuvenation technique is BOTOX® treatment. It can be used to relax the specific facial muscles that cause upper facial lines (crow’s feet, forehead and glabellar frown lines) to form. The following information explains how BOTOX® treatment works and what is involved with the treatment.
How and why do wrinkles form?
Many facial wrinkles occur when we use our muscles to form 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 initial position after facial expression, but as we get older dynamic wrinkles remain on the skin to form static wrinkles; these are the wrinkles and folds that are present at rest. This process occurs because natural substances such as collagen (the major structural protein in the skin), elastin (the protein that causes tissue to stretch) and hyaluronic acid (which gives skin volume) decrease with age. This, together with environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress all contribute to the creation of wrinkles and folds.
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. It is registered for the treatment of crow’s feet (the lines that radiate from the corner of your eye when you smile or squint), forehead lines (the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows) and glabellar frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown).
How does BOTOX® treatment work?
BOTOX® can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
What does BOTOX® treatment involve?
BOTOX® is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of BOTOX® is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally, BOTOX® treatment takes around 15 minutes depending on how many areas you would like treated. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.
After the injection, it takes 2 -3 days for the BOTOX® treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your doctor will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
How long does BOTOX® treatment last?
The effect can last up to 3-4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat BOTOX® treatments, the effect tends to last longer. Time between treatments will vary from one individual to another, and some clients using BOTOX® regulary overtime can enjoy up to 6 months between treatments.
Does BOTOX® treatment cause more wrinkles to form?
BOTOX® works by blocking receptors on to relax select facial muscles to smooth etched or unwanted 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.
Will facial expression be affected by BOTOX® treatment?
BOTOX® works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected by the BOTOX® treatment. Your trained medical professional will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
Are there any side effects?
In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, BOTOX® treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of other therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and axillary hyperhidrosis (to treat excessive underarm sweating).
In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, rarely local muscle weakness including eyelid/eyebrow droop, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, itchiness, nausea and flu like symptoms.
How long has BOTOX® been used?
BOTOX® treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first approved for use in Australia for movement disorders (eye & face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.
Can BOTOX® treatment be combined with other products and procedures?
Yes, many people use a combination of cosmetic products and/or procedures with BOTOX®. Mills Appearance offers a full range of highest quality clinically proven, Dermal Fillers and Specialist Dr only skin care. BOTOX® treatment is used on its own or can be combined with other procedures or products to give optimal results.
At Mills Appearance we can advise you on the best way to achieve this.
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: People with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation.
Possible side effects include headaches, injection site pain/burning/stinging/bruising/swelling/redness, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, eyelid swelling, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply.
Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.