Looking good does wonder for the inner self. It improves your face value & builds our confidence. Medical science now makes it possible to renew our youthful appearance. Wrinkles are the primary lines of concern. They are formed on the face over time due to sun exposure, continuous muscle activity, and the aging process. These lines can often make us look tired, angry or older than we are.
Botulinum Toxin is one of the best & the most popular wrinkle reduction treatment available today.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a US FD approved natural, purified protein which relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles. Hence helps smoothen the lines and wrinkles on the forehead (Frown Lines) and around the eyes (crow’s feet). The effect lasts for 3-6 months.
Is Botulinum Toxin only for an older age group?
According to the US FDA, anybody in the age group of 18-80 yrs of age who desires to get rid of their wrinkles & have a smoother appearance can get the treatment done.
What are the indications for Botulinum Toxin?
What is the treatment like?
This procedure involves a few tiny injections of Botulinum Toxin (Botox/ Xeomin/ Dysport/ Nabota)
Is the treatment painful?
Very fine, small sterile needles are used to inject Botulinum Toxin. No anesthesia is required. he pain is minimal, often described like an ant bite sting. For those who have a low pain threshold, ice packs can be used to alleviate pain. One can resume normal activities immediately.
How long does it take to show effect?
It takes effect after 4-5 days, with a full effect only seen 2 weeks post-treatment.
How long does it last?
The effect may last for 4-6 months or longer, results vary from patient to patient. May last longer with repeated treatments. But the result will wear off progressively (not suddenly).
Will my lines worsen if I discontinue Botulinum Toxin?
No. Eventually, wrinkles will return as they were before the treatment.
What are the side effects?
No long-term side effects reported in the 20 years of use. The most common side effect is tenderness and bruising at the site of injection. Some people may have a feeling of heaviness in the head for a few hours.
Who should not use Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin should not be given to pregnant or breastfeeding women or to patients who have a neuromuscular disorder.
Is it safe?
Botulinum Toxin is a purified protein derivative of botulinum toxin A & has been used for the last 20 years safely. It is US FDA approved. It is used for the treatment of migraines. Botulinum Toxin is also approved for use in children over 2 years of age with cerebral palsy.
CAUTION: IT SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY QUALIFIED TRAINED DOCTORS ONLY.
Will I have a plastic, expressionless face after Botulinum Toxin?
No. This will happen only if too much of Botulinum Toxin is given. A qualified & trained doctor will give adequate doses of Botulinum Toxin injections just to soften the expression lines & give you a youthful appearance.
If I take Botulinum Toxin once will I have to take it for the rest of my life?
If you do not want to take a second injection after 6 months, it’s alright as there will be no tell tale signs nor will the wrinkles worsen.