When Botulinum Toxin is injected into a muscle, it causes it to become weakened or inactivated. This reduces movement of muscles in these areas and, as a result, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover causing lines and wrinkles to soften or even fade away.
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is a chemical produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. It is a protein derivative of the toxin, which, when injected into a muscle causes it to become weakened or inactivated. It stops the muscle from functioning by blocking neuromuscular transmission i.e. stops the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle.
How long has Botulinum Toxin been used?
Botulinum Toxin has been used safely for over 20 years for the treatment of teret syndrome (continuous squinting of the eye). The product has been used in a variety of other therapeutic applications such as Spasmodic Neck, Writers Cramp, and Cerebral Palsy to name but a few.
How is Botulinum Toxin used for Lines and Wrinkles?
By using facial muscles repeatedly throughout our lifetime, the skin is creased in areas of greatest use. The aging process causes the slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin so that as we get older these areas of over use become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover causing the lines to soften or even fade away.
What Happens During Treatment (Botulinum Toxin)?
The process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The practitioner will ask you to use certain muscles of the face to observe how they work. An extremely fine needle is used to inject the Botulinum toxin into the appropriate area. The injections may cause some swelling and redness, which will resolve itself in 2 to 4 hours.
Is The Result Immediate?
The treatment (Botulinum Toxin) will take effect after 7 to 14 days.
How Long Will The Result Last?
The treatment (Botulinum Toxin) will last for approximately three to four months on most individual.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects of this treatment (Botulinum Toxin) are rare. Occasionally, patients may experience a temporary drooping of the eyelid. This result is very rare and will resolve itself within a few weeks. In extremely rare cases, patients can develop an allergy to the treatment or some patients may not respond to the treatment.