The great thing about anti-wrinkle treatments is it definitely works. If you are concerned about wrinkles appearing, then anti-wrinkle injectables have been shown to reduce them. *Results may vary per patient.
At Horizon Plastic Surgery you will be injected by the Aesthetic Nurse or your Plastic Surgeon.
Botulinum toxin type A comes from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria that has been diluted and sterilised in order to be appropriate for medical use. It has been used since 1977 for a wide variety of medical uses and has a long and proven safety track record. It works by paralysing specific muscles which are targeted by a tiny needle through the skin. It takes between 3-14 days to get the full effect and will last 3-4 months.
Unfortunately having a one off injection is of no benefit in the long term. For reduction of established wrinkles the use will need to be continued. In longer term users the duration of action is longer and up to 6 months.
The most common areas it is used in are –
- Frown lines (glabella)
- Transverse Forehead wrinkles
- Wrinkles around the eyes (Crows feet)
- Transverse wrinkles across the nose (Bunny scrunch)
But it has many other uses including injections under the eyebrows to give a subtle brow lift and into the masseter chewing muscle in order to soften a square jaw.
The risks include bruising and if the toxin travels it can produce unwanted effects such as drooping of the eyelids. Any unwanted effects will be temporary however it will last for the duration of the paralysis. It is important not to have any facial treatments or massage within the first 10 days after a botox injection.
For any historical buffs the history behind it is fascinating and here is a link to Wikipedia.