What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum Toxin is an injectable treatment derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, it can cause a form of muscle paralysis known as botulism. It is used in aesthetic practices in microdoses to treat and prevent the formation of dynamic lines and wrinkles.
How is the procedure done?
A few drops of Botulinum Toxin are injected with a tiny needle into the target muscles, blocking the nerve impulses that cause the contractions. As the stimulation to the muscle weakens, the lines gradually soften, giving you a more refreshed, relaxed, highly natural looking appearance. The procedure is so quick and simple that clients often have it done during their lunch hour.
How long does Botulinum Toxin last?
The actual treatment only takes only a few minutes and the Botulinum Toxin takes effect in three to four days, while maximum results are achieved in 7 to 10 days. Over the course of 3 to 6 months, the effects will gradually fade and the muscle action will return.
When the lines start to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result.
Are there any side effects?
Botulinum Toxin is very safe, long before it was approved for cosmetic use, it has established over 10 years of safety data for the treatment of ophthalmic disorders.
It has also been approved for the treatment of a number of debilitating conditions such as adult spasticity, cervical dystonia, migraines and juvenile cerebral palsy.
It is also effective as a temporary treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Botulinum Toxin FOR LINES AND CREASES
When we frown, blink or squint, we gather tissue into a fold which can cause a chronic crease in our skin. This results in crow's feet, forehead wrinkles and frown lines. Botulinum Toxin blocks nerve impulses to muscles, causing relaxation. Because certain muscles are used when twitching or frowning, injecting these muscles with minute doses of Botulinum Toxin stops the action. Once a muscle action has been relaxed, existing creases fade and further ones are prevented.
This treatment also shows remarkable results in brow elevation. It can widen the eye area and give you an open, refreshed appearance. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, anesthetic ointment may be used to numb the discomfort of Botulinum Toxin treatment. The procedure takes minutes to perform and the effect usually takes just days to become apparent. To prevent lines from reappearing, a simple touch-up treatment two to three times a year is recommended.
Botulinum Toxin FOR FACIAL CONTOURING
Most women consider a square jaw to be rather severe and masculine. Chewing on foods such as dried squid or gum or teeth grinding can result in overdeveloped muscles in the jawline. This is known as masseter hypertrophy or more commonly, square jaw. Botulinum Toxin is a highly successful treatment that can beautifully contour the lower face and create a slim, feminine jaw.
Botulinum Toxin FOR OTHER INDICATIONS:
Newer information including our recent research has shown that Botulinum Toxin also affects sebaceous glands (oil glands), blood vessels in the face and skin texture.